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  • MS in Agronomy & Horticulture UNL Degree Program
    Kathy Schindler kschindler1@unl.edu 402-472-1730
    This community is designed for online students who are pursuing a Master's of Science (MS) Degree through the UNL Department of Agronomy & Horticulture.  Taking classes from a distance offers unique opportunities and challenges.  Many Distance Education students are mid-level professionals who work full time, run businesses or may have a family to support. This virtual community is a place to share and exchange information and hear from other online students about their experiences. The goal is to make the Distance Education experience better for our students. Click on the MS Agronomy & Horticulture link at left to see more information.

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  • Sustainable Agriculture Models in the Midwest
    Instructor: Chuck Francis
    Established with the aid of a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant, this project was created to offer insight into what sustainability within agriculture actually looks like. Spread across eastern Nebraska, ten different farming operations are featured across the twenty different videos. Each farmer was interviewed by a high school student from a nearby school about what their operation does, how and why they choose to manage it in a certain way, and what makes it sustainable as well as what would make it more sustainable. Each video is accompanied by a short document including an overview of the operation, teaching objectives, and several questions to foster classroom discussion. Context specific modules were created encompassing the concept of sustainability as defined by social, economic, environmental factors. These additional modules pull information from across the different farmers to illustrate an overarching concept. It is our belief that creating modules exploring these three areas will increase appeal to educators outside of vocational agriculture departments. Business classes could easily incorporate the module on Niche Marketing or Biology classes the module on Soil Health. Our belief is that the true value of this tool lies in its locality. Resources for sustainable agriculture curricula are readily accessible with a quick Internet search, but few offer the added benefit of being directly applicable to the classroom’s region. These videos bring the farmer from the field into the classroom to enhance a segment of valuable, already packed class time with ease--providing instructors with the ability to connect course concepts to a real, regional farmer. The goal is not to substitute school to farm visits, but to facilitate an easier, less time-intensive alternative to readily supplement daily course material. Discussion documents that compliment each video provide contact information for the farmers to open up the possibility for taking the process a step further and bringing the classroom out to the farm. A deeper discussion may ensue following an introductory discussion based upon the provided video segments. Further, promotion of the cross-disciplinary potential of the videos will broaden the audience of students being exposed to alternative systems of agriculture and illustrate the relatedness of agriculture to every subject.

  • TCAP Undergraduate Community
    Jamie Sherman jsherman@montana.edu Mary Brakke brakk001@umn.edu Deana Namuth-Covert dcovert2@unl.edu
    Undergraduate Students in TCAP Click on the map below to see where TCAP students are located across the country.  Once the map opens in a new tab you can click on the red dots to learn more.   Undergraduate Research Internships in Plant Genetics and Plant Breeding The Plant Breeder Training Network for Undergraduate Students (PBTN – US) provides an excellent experience for students who wish to understand the science of plant genetics and plant breeding and acquire training in research. Students will gain knowledge and skills by assisting a graduate student with research and, with advice from their graduate mentor, planning and implementing an independent research project.   Purpose To meet global demand for food in the coming decades, new crop varieties adapted to conditions of changing climate, limited land, water and nutrient resources and unyielding disease pressure are needed.  This work requires the collaborative efforts of scientists with knowledge in the areas of genetics, genomics, breeding strategies and experimental design and the application of tools of molecular genetics and computational biology.   PBTN-US provides a way for undergraduate students to gain experience and skills in many of these areas, to learn about careers in research, and to prepare for the next step in their own research career. PBTN – US provides: paid research internships mentoring by trained graduate students interaction with undergraduate interns at other institutions interaction with professional plant breeders in academia and industry funds for travel to a scientific conference to present research results   To learn more about research internships, click below for a description of research projects and contact information. Research Projects http://triticeaecap.org/?q=node/11   Please contact us with any questions you have about plant breeding or internship opportunities.   Mary Brakke brakk001@umn.edu   Jamie Sherman  jsherman@montana.edu   Deana Namuth-Covert dcovert2@unl.edu

Featured Animations
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    Herbicide Metabolism: Hydrolysis
    General and specific examples of major hydrolytic Phase I reactions are shown in this animation.
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    Marker Assisted Selection
    An animation showing how plant breeding has changed over time, including the use of molecular markers.
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    Using a Punnett Square to Make Predictions
Featured Lessons
  • Transformation 1 - Plant Tissue Culture This lesson explains the technique of tissue culture as used in plant transformation. It discusses important issues, such as the use of selectable markers, genotype specificity, and tissue culture alternatives.
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  • Plant Pigments and Photosynthesis This lesson will examine the two major classes of phototsynthetic pigments, chlorophylls and carotenoids, their biochemical structures and their biosynthesis. The organization of these pigments into ...
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  • Module 5: Allergenicity This lesson discusses some of the issues that consumers experience following exposure to certain foods. This lesson will define and discuss food allergies, properties of food allergens, as well as the...
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  • Quantitative Trait Locus (QTL) Analysis 2 This is the second of a two-part series that describes the methods and uses of QTL analysis.
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  • Clasificación de los herbicidas Esta lección se enfoca en entender el sistema de clasificación en el cual están organizados los herbicidas. Terminología como clasificación, jerarquía de clasificación, ejemplos de clasificaci...
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