The lab is off to a great start for the Fall 2017 semester welcoming Loren Rivera-Vega as a postdoc, Janaina Câmara (PhD student), Kristin Hamons (MS student) and Jon Hernandez (Research Asst.). We are also happy to have undergraduates Connor Purcell and Malissa Klemp joining Kayleigh Boll, Sean Keegan, Allison Lazear and Manuel Ramirez in the lab as members of what we affectionately refer to as “Polly’s Army”.
Greg received an Excellence in Innovation Award from Texas A&M Technology Commercialization. See full story here.
Tyler and Greg take the fight for applied microbiology to the streets! Thanks to everyone around the world who turned out for the March for Science on Earth Day 2017.
Congratulations to Tyler Raszick for winning the Best PhD Student Presentation prize at the 18th Annual Ecological Integration Symposium at Texas A&M!
Greg did a TV interview with local station KBTX about the cotton fungal endophyte work in the lab that led to the development of a commercial product with industry partner, Indigo Ag.
Source: From The Ground Up.
Our industry partner and endophyte collaborator, Indigo Ag, released the results of their 2016 commercial launch of Indigo Cotton planted on 50,000 acres across the US cotton belt. The 2016 results showing positive impacts of fungal endophyte treatment on cotton yields were presented for the first time as part of a research presentation by Greg at the 2017 Beltwide Cotton Conference.
The old lab website was recently transitioned to conform with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ WordPress template. In the process, it looks like we lost the archive of past lab news items including all the student awards, research updates and media appearances for the past 5+ years. Oh well, let’s look to the future.
Still getting used to the new system, but I’ll see what we can do about getting this show back on the road with some new content! As of today, the Lab Blog and Publications pages have been updated.
The first of several forthcoming papers from the lab about fungal endophyte effects on nematodes has just been published in FEMS Microbiology Ecology. The work was part of Dr. Wenqing Zhou’s PhD project and demonstrated the effects of Chaetomium globosum strain TAMU 520 as an endophyte in cotton on nematodes feeding belowground, as well as aphids and caterpillars attacking the plant aboveground.
The fungal endophyte, Chaetomium globosum, affects both above- and below-ground herbivores in cotton. Zhou, W., Starr, J.T., Krumm, J. & Sword, G.A. (2016) FEMS Microbiology Ecology (early access).
Here’s a story about the lab’s fungal endophyte work and partnership with Indigo Agriculture.
(Alternative title: Greg unveils new Corporate Ecologist look)
Congratulations to Tyler Raszick who won first place in the 19th Annual Graduate Student Forum. His presentation was titled, “Boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis) population genomics as a tool for monitoring and management.” Tyler’s project has been generating some very interesting quality data, and the award was well-deserved.
The Graduate Student Research Forum showcases research conducted by the Department of Entomology’s graduate students. Winners get a fancy certificate and some cash money, which in Tyler’s case was wisely invested in buying his advisor a refreshing pint!
You can read the full story here.