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!

MMPRNT Group Meeting and Don’t Mess with Switchgrass!

Last Friday we had our group wide meeting which was held at MSU’s Agronomy Farm. The day was full of project updates and discussion about current and future work. See the photo of our every growing team below:

Cody has been leading efforts in the Friesen Lab to grind root tissue for elemental analysis and recently posted about a showdown between a particular root segment and the metal tumbler used as part of the grinding process. Check out a photo of the aftermath below and the full post here:  http://friesen.plantbiology.msu.edu/?p=657

Start of Field Season 2017!

On Monday (3/27) and Tuesday (3/28) we took our first samples of the year in switchgrass plots at our Lux Arbor and Lake City field locations. We were able to capture soil samples prior to emergence of switchgrass and out next sampling will be timed to occur after emergence, but before fertilizer application. Below you can see of picture of Darian in front of a switchgrass plot from Monday and a time lapse video of the crew sampling a plot on Tuesday at Lake City.