How sex chromosomes diverged within a species

Posted 4 months 2 weeks ago
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New research from an international team of breeders, genome scientists, and plant biologists at UGA sheds light on longstanding questions about the origin and early evolution of sex chromosomes, and at the same time serves as a foundation for asparagus breeding efforts:

While most flowering plants are hermaphrodites, garden asparagus plants are typically either male (XY) or female (XX), although YY "supermales" can be produced in the greenhouse. Growers prefer all-male plants, as they live longer and do not self-seed. Breeders produce all-male XY seed by crossing an XX female, with...

Focus on Faculty: Paola De Santo

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Assistant professor of Italian in the department of Romance languages, Paola De Santo combines the study of language and culture through innovative courses, study abroad and internship opportunities:

I am an assistant professor of Italian in the department of Romance languages, part of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. I currently teach undergraduate and split-level (undergraduate/graduate) courses in Italian, mostly at the 3000 and 4000 level, but occasionally at the lower levels as well. I also have developed a study abroad program in collaboration with UGA’s residential...

Sixth annual Spotlight on the Arts

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The visual, literary and performing arts take center stage beginning November 1 during the sixth annual Spotlight on the Arts festival, which features nearly 100 events and exhibitions over 12 days:

The festival begins Nov. 1 with "Kaleidoscope: Spotlight on the Arts Opening Celebration," an hourlong showcase of student performances in dance, music, theater and creative writing at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. Spotlight on the Arts, which continues through Nov. 12, includes art exhibitions and demonstrations, book talks and readings, film screenings and theater, and music...

Courage on Climate Change

Posted 4 months 3 weeks ago
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The Office of Sustainability hosts a discussion today with former U.S. congressman Bob Inglis (R-SC), "Finding the Courage to Come Together on Climate Change":

Mr. Inglis is a six term congressman from South Carolina who is advocating a free market approach to begin dealing with the problems associated with the burning of fossil fuels. He is currently Executive Director of republicEn.org, a growing grassroots community of over 3,750 Americans educating the country about free-enterprise solutions to climate change.

Monday, October 30, 4:30 pm, Miller Learning Center, room 214...

Childhood stress-related resistance to vaccines

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The effects of stress on contemporary life continue to come into focus. Added contributions will come from UGA researchers trying to understand why stress experienced during childhood could make vaccines less effective for some people:

The researchers will study immune responses based on age, and whether or not stressful life experiences like physical or mental abuse, poverty, or adversity such as chaos in the home or neglect, can increase resistance to vaccines.

About 250 people ranging from age 18 to 85 will participate in the study. During the first of several lab visits...