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Feb. 26 to March 4: Cell Video, Alfalfa Field and OSU Visit

Last Week in Noble Research

By Courtney Leeper, Writer

Posted Mar. 6, 2017

Here's a quick look at what went on in research at the Noble Foundation last week.

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  1 Tuesday, Feb. 28

Doppler radar-like videos show us what's going on in a cell.

With spring approaching, meteorologists will soon be broadcasting Doppler radar videos of thunderstorms popping up over the #southernplains. Microscopists have their own version of Doppler radar-like videos to tell them where and when exciting events are taking place within a cell. Shown here is a single root hair cell expressing a genetically- encoded reporter that detects #calcium #ions. Like #nervecells, #plantcells use #waves of calcium to #communicate with each other. In the case of this root hair cell, bursts of calcium (shown as red pulses) are highest at the tip of the cell where growth is occurring rapidly. Advanced microscopes and reporter #genes allow @noblefoundation #scientists to probe deeper into the hidden world of plant communication. #plantscience #everynoblestory #plantcell #plantbiology #cellbiology #knowyourroots #rooting #oklahoma #dopplerradar #arabidopsis #roothairs #microscope #timelapse #cellbiology #biology

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  2 Thursday, March 2

Stocker cattle grazing as part of a study at the Noble Foundation Pasture Demonstration Farm.

  3 Friday, March 3

Brian Motes, a senior research associate in the perennial grasses breeding program, checks out a field of alfalfa.

  4 Friday, March 3

Another alfalfa field is infested with cotton root rot (caused by a soil-borne fungus). Postdoctoral fellow Chakradhar Mattupalli, Ph.D., takes a sample to find out what's going on in the soil.

  5 Saturday, March 4

Oklahoma State University students visited the Red River Farm, where they saw research on forage-based beef cattle systems in action.

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