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Up in smoke University ecologists help firefighters protect Nevada’s lands Written by Ashley Andrews

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UNR rangeland ecologist recognized for conservation efforts

University of Nevada, Reno Rangeland Ecology Professor Tamzen Stringham was recently recognized for her contributions to rangeland science and management when she received the California-Nevada Chapter Soil and Water Conservation Society’s 2019 Merit Award at the group’s Annual Conference. (full article)

Great Basin seed study experiment targets rangeland restoration

A new $500,000 USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture funded project at the University of Nevada, Reno will use genetic studies and new seed stock and seeding strategies to find the most compatible seed and seed combinations for the various zones in the massive Great Basin. 

Closer to the Land: Environment and Ecology in Nevada now on display at Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center

The exhibit focuses on the contrasting environments found in Nevada and the Great Basin, and the relationship of the environment to its living inhabitants including humans, animals, and plants.

USDA grants $4.97 million for research evaluating snowpack and water allocation

Is agriculture at risk from changing water availability? Twelve researchers from five institutions in three states, representing several academic disciplines, aim to find out.

Improving potato genetics

When most people think of potatoes, the word research does not usually follow. But with their Mr. Potato head mascot watching over the lab, the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology plant biology tag team, Dylan Kosma and Patricia Santos, are searching for ways to reduce potato crop losses during storage.

Forest post-drought recovery times are increasing

Franco Biondi’s Dendro Lab research contributes to understanding how long trees can survive during drought.

Biondi, professor of natural resources and environmental sciences, studies the vascular system of trees; specifically, how trees transport water from the ground to the atmosphere. A recent study in which he participated looked at what happens when the capillary forces within the vascular system are broken or strained during drought.

Mercury concentrations low in Main Station Farm soil following winter flooding

Soil samples taken from the University of Nevada, Reno’s Main Station Farm in Reno show that mercury concentrations are low, and pose no threat to plants, animals or humans.

“When we read reports of higher levels of mercury along Steamboat Creek we wanted to be sure our land was not affected,” said Bill Payne, dean of the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources. “Sampling soil for a variety of reasons is one of the many things our scientists do on a regular basis, and we have one of the world’s foremost experts on mercury in the environment, Mae Gustin. It just made sense for us to determine for ourselves what the effects the flooding might have had, and whether current mercury levels had any implications for plant and animal products from Main Station.”

Feral Horses – The Effects of Doing Nothing

The ecological consequences of poor grazing management in the desert ecosystems of the American West’s Great Basin can be severe. To find out how severe, I met Dr. Barry Perryman, rangeland ecology professor at the University of Nevada, at a dry water well near the 230,000-acre Fish Creek Complex Herd Management Area on public lands managed overseen by the Bureau of Land Management near Eureka, Nevada.

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