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Cotton and Soybeans and Corn, Oh My! 

I never thought I’d be asked “So, what industry uses maple syrup?” but there I was, explaining the concept of starting your morning with some fresh pancakes with homemade maple syrup to a graduate student visiting from China. I think I can safely mark that...

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Roots in Drought: Inside Mizzou Podcast

In this edition of the Inside Mizzou Podcast, researchers Dr. Bob Sharp, professor in professor in the Division of Plant Sciences and director of the Interdisciplinary Plant Group, and Shannon King, a doctoral student specializing in field biochemistry, sit down with Chancellor Cartwright to discuss...

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Image of the eclipsed sun

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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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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