For botanist Ken Cameron, orchids fascinate as well as inspire him to further research in plant evolution and biodiversity.
Botany grad student Evan Eifler rediscovers Geissorhiza esterhuyseniae in the remote peaks of South Africa.
Arboretum Research Fellowship Recipients Announced
Congratulations to Botany PhD candidates Jared Beck and Rachel Jordan who were recently announced recipients of the Arboretum Research Fellowships! They will receive one year of support and access to Arboretum land and resources.
Seeing things more clearly, thanks to campus-wide microscopy effort
Thanks to the efforts of several University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers (including Marisa Otegui) and funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), UW–Madison scientists will soon have a cutting-edge new TEM.
‘Foray’ draws scientists to Wisconsin in search of mushrooms, fellowship
Now in its 44th year, the Smith Lake States Mycological Foray gathers mushroom experts to collect samples, share mycological gossip and debate the evolution of these enigmatic organisms.
In dangerous fungal family’s befriending of plants, a story of loss
Researchers show that gene loss — not the evolution of new genes — helped drive the fly amanita mushroom into its symbiotic relationship with plants.
An ocean apart, carnivorous pitcher plants create similar communities
Asian pitchers transplanted to Massachusetts bogs can mimic the living communities of natives so well that the pitcher plant mosquito — a specialized insect that evolved to complete its life cycle exclusively in North American pitchers — lays eggs in the impostors, new research shows.
Blazes of light reveal how plants signal danger long distances
The plants produce a protein that only fluoresces around calcium, letting the researchers track its presence and concentration. Then came caterpillar bites, scissor cuts and crushing wounds.
Greenhouses contend with the climate to keep plants growing
The university’s greenhouses, which include plants from all over the world, provide study material for botany and horticulture courses and the precisely controlled climates required for research experiments.
Muir Woods research works to understand how plants have sex
Botany grad student Melody Sain is studying how — and why — different plants have sex. Her project involves early meadow-rue plants in Muir Woods.