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Harvest Round Two

Harvest: Round Two

On August 10, the MU Drought Team harvested their field of corn plants at Bradford Research Station for the third time this summer. Although the process and end goal was exactly the same, round three went much faster than the first time. There were 30 people...

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Meet DeShawn Toliver

DeShawn Toliver, an undergraduate student from Fort Valley State University (FVSU), is the MU Drought Team’s new summer student. He’s majoring in plant science with a biotechnology concentration. FVSU is located in Fort Valley, Georgia with an undergraduate enrollment of just under 2,500 students. It’s...

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Scientists work on maize samples.

Sweet Mutations

[gallery ids="291,292,293,294,295,296,297,298,299,300,301,302,303,304,305,306,307,308"] MU’s South Farm Research Center fields are filled with corn plants. But, not all of these plants are in perfect health. One of the most effective approaches scientists have to understand biological processes is to study mutants to understand what happens to the plant when...

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Rooting for a Good Harvest

Root-ing for a good harvest

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1TlgYXKJh4[/embed] On June 13, 2017, the MU Drought Team had their first harvest of the summer at Bradford Research Center. A 17-person team, organized by graduate student Shannon King, helped dig up and remove hundreds of roots from the field, preserve them in liquid nitrogen, and...

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Sterling and Beverly

IPG Pre-Symposium Workshop

On June 6, 2017, The MU Drought Team hosted the IPG Student/Postdoc Pre-Symposium Workshop in the Bond Life Sciences Center. The workshop primarily focused on roots and drought. The goal was to give the attending students and postdocs the opportunity to interact with and learn from the...

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Scientists install the drip tape.

Every Experiment has a Control

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J__J0RiFV8g[/embed] Although the purpose of the field experiment is to stimulate drought, random rows of plants throughout the field were chosen as controls. Controls are necessary for any experiment and usually serve two purposes. First, controls show that the system is behaving the way the researchers expect from previous knowledge, experience, and observation. Second, if something...

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Scientists work on the mobile greenhouse.

Mobile Greenhouse Simulates Drought

[embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7kgUIwq-x8[/embed] On May 16, the MU Drought Team planted the first round of corn for the summer. This is part of an on-going research project that aims to develop a drought-tolerant variety of corn. The corn was planted at Bradford Research Station off Rangeline Rd., and...

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Sweet Mutations

Growing Synergy Between the Lab and Field

Originally published by CAFNR News Service By Stephen Schmidt When it came to studying the physiology and function of nodal roots of corn, Bob Sharp knew it was going to take an army. Fortunately, it did not take him very long to assemble an interdisciplinary team — six of whom are members of...

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Science communication training

SciComm 101: Summer Workshop series

Too often the work of scientists goes unseen. As they toil in labs and in the field, there are amazing stories that go untold. Times are changing however, and scientists need to learn how to tell their own stories in a way that’s easy to...

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