If you've ever been to a you-pick blueberry farm and noticed little shriveled light-purple berries hanging from the bush, you likely witnessed a fungal disease called Mummy Berry. I am a PhD student studying this fungus, which colonizes floral tissue then grows inside of developing blueberries causing "mummification". Mummies rest on the blueberry orchard floor from late summer until early spring the next year. I am developing an organic control for this disease by studying how this fungus detects environmental changes and times its mushroom production with floral bud break the following spring. More information about Mummy Berrys can be found on Jade's Blog.
Inspiration Dissemination is a program on 88.7fm KBVR, Corvallis – Oregon State University’s student-run radio station. Two graduate students, Joey Hulbert and Zhian Kamvar, first aired the show on January 29th, 2012. Every Sunday, they invite an OSU graduate student to discuss their experiences and research project live over the radio at 7:00pm Pacific Standard Time. Each episode is recorded and kept for future post-production to create an episode for our podcast. A list of previous guests can be found here with the upcoming schedule listed here.
Each episode features a discussion about the guest's experiences before starting in their program, information about their program, details regarding what they are researching and why, as well as advice for other graduate and undergraduate students who may be listening.
Want to share your research on the radio? Let us know who you are and what you are studying!
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