Roots in Drought

Seeing the Science

How Sidharth Sen is programming the future of data visualization By Marlee Baldridge * Imagine if every time you played a video game, you were unable to save. You might spend hours playing up to a certain point, before a dumb mistake or impossible “boss” sent you...

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The Impacts of COVID-19 on Field Research

As the world tentatively begins to reopen from a three-month long COVID-19 quarantine, some people are hopeful life can jump back to normal. However, in the agriculture research realm, the setbacks of COVID-19 will have consequences long surpassing quarantine.  [caption id="attachment_1046" align="alignleft" width="708"] Researchers plant flags...

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WHAT IS MULTI-OMICS? HOW WILL IT HELP US?

And what the heck is a metabolome? By Michelle Lumpkins & Marlee Baldridge **** Biochemical processes are extremely complex. The Roots in Drought plant scientists are unraveling this complexity using a new method called multi-omics to analyze patterns in plant genes, proteins, and metabolomics (base chemicals). This...

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The Roots in Drought Grant: An Oral History

In March 2016, an interdisciplinary group from across the Mizzou campus received exciting news. After three attempts, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded these researchers a $4.2 million grant to study how drought impacts the growth of nodal roots in corn.  “We just kept grinding away....

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COMIC: The dirt on cover crops!

Cover crops are what farmers plant during their growing off-season to help prepare and protect the soil for their cash crop. Cover crops can offer many benefits for a farmer’s soil such as: obstructing erosion, supporting the physical and biological properties of soil, providing nutrients,...

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Rainout shelters help Missouri farmers manage drought

Article originally posted by Lauren Polanski, The Columbia Missourian   COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — In July 2002, a drought settled over Missouri that lasted 99 weeks and finally ended in May 2004. Eight years later during late August, Missouri suffered the most intense drought in its history. The...

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Climate change pushing rain out of the Midwest

Global warming isn’t just changing the intensity of storms, it’s changing the way they move. *** In research due for publication, Mingfang Ting, PhD, of Columbia University presented new research about how global warming is affecting U.S. agriculture at the December American Geophysical Union meeting.  Computer modeling had...

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