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Multi-Point Storm Chasing

The University of Missouri Storm Chasing Team isn't interested in hurtling toward tornadoes. There's much more interesting data to collect.

University of Missouri Storm Chase Team leader Taylor Trogdon cringes a bit at TV scenes of storm chasers plunging recklessly toward a tornado. While such antics may gather seconds of dramatic video, the action does little to scientifically understand the mysteries of America’s strongest storms.

CAFNR Ag Journalism Sophomore Wins Emerging Leadership Award

Whitney Wallace, CAFNR class of 2010 agricultural journalism major, was awarded the 2008 Emerging Leadership Award by the University of Missouri Department of Student Life’s Center for Leadership Development. The award was presented at the Chancellor’s Excellence Award ceremony in early April. Wallace is one of CAFNR’s rising stars. In addition to her coursework, she is the public relations chair…

Jan Dauve Earns 2008 MU Outstanding Adviser Award

Jan Dauve, director of undergraduate studies and adviser chair in the agricultural economics department, was presented the 2008 University of Missouri Outstanding Adviser Award.

Celebration of Excellence 2008

Frederick B. Mumford Awards 2007 Distinguished Service Award: Lowell Miller 2007 Outstanding Staff Award: Donna Vaught 2007 Outstanding Faculty Award: Robert Sharp Outstanding Teaching and Advising Awards 2008 Outstanding Teacher: Brad Fresenburg 2008 Outstanding Undergraduate Adviser: Anthony Lupo 2008 Outstanding Graduate Adviser: Azlin Mustapha 2008 Outstanding Teacher: Patrick Market Distinguished Research Award 2008 Outstanding Researcher: Jerry Taylor J.W. Burch State…

Farmer grows fish in old hog barns, shows value of diversifying farms

Abandoning the hog business to start a fish farm may seem an odd choice in Missouri, but that’s exactly what Higginsville, Mo., farmer Ellis Dieckhoff did when he converted his hog barns into a hatchery for bluegill, which he sells as bait fish.

The Pathway Plants Use to Fight Back Against Pathogens

MU study determines what happens between sensing the threat and activating a defense

Think that a field of plants is a bucolic place free of strife? Try again. It is a battlefield of chemical warfare between defending plants and attacking pathogens. And the plants are waging a good fight, according to a University of Missouri biochemist. Previous studies have shown that plants can sense attacks by pathogens and activate their defenses. However, it has not been known what happens between the pathogen attacks and the defense activation, until now. A new MU study revealed a very complex process that explains how plants counterattack pathogens. This discovery could potentially lead to crops with enhanced disease resistance.

Helping Farmers Help a Hard Luck Bird

Conservation and Agriculture Need Not Be At Odds, MU Research Project Shows

Things have been rough for the bobwhite quail since the 1950s when intensive “fence row to fence row” farming destroyed much of their habitat. Today’s quail population is about one-fifth of what it was during those days.