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Three new articles about chemical ecology

It’s been a busy year and we’re pleased to have contributed to the following studies, each focusing on different aspects of plant chemical ecology. Schultz JC, HM Appel,…

Stafford Greenhouse Facility – Open for classes!

A sneak peek at the new Inge P. Stafford Greenhouse for Teaching and Research which has been under construction this winter.  We’re very excited and ready to start teaching in…

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Carbon dioxide information is beautiful (and scary)

Ideas, issues, knowledge, data — visualized! This clever illustration from the “Information is Beautiful” is from the website of David McCandless, a London-based author, writer and designer.  It…

Seagrasses sequester carbon dioxide

There are about 20 billion tons of carbon sequenstered in living seagrasses.  About 10% of this, or 2 billion tons, are contained in (poly)phenolic substances.  These substances are likely to influence…

Seeing Red: the future of seagrasses?

We’re into red leaves.  Why?  Because often the red substances are anthocyanins.  These colorful compounds can shield plants from the harmful effects of too much light, especially dangerous UV…

Trees worldwide a sip away from dehydration

Plumbing systems operate on a razor’s edge, leaving forests vulnerable.  This by Susan Milius in ScienceNews. “Trees in most forests, even wet ones, live perilously close to the limits of…

Reef Rumble! Corals attacked by seaweeds use chemical cues to call in grazing fish

Ok, I’ll be honest.  As plant biochemists we usually cheer for the guys in green (in this case, the seaweeds).  But even we can make an exception when fleshy…

school of fish in coral

Ocean fertilization debate goes private

Ocean fertilization is a type of geoenginerring involving the addition of limiting nutrients to ocena surfaces with the goal of increasing phytoplankton productivity, which may take up and store…

1500 and counting……

  Our recent PLoS ONE paper, coauthored by Dickinson students Hannah Leahey, Chris Mealey, and Kelly Maers, passed the 1,500 download milestone this month.  Not bad for a…

Halloween special – the secret of the moaning sands revealed.

Well it has nothing to do with the oceans or plants but today’s article from Jane Lee (Science magazine) highlighted new research we find fascinating.  She writes: “When…

Carbon dioxide makes us (and fish) dumb

Here’s an interesting recent study showing the hidden impact of high carbon dioxide levels, this time in office buildings and schools, on cognitive function.    Elevated carbon dioxide…

Building Progress on campus!

The Stafford Greenhouse – solar panels up!  Ready for classes and research this winter.  What an upgrade from our 1961 lean-to hothouse.  The Rector addition, right behind…our department…

Wish we were (still) there: Carlos Duarte talks about seagrasses and climate change at UQ

On the second anniversary of UQ’s Centre for Marine Science Professor Carlos Duarte is giving a special seminar on the role seagrass meadows  in mitigating the effects of climate change.  Having…

Survey says: climate change favors soft-bodied seaweeds

A high CO2 world is likely to favor some marine macroalgae over others.  Marguerite Koch and coworkers recently published a meta-analysis, Climate change and ocean acidification effects on…

Global Scholars – Australia study abroad students present their research

Five of the Global Scholars presented their work yesterday at the annual international research symposium hosted by Dickinson’s Center for Global Study and Engagement.  Christine, Nicole and Stephanie  (not shown)…

Upcoming Seminar – Ocean Acidification and Coastal Marine Communities

First Global Scholars Research Presentations

On Monday, September 24 the Global Scholars Australia group will give their first research presentation during the Center for Global Study and Engagement’s annual study aborad research symposium.  Come learn…

Progress on our new glasshouse facility!

The new Stafford Greenhouse is under construction, with completion scheduled for November.

Sweet sensations – trees move sugars but not nitrogen resources to wound sites

Our new manuscript, “Is polyphenol induction simply a result of altered carbon and nitrogen accumulation?,” has been accepted for publication in Plant Signaling & Behavior.  This paper describes experiments…

Improved facilities and our NSF-sponsored Chemical Ecology course

New greenhouse, lab, and office facilities on the way…… Dickinson College has received a $1 million gift from alumni John ’59 and Inge Paul Stafford ’58 to fund…