Taking Care of Business During Winter Break

During winter break, Amanda Wobbleton ’14 has been carefully nurturing the plants that are part of her departmental honors research project.

Under the direction of Eric Kindahl, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, Amanda is looking at the nutrient uptake kinetics of two species of emergent plants. Mycorrhizae fungi, which colonize the roots and better enable plants to take in crucial nutrients, were introduced to some of the plants and not others. Later, once the fungi colonize the root system, she will feed the plants using nitrogen-rich water and measure how well they take in the nitrogen.

Knowing which plant species readily absorb nitrogen from the water will help environmental biologists select the most appropriate plants for wetland restoration.

Amanda will present her research and findings during departmental honors presentations in April.

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