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Schnable co-authors study on gene regulation networks Friday, August 19, 2016
James Schnable
James Schnable, assistant professor of agronomy and horticulture, co-authored a study published in the Aug. 18 issue of the journal Science. His research focuses on methods to combine genomic data from different grain crops — like corn, sorghum, and millet — to make it easier to figure out the function of genes in individual crops.

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Undergraduates spend summer developing extension and research skills with UNL mentors Friday, August 12, 2016
Martina La Vallie, Augustana University, Professor Dennis McCallister, UNL
Undergraduate Research and Extension Experiential Learning Fellowship in Integrated Agronomic Systems provided a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to work directly with experts and faculty mentors in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture.

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Roberts named Great Plains Graduate Fellow Thursday, August 11, 2016
Caleb Roberts
Agronomy Ph.D. student Caleb Roberts has been named a Great Plains Graduate Fellow. The Graduate Fellows Program of the Center for Great Plains Studies provides space for selected graduate students to work, meet, obtain support, learn from fellow students, engage with the Center for the Great Plains Studies faculty and staff, benefit from the center's resources and progress in the degree programs in their home departments.

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Research: Eastern redcedar may affect School Land Trust Thursday, August 11, 2016
Eastern redcedars
A new article authored by agronomy and horticulture students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln indicates that the expansion of eastern redcedar into grasslands reduces grazing capacity and therefore could reduce funding available for public school education in Nebraska.

Full story at UNL Today


UNL horticulture major awarded American Floral Endowment scholarship Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Jaclyn Nelson
The American Floral Endowment has awarded Jaclyn Nelson, a University of Nebraska–Lincoln horticulture major, the Jacob and Rita Van Namen Marketing Scholarship for 2016. Nelson, a senior minoring in agribusiness, is the owner of Marie's Floral in Wallace, Nebraska. She interned last summer at Tessfresh Flowers in San Diego, California and this summer interned at Bachman's in Minnesota as part of the AFE Mosmiller Internship Program.

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UNL team brings home top honors from student regional weed contest Monday, August 8, 2016
Zahoor Ganie competes for UNL Weeds Science Team
Twenty-eight UNL students participated in the North Central Weed Science Society Student Weed Contest, July 27–28, and brought home top honors. Ryan Langemeier, an agronomy major, won the undergraduate Herbicide ID category.

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Restoring prairie and fighting wildfire with drone-launched fire balls Thursday, August 4, 2016
Ecologist Dirac Twidwell wants to change the way we think about prescribed burns. The University of Nebraska professor says he can harness extreme fire to restore grasslands on the Great Plains. And, with the help of the Nebraska Intelligent MoBile Unmanned Systems (NIMBUS) Lab, he has created a small drone that launches ping-pong balls-sized "dragon eggs" of fire to help him do it safely and cheaply.

Full story at EurekAlert! The Global Source for Science News


UNL viticulture field day a big success Monday, August 1, 2016
UNL Viticulture field day in Arapahoe, Nebraska
More than 40 people from Nebraska, Kansas and South Dakota attended the UNL Mechanization and More Viticulture Field Day held at Old Cellar Vineyard on July 16 in Arapahoe, Nebraska. Owner Gary Thompson and his staff were the consummate hosts, according to University of Nebraska Viticulture Program Director Paul Read.

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One hundred forty attend Herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth Management Field Day Thursday, July 28, 2016
Amit Jhala, Nebraska Extension Weed Management Specialist discusses a project with Field Day
Palmer amaranth, a member of the pigweed (Amaranthaceae) family, is one of the most troublesome weeds in Nebraska corn and soybean fields. Of particular concern is Palmer amaranth resistant to atrazine and HPPD-inhibiting herbicides (Callisto, Laudis, Impact) in south central Nebraska. This is due to its proximity to intense seed corn production, which is primarily reliant on these herbicides for weed control.

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Wortman bringing awareness about sustainable food production to LES Sustainable Living Festival Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Sam Wortman
Sam Wortman, the new assistant professor and environmental horticulturist in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, will be taking part in this year’s LES Sustainable Living Festival, Aug. 13, at The Railyard, in Lincoln’s West Haymarket. “I believe one approach to improving the sustainability and resiliency of our food system is to increase local and home food production,” Wortman said.

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