Slug hunting!

It’s finally warm enough for fieldwork, so SAU Intro Bio students headed to the woods to collect slugs. We caught three different species and lots of them. This week we are setting up experiments to test lots of original hypotheses including how far slugs will go for a beer (one of their favorite foods), whether hormones like melatonin effect food consumption, and even if dubstep music deters slugs. Stay tuned!

Rhizobia homes!

SAU Inro Bio students uprooted their clovers to see if the legumes had formed symbiotic relationships with the soil bacteria, called rhizobia. Success! It differed across treatments, and almost every tiny clover plant formed root nodules to house rhizobia bacteria. The rhizobia fix nitrogen for the plant in exchange for food and a home. Science is SO COOL!

Everything’s coming up clovers

Intro bio students are studying the relationship between nitrogen-fixing bacteria (rhizobia) and legumes (clovers). These tiny clovers have been in different soil treatments forming nodules to house rhizobia. This week we get to count them!

Cricket wrangling…

…requires creativity and patience. Just ask Ambrose seniors who started researching cricket mating behavior in their capstone evolution course. We start independent research projects this week. Stay tuned! #purringcrickets