MU Drought Team Tag

Meet Amelia Griffith

Amelia Griffith is the newest member of the MU Drought Team. She was brought on to  help advance prior research conducted by Dr. Robert Sharp’s lab focused on how the nodal roots in corn are able to waterproof themselves and keep growing, even under drought...

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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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Meet Nick Baert

Nick Baert joined the MU Drought Team in January 2018, specializing in plant stress biology with a focus on studying root systems at the genetic level. This year, he's spent most of his time identifying specific gene mutations among different strains of corn and analyzing...

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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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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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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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