2021.06

Urban Farm study: how managements affect leaf and root microbiomes 🍓. Great thanks to Bill Patterson, the owner of Patterson Fruit Farm!

2021.06

Collecting wild strawberries🍓 for experiments at Holden. These wild 🍓 are yummy. Jess and Elizabeth ate so many in the field!

2021.06

Wild strawberry🍓 survey at Holden with Jess and Elizabeth! Many polyploid🧬🧬🧬🧬 populations. Some with polyploids and diploids🧬🧬 coexisting.

2021.06

Duckweeds survey at Holden with Jess and Elizabeth! Half of the ponds with 3 species coexisting: Spirodela, Lemna, Woffia

2021.06

Plant care day: trim hundreds of 🌱 in the greenhouse by Maris and Jess. 🌱 ✨✨✨

2021.05

Measuring leaf traits using microbalance for experiment: plant–microbiome interactions 🌱–🦠 under environmental stress.

2021.05

Welcome to the lab👩‍🔬, Elizabeth! Elizabeth is interested in genetics and ecology. She works on how genome duplication🧬🧬 affects species interactions 🌱–🌱 under stress.

2021.05

Welcome to the lab👩‍🔬, Maris! Maris aims to become a forensic biologist solving crimes. She plans to learn 🧬 genotyping and sequencing in our lab.

2021.05

Year 2 field work: flowering phenology 🌸🗓 advanced by 2 weeks!
308 trees, 77 genotypes, flower microbiome collection 🍎 🌸🦠 is done in 2 days.

2021.04

First time driving a golf cart for field work! We are measuring flower color🌸using digital photography📷 in crabapples🍎

2021.04

A fun hunt for wild strawberries🍓at Holden Arboretum today. Some octoploid🧬🧬🧬🧬🧬🧬🧬🧬🍓are already flowering🌸(April 20)!

2021.04

We are transferring thousands of sterile plants🌱 into culture bags to sleep in ❄️ and wait for experiments🧫🦠🧬

2021.04

✨ New paper submitted: how plant mutualistic and antagonistic interactions at the rhizosphere and phyllosphere influence bidirectional relationships between floral VOCs and floral microbiome 🌸🦠

2021.03

😎 Crazy apparatus for measuring 🍓 leaf hydraulics💧 by Dr. Randy Long for a collaborative project with the Stuble Lab and Wei Lab at Holden.

2021.03

🎉 Jessica was awarded a Corliss Knapp Engle Scholarship in Horticulture from the Garden Club of America to study Malus leaf microbiome 🍎🦠🧬🧫

2021.02

Plant–pollinator interactions 🐝 🦋 in Malus 🍎 authored with lab members Miyauna Incarnato and Evelyn Kaufman for the International Ornamental Crabapple Society journal!

2021.02

Leaf fungal microbiome🦠 in Malus 🍎 authored with lab members Jessica LaBella and Evelyn Kaufman for the International Ornamental Crabapple Society journal!

2020.09

Excited to start the micropropagation of wild 🍓 and wild 🍎 for getting sterile clones for manipulative microbiome experiments.

2020.06

Our survey of plant–pollinator interactions in Malus 🍎 at Holden (pollinator icons by Cameron Squire)