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  • Posted on October 11, 2019
    Deep in the Weeds

    If you were to come across a patch of thale cress poking through a crack in a parking lot, you might not think much of […]

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    Science Outreach: A Versatile Training Tool

    Genetics professor Xuehua Zhong is a true believer in the power of outreach to instill a love of science in young people and develop mentoring […]

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    A Model Solution

    When agronomy professor Chris Kucharik and his wife, Amy, moved into a subdivision in the Town of Burke in 2006, they weren’t surprised to learn […]

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    Big Data Wranglers

    The video clip shows some very colorful calves. It’s an overhead view of five young Holsteins, but none of them is black and white. They […]

  • Posted on June 19, 2019
    ‘App’-riculture

    Mike Cerny has been farming long enough to have a reliable intuition when it comes to decisions about applying chemical protection to his crops. So […]

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    The Protein Professor

    Srinivasan Damodaran came to the United States in 1976 from South India, where the green revolution was fueling an explosion of wheat and rice production […]

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    The Case for Healthier Tomatoes

    At some point in your life, you’ve probably gone to class knowing you left an assignment unfinished. The knot in your stomach grew as homework […]

  • Posted on February 25, 2019
    A Different Beet

    Last fall, when the “Gastropod” podcast came to UW–Madison to partici­pate in the 2018 Wisconsin Science Festival, hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley asked Irwin […]

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    Plant Breeding: ‘The Slowest of the Performing Arts’

    The table beet is a biennial plant. That means, left to its own devices, a beet plant takes a full two growing seasons to complete […]

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    To Live and Learn Together

    The summer vegetables sag in the wake of the first frosts. But the low October sun still warms the fields of the Eagle Heights Community […]

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    Knowledge Applied

    Should a school district close an elementary school with shrinking enrollment, or will student numbers rebound in the coming years? What’s the outlook for a […]

  • Posted on October 17, 2018
    Craft Cider’s Comeback

    A lot of cider apple trees — the kind that produce fruit for hard apple cider — aren’t easy to come by. Most of them […]