UW researcher to send cotton into space to improve its growth on Earth

Botanist Simon Gilroy will study cotton seedlings grown on the International Space Station in a project that could help researchers understand how to develop plants that use water more efficiently.

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Don Waller in WPR: Tribal forests more diverse, sustainable than surrounding forests

"The deer seem to be curtailing tree regeneration. They’ve decimated the understory, cover and diversity in many areas, including those state parks that banned hunting for many years," said Don Waller. "On the Indian reservations, we have lower deer densities and a different approach to managing both forests and wildlife."

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Tribal forests in Wisconsin are more diverse, sustainable

Researchers found that many of the differences between tribal and nontribal forests can be traced back to the lower density of deer on the tribal lands.

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L&S winners: Cool Science Images 2018

A panel of eight experienced artists and scientists judged the scientific, aesthetic and creative qualities of 171 images and videos submitted by UW–Madison faculty, staff and students — a record number of entries for the eighth annual competition.

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L&S wins nine of twelve UW-Madison Distinguished Teaching Awards

Twelve faculty members - nine of them from the College of Letters & Science - have been chosen to receive this year’s Distinguished Teaching Awards, an honor given out since 1953 to recognize the university’s finest educators.

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On Wisconsin Public Radio: UW botany professor Simon Gilroy grows plants in space

Since the 1960s, scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have been studying how plants will grow in space. WPR talks with Professor of Botany Simon Gilroy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who has been leading a research team to study the effects of growing plants in a zero gravity environment.

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Zero gravity plant growth experiments delivered to space station

The latest resupply mission to the International Space Station delivered hundreds of seeds to the spacefaring research lab Sunday, Dec. 17, to test how plants grow in the stressful environment of zero gravity.

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In the Big Ten Network: How a Wisconsin undergrad is introducing the world to astrobotany

For University of Wisconsin-Madison senior Kai Nakano Rasmussen, astrobotany is more than just an academic calling; it is a passion that has led him to create an original rap, website, and clothing line. Rasmussen is an undergrad researcher in Wisconsin’s Gilroy Lab, which studies the effects different environments, including space, have on plant lifecycles.

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In The New York Times: How beets became beet-red

Beets, it turns out, have evolved a separate way of being red from other members of the plant kingdom. In a paper published in New Phytologist, UW-Madison biologists and colleagues from universities around the world reported that they have discovered a key step in the evolution of this process, which not only helps explain the origins of a brilliant natural color, but could have uses far beyond brightening your dinner table.

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