104 undergrads receive stipends for summer research projects Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Malayna Wingert, a sophomore biological systems engineering major from Sterling, Nebraska, lifts a water sample out of Holmes Lake as Anni Poetz and Maddie Carpenter record data in August 2020. The students worked under faculty member Jess Corman this summer through Nebraska's UCARE program.
The following two agronomy and horticulture students, listed with their year in school, academic major and project title, received summer UCARE awards: Rachel Clarkson, sophomore, agronomy, “The Effect of Playa Wetlands Hydrological Zones on Decomposition.” Lizzie Schousek, senior, plant biology, “Falcarindiol and its Effectiveness as an Antifungal Agent.”

Full story at Nebraska Today


East Campus Discovery Days and Farmer’s Market will offer hands-on, science-focused experiences Tuesday, June 8, 2021
The East Campus Discovery Days and Farmer’s Market will offer hands-on, science-focused experiences from various Nebraska departments, as well as a vendor fair, live music and food trucks.
The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture has several activity stations planned for youth at its booth, at the East Campus Discovery Days and Farmer’s Market, a fun, family friendly event for all ages, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 12, July 10 and Aug. 14 on East Campus.

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4Rs Nutrient Stewardship Field Day set for July 15 Friday, June 4, 2021
The 4Rs is a nutrient management and water stewardship approach which emphasizes fertilizer use with the right source, right rate, right time and right placement of fertilizers.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is excited to offer the first annual 4Rs Nutrient Stewardship Field Day on July 15, 2021, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center in Ithaca.

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The Great Plains prairie needs fire to survive. These ranchers are bringing it back. Thursday, June 3, 2021
Dirac Twidwell | Craig Chandler, University Communications
Fire is as essential as sunlight for prairie plants. Frequent burns kill tree saplings before they can mature and disperse seeds. The flames also release nutrients in the soil that nourish new grass and flower shoots, and clear out old leaf litter so sunlight can reach them. The absence of fire has shifted the scales in trees’ favor, allowing millions of them to grow tall and reproduce.

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Thompson’s drone work helps inform, improve producer decisions Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Laura Thompson

Welcome to “She’s a Scientist,” a video series launched to highlight the work of female researchers at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Today, we’re showcasing Laura Thompson, associate extension educator with Nebraska Extension, who uses sensor-laden drones to fly over farms, collecting data that is used to show producers how to save money. The work is part of the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network, which collaborates with farmers to test new methods and technologies.

Full story at Nebraska Today


23 faculty awarded Nebraska Environmental Trust grants Friday, May 28, 2021
Natalie Jones | IANR Media The Nebraska Environmental Trust has awarded 23 grants totaling more than $2.1 million to University of Nebraska–Lincoln projects.

The Nebraska Environmental Trust has awarded 23 grants totaling more than $2.1 million to University of Nebraska–Lincoln projects.

The grants were awarded by the NET board last month, part of 113 projects receiving more than $18.35 million.

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Team IDs key to sorghum’s heat resilience, aims to boost corn’s tolerance Friday, May 28, 2021
Sorghum

Although sorghum is known to be much more heat- and drought-tolerant than its close relative corn, the underlying reason for this difference is not well-established. Solving this mystery may be key to developing corn that is more resilient to high temperatures and the often dry summer conditions in Nebraska and other parts of the Midwest.

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Creech receives sustainable agriculture grant Friday, May 28, 2021
Cody Creech

Cody Creech with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Scottsbluff, Nebraska has recently been selected to receive a $40,000 grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) for the project, "Developing Winter Barley as an Alternative Crop to Capture an Emerging Market and Increase Diversification and Sustainability."

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Study of 'misbehaving chromosomes' by Morris remains relevant to wheat scientists today Tuesday, May 18, 2021
M. Rosalind Morris | Photo courtesy of UNL Archives & Special Collections

M. Rosalind Morris, University of Nebraska–Lincoln emeritus professor of plant cytogenetics, is internationally recognized for her pioneering work in wheat cytogenetics and in showing the effects of irradiation on corn. Her career at Nebraska spanned from 1947 to 1990.

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6 honored with Milton E. Mohr Awards Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Balpreet Kaur Dhatt awarded Milton E. Mohr 2021–2022 graduate fellowship.

Six Department of Agronomy and Horticulture students have been named recipients of Milton E. Mohr 2021–2022 awards. These awards recognize outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in the sciences of biotechnology and engineering based on their academic performance and potential for accomplishments in their specific field.

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