Ecology and the Learning Environment

Posted 5 years 10 months ago

The slowest-moving indicators can often be the most difficult to study, requiring patience and a general knowledge of many overlapping correlations. It's axiomatic that the seeming constants in life become the benchmarks and things we depend on, even though there are no true constants - with the exception of change itself. Learning from these changes also takes a great deal of patience, honed skills of observation and a diversity of knowledge that runs through many disciplines. Ecology is the study of the many systems that work together to form our natural environment, and so it...

Genetics a key to better biofuels

Posted 6 years 3 weeks ago

In the public realm at least, biofuels have been on a bit of a roller coaster ride over the last 12-15 years, as their promise becomes mired in politics and regional agriculture issues. But in research labs across the country and at UGA, scientists have held steady.

A newly published genetic sequence and map of foxtail millet, a close relative of switchgrass and an important food crop in Asia, is giving scientists working to increase biofuel and crop yields a powerful new tool.


Lead author Jeffrey Bennetzen, Giles Professor and Georgia Research Alliance...

Scientists connect gene mutation to van Gogh's Sunflowers

Posted 6 years 2 months ago
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Vincent van Gogh produced five versions of sunflowers in vases or bouqets, each subtly distinct from the others. Often accused of the dual curse of genius and madness, UGA scientists have confirmed that, though van Gogh may have had other struggles, inaccurate vision was not among them.


In a study...

Genome Mapping to Biofuels

Posted 6 years 4 months ago

Since at least the 1970's, University of Georgia researchers and engineers have been working on the many different facets of developing renewable energy sources, from biodiesel to fermentation, soil sequestration and more. The many different avenues provided opportunities for crucial bench-scale breakthroughs that have allowed further related research to flourish. That progress continues today:


Tree of Life

Posted 6 years 4 months ago

Evolutionary biology is the 10-meter spring board for some of the greatest questions in science and epidemiology. How do species arise? How do genes diversify and acquire new functions? How do pathogens evolve and how does that information lead to new and better understanding of diseases?

The study of evolutionary relationships is called Phylogeny, and one of the world's foremost experts in phylogeny is David Hillis, who will visit the department of genetics on Feb.15. Elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2008, Hillis will present a seminar, "Applications of the...