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CPSC in the News

 
 
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Variable weather makes weeds harder to whack

According to a joint study between University of Illinois and USDA-ARS, changing weather  means common pre-emergence herbicides are less effective. With less weed control at the beginning of the season, farmers are forced to rely more heavily on post-emergence herbicides or risk yield loss.

“We're having more variable precipitation, including conditions where folks aren't able to plant because fields are too wet. In those cases, pre-emergence herbicide applications are getting pushed back into a period that is consistently drier,” says Marty Williams, USDA-ARS ecologist, affiliate professor in the Department of Crop Sciences at Illinois, and corresponding author on the study. Read more here.

 
 
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Global analysis suggests COVID-19 is seasonal

In a paper published in Evolutionary Bioinformatics, Illinois researchers show COVID-19 cases and mortality rates, among other epidemiological metrics, are significantly correlated with temperature and latitude across 221 countries.

“One conclusion is that the disease may be seasonal, like the flu. This is very relevant to what we should expect from now on after the vaccine controls these first waves of COVID-19,” says Gustavo Caetano-Anollés, CPSC professor and affiliate of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at Illinois, and senior author on the paper. Read more here.

 
 

Awards & Accomplishments

 
 
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CPSC Student Graduates with Highest Honors

Congratulations to Grace Carlberg for graduating with the academic distinction Highest Honors. Highest Honors is a distinction awarded to students with GPAs in the top 3%.

Grace talked about her experience in Crop Sciences.

"I took a lot of classes at the university, but I think it is very safe to say that the crop sciences classes that I took were my favorite. I have heard that a lot of college students change their major while they are in university because they discover classes or subjects that they are more passionate about, but I think that taking crop science courses only strengthened my love of plant science."

Read more about her experience here.

 
 

Faculty Announcements

 
 
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An Introduction by Dr. Emily Heaton

We are so pleased to welcome Dr. Emily Heaton as a new member of the CPSC faculty. You can learn more about Dr. Heaton here.

 
 
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Farewell to Dr. Nathan Kleczewski

Dr. Nathan Kleczewski has left UIUC to serve as the Director of Regional Training with Growmark Inc. We appreciate his years of hard work in the department and wish him all the best in this new opportunity.

 

 
 

Extra! Extra!

 
 
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Final Morrow Plots Harvest of 2020

If you are tired of looking at all the snow, check out this video of the final harvest of 2020 at the historic Morrow Plots with a harvest recap by Allen Parrish, director of the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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