Alan’s review paper published in Plant and Soil & MMPRNT featured in KBS annual report

Alan Bowsher’s paper, Effects of soil nitrogen availability on rhizodeposition in plants: a review was recently published in Plant and Soil. Congrats to Alan!

The MMPRNT project also featured in the KBS annual report. Check it out here:


Bethany Bohlen and intern Evan Kutz also produced a video series about the MMPRNT project over the summer. Here is the the first video in the series:

MMPRNT Autumn Group Meeting

Earlier this month we held our autumn MMPRNT meeting that featured some great presentations and discussions about the project. We had special guest talks from Jim Moran (PNNL) about tracking rhizosphere processes and Phil Robertson (KBS/MSU) about the new GLBRC. Special thanks to Jim Moran, Phil Robertson, Jim Tiedje, and members of Ashley Shade’s and Greg Bonito’s labs for taking part!

Participants in the autumn 2017 MMPRNT Meeting. Photo credit: Bethany Bohlen.

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.