Flagging For Pest Research, June, 2024.

Three people stand next to a flooded wild rice paddy

After we get done planting it's time to flag the paddies. In this photo we are preparing to flag a production paddy for some upcoming pest research. It's important that we differentiate the paddy into treatment blocks so that we can see the effect of our treatments. Check back later for updates on this research! 

Planting Season 2024 Completed, May, 2024.

A man and woman sit atop a tractor with a planter attachment in a field.

This planting season has been a wild ride with the wet weather over the last month. Nonetheless, we have finished up planting several paddies at the North Central Research and Outreach Center as well as multiple on-farm trials. We also have isolation tanks set up around the research center to grow populations that require more isolation for a variety of reasons. We are ready for the growing season to take off!

New Transcriptome Paper Published, April, 2024.

Picture on the left is a zoomed out photo of wild rice plants with dead leaves showing symptoms of fungal brown spot, right picture is a photo of leaf lesions caused by Bipolaris oryzae

Claudia's new paper was published in the journal Frontiers of Plant Science. Her research investigated the transcriptomes of both wild rice and Bipolaris Oryzae, the pathogen causing fungal brown spot in wild rice, during infection and disease development. This study identified gene expression relating to plant defense as well as pathogenicity, which may serve as targets for the selection of more disease resistant plants. Read the paper here!

Maybell Presents at CFANS Research Symposium, March, 2024.

Cut out from poster. Title reads Deciphering Developmental Dynamics: A Gene Expression Atlas of Northern Wild Rice

Maybell presented at the CFANS research symposium, which is an event that allows researchers from the undergraduate to the faculty level to share their research. Maybell displayed data related to her gene expression study in wild rice, which looks at how genes are expressed across many tissue types. We are glad she was able to show off the hard work she has done on this project! See the full poster here!

Student Spotlight, February, 2024.

A man in a university of minnesota shirt stands in front of wild rice.

Nathaniel grew up in Grand Rapids Minnesota but is from Helena Montana. He graduated from Grand Rapids High School and is currently going to Itasca Community College for a certificate in GIS. After ICC he plans to go to UND for the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics UAS operations. In the program he helps with various tasks and flies the imaging drone. He enjoys fishing and swimming at his cabin and flying his drone.

Student Spotlight, January, 2024.

A man holding using a pipette and a woman smiling and looking down at a data sheet.

Nangah is a Cameroon native and second-year Human Physiology student at the University of Minnesota. She is passionate about understanding physiological aspects of the human body and how it ties to nutrition. She is also captivated by the endless possibilities of biotechnology. Nangah aspires to elevate healthcare in Cameroon through her studies. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and learning new languages.

Kane is a Plant Science major who grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota, but is originally from The Florida Keys where he spent most of his summers growing up. He is broadly interested in plant-pathogen interactions, aquatic plants, and ethnoagriculture. In his spare time he likes traveling, reading, and trying new foods. 

A wild rice seedling scan.

Nangah and Kane are undergraduate students in the lab working on characterizing seedling traits in cultivated wild rice.