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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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Learning from History

The Dust Bowl was not only an agricultural disaster, affecting more than 100 million acres, but a humanitarian crisis. Some sources estimate that between 300,000 - 400,000 families from the Midwest were displaced and left homeless as their farms failed. The cause of the disaster...

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Nodal roots

Split-Root System

Roots are widely considered important by plant scientists, despite the difficulty that comes with studying them – they are buried underground after all! Root studies commonly focus on the water or nutrient uptake and root interaction with the plant. The MU Drought Team’s research specifically focuses...

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Eclipse

On August 21, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the United States. Columbia, Missouri is in the path of totality and the area of greatest duration. There are many accounts of solar eclipses that discuss how animals behave strangely. During the 1932 eclipse, scientists in...

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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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Cheyenne Becker

Meet Cheyenne Becker

Cheyenne Becker is the newest member of the MU Drought Team. She and her husband recently moved to Columbia, Missouri, from Kansas. “My husband is originally from Columbia so we moved back here and are currently saving up for our first house,” Becker said. “Staying in...

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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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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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