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The Jones lab has received NSF funding for a project entitled “Intraspecific variation in drought responses of tropical tree seedlings – consequences for species distributions under climate change”. The work is a multidisciplinary study in collaboration with Drs. Liza Comita (Ohio State) and Bettina Engelbrecht (U. Bayeruth). The team will be looking at the degree to which populations of tropical trees are locally adapted to moisture conditions across a rainfall gradient in Panama. The Jones lab portion of the project will be looking at the degree to which populations are genetically structured using molecular markers.



It started as the 25 Year Club and this year OSU recognizes Blaine Baker, Len Coop, Bruce McCune, Pat Muir, Jay Pscheidt, Virginia Stockwell and Jeff Stone for 25 years of service, Itsue Pfund for 30 years, and David Sugar for 35 years!!



Endangered golden paintbrush blooms at Finley Wildlife Refuge after being planted as seeds in 2010 by Tom Kaye and his colleagues at the Institute of Applied Ecology..............



Dr. Roy Young was a Professor at Oregon State University, serving as Head of the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology from 1958 to 1966, Dean of Research from 1966 to 1969, acting President in 1969 and 1970, and Vice President for Research from 1970 to 1976. In 1985 Dr. Young received Oregon State University’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award.



Jamie Coggins, pictured here with her nephew, is a botany major who will graduate this coming June. She has spearheaded the BPP Club as President this academic year in various fund raising activities for the annual Spring Break Trip....



To celebrate the 100th anniversary, the CBS Symposium held April 12-14 2013, at UC, Berkeley was themed "Botanical Frontiers: Past and Future". Aaron Liston spoke on "New tools for old questions in California botany: Genomic studies of Fragaria and Rosaceae"



John Myers is Artistic Director of the Oregon Flora Project. An artist and botanical illustrator, he will be coordinating the graphic design and development of the Flora of Oregon as well as contributing many beautiful illustrations. With a degree in Zoology and Microbiology, many years spent as a field biologist, and former researcher and staff illustrator at the Missouri Botanical Garden, John's skills will provide a major contribution to the Flora of Oregon that is due for completion in 2015.



Eric Larson, a junior double major in Botany and Microbiology, has been working with Jennifer Parke on the Sudden Oak Death pathogen and will present a poster on his work at the annual APS meeting in Austin, Texas this coming August.....



Fossils provide the foundation on which our understanding of plant evolution rests, thus illuminating and deepening our understanding of modern vegetation. Paleontological studies inform and enrich our knowledge of plant cell fine structure, anatomy, morphology, organismal development, and reproductive biology, as well as population dynamics, community interactions, extinct ecosystems and biomes, climates of the past, paleobiogeography, and changes in global geochemical cycles. Such studies also contribute enormously to the knowledge of organismal interactions, plant evolution, systematics, and phylogeny...........



Assembling the transcriptome of a noxious weed: New resources for studying how plants invade. Scientists from Oregon State University and Portland State University develop the transcriptome and other genetic resources of an invasive plant, Brachypodium sylvaticum, for extensive research on plant adaptation



Ken Johnson and Todd Temple's new publication in Plant Disease evaluates strategies for fire blight control in organic pome fruit without antibiotics.............



We examined and compared population genetic structure in a suite of four co-occurring Panamanian tree species and performed coalescent-based analyses of demographic history to evaluate hypotheses of tropical vegetation change during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM).



Valerian Dolja, Professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, has been elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Dr. Dolja's research investigates the mechanisms of vesicular and organelle trafficking driven by the myosin motor proteins. Members of the Academy, known as Fellows, are elected through a highly selective, annual, peer-reviewed process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.



Nik Grunwald, Jennifer Parke and Jerry Weiland will be featured speakers: Nik Grunwald "Reconstructing the emergence of the sudden oak death pathogen Phytophthora ramorum". Jerry Weiland “Rediscovering Pythium in forest nurseries of the Pacific Northwest”. Jennifer Parke "Phytophthora community structure in Oregon nurseries"



Gene expression profiles of the biological control strain Pseudomonas protegens Pf-5 inhabiting pea seed surfaces were revealed using a whole-genome oligonucleotide microarray.