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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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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 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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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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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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