Daniela talks about MMPRNT with K-12 teachers

On August 11th, our research technician, Daniela, gave a presentation to a group of Michigan K-12 teachers about the MMPRNT project. Graduate students at KBS organized a workshop for teachers to learn about current research and for professional development. Daniela spoke about the importance of understanding nitrogen cycling in biofuel cropping systems, field sampling, and new experiments that we will be conducting in the lab. These new experiments include a 13C pulse-chase experiment to see how switchgrass influences its microbiome through root exudation. In one of the photos, you can see Daniela demonstrating how we insert ion exchange resins into the soil to determine nitrate and ammonium concentrations and accumulation rates. The presentation concluded with a quick tour of the three sampling plot types at our Lux Arbor field site: switchgrass, restored prairie, and historical vegetation.

2017 All Sites Sampling Completed

The MMPRNT field crew recently completed sampling at all six of the Marginal Land Experiment field locations located throughout Michigan and Wisconsin. Great job team! Special thanks to everyone at UW-Madison, Rhinelander Agricultural Research Station, Hancock Agricultural Research Station, MSU Forest Biomass Innocation Center in Escanaba and Lake City Research Center for helping to make the trip a success.

See some pictures from the trip below!

Diversity experiment started in greenhouse & welcome to new group members!

The Tiemann and Friesen labs recently set up a long term greenhouse experiment to look at the impact of of plant diversity and soil origin on switchgrass productivity and plant-microbe interactions. Check out some pictures below!

Photo by: M. Friesen
Photo by: M. Friesen
Photo by: D. Smercina
Photo by: D. Smercina

 

We’d also like to welcome a number of new technicians Daniela, Christin and Zhenyao that will be helping out with the MMPRNT project at KBS and main campus. The MMPRNT project also extends a big welcome to summer undergraduate students in the Evans Lab: Francisca (REU), Harry (REU), and Khalilah (URA) and Friesen Lab: Jon (LTER-REU), Brandon (SROP). Shaping up to be a great summer!