Drought Team Tag

Key to grant has been collaboration

By Abby Werner As they reach the end of the Roots in Drought grant, the principal investigators have begun to reflect on the unique opportunity of collaboration that the grant presented them with. “This project has truly involved an integrated and interdisciplinary team,” said Dr. Bob Sharp,...

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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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VIDEO: Harvest Season for the Roots in Drought Grant

https://youtu.be/Gi_msBaORoQ Like all good science, the Roots in Drought experiment needs to be replicable. This is the second harvest in this project, and Shannon King hopes to use the data collected to reaffirm the candidate selection from last year's harvest season.   Photo by Roman Synkevych on Unsplash...

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Reflections from Graduate Students

In August 2018, members of the MU Drought Team as well as others from the University of Missouri traveled to Beijing, China, to attend the a workshop on Responses and Adaptations of Plants and Ecosystems to Changing Environments at China Agricultural University (CAU). During the...

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Interview with a Farmer

In this video, the students used their new journalism skills to conduct an interview with a local farmer about his experience collaborating with the research station to increase his farm’s production. The farmer’s son is currently pursuing an MBA to come back and help the...

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Making a Broader Impact: Sharing research in China

Courtesy of CAFNR News Written by Logan Jackson University of Missouri graduate students Shannon King and Rachel Owen spent the first Sunday of November in Baltimore speaking to a room full of Global Plant Council members and guests about the importance of science communication – especially for...

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Rough Start

When I was in the seventh grade, I got into a shouting match with my science teacher. He absolutely insisted a fertilized egg was an embryo. I disagreed- the textbook was very clear that a fertilized egg was called a zygote, and I deserved the...

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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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