Showing posts from August, 2015

Grad Publication: Myles Fenske

A paper by Myles Fenske (Imaizumi Lab) and colleagues recently was featured on the cover of PNAS. Read more about their research on the timing of Petunia fragrance below.
When most people think of circadian clocks, they think of jet lag, and… well, just jet lag1. Circadian clocks are in need of an awareness campaign. Even accomplished life scientists are guilty of asking the question: “plants have clocks?2”. Indeed they do, as does most every organism on Earth. Yes, even bacteria.

Turns out, being able to synchronize internal and external physiology with the rotation of the Earth is kind of a big deal. The early bird gets the worm, and to be the early bird, you gotta have an alarm clock.

Clocks are incredibly effective at timing behavior because of how pervasive they are in regulating physiology. A recent study showed that upwards of 30% of the plant genome (specifically Arabidopsis) is under circadian clock control3. Clocks don’t just regulate physiology at a single point of contac…

Alex Lowe: Ecology Between and Below Pacific Tides: a new field course adds a twist to a classic theme.


Beautiful Monsters

UW Grad Students participate in many different forms of outreach. John Chau, who studies evolutionary relationships among members of the genus Buddleia (Butterfly Bush), writes about "local color" for a popular neighborhood blog the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog. He contributes to the Pikes/Pines series, providing a natural history context for the urban jungle.

Read his recent post on Beautiful Monsters describing the genetic horrorshow that is the cultivated roses.