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March 18, 2017

Dr. Jack Schultz and Dr. Heidi Appel will be talking about plant behavior for the Toledo (Ohio) Naturalists Association on March 18, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. Secor Metropark, Secor Room (more information here).

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March 1, 2017

Dr. Heidi Appel will be presenting about “Plants sensing danger: the surprising role of vibration detection” in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo, at 4pm, Room 1049, Bowman-Oddy Hall.

Plants have surprisingly complex sensory systems that allow them to track changes in their environment and warn them of danger.

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February 12-17, 2017

Dr. Melanie Body will be representing the lab and its collaborators at this year’s Gordon Research Conference on Plant-Herbivore Interactions with a poster on phytohormones in poplar aphid galls.

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January 23, 2017

Arabivibe crew at the Arabivibe Summit.

Arabivibe crew at the Arabivibe Summit on January 22, 2017 (from left to right: [front row] Tessa and Abdul, [back row] Sabrina, Dhru, Rex, Heidi, Will and Lex.

Arabivibe crew at the Arabivibe Summit on January 22, 2017 (from left to right: [front row] Tessa and Abdul, [back row] Sabrina, Dhru, Rex, Heidi, Will and Lex.

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January 20, 2017

Paul Pepper welcomed back Dr. Jack Schultz, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri, on kbia Mid-Missouri Public Radio, to talk about genetic and contagious diseases and the basic research to finds their cures. Have you ever heard of penicillin? Sure you have; it was discovered by accident. How about a vaccine that will treat cancer cells, or a life-saving drug for Spinal Muscular Atrophy with origins at the University of Missouri? One could happen, the other already does. Jack explains it all – Watch!

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January 10, 2017

The Schultz-Appel Lab’s work was featured on the “Earth – The Big Questions” section of the BBC website. The article also includes a good discussion about plant sensory biology in general. Article available here.

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December 20, 2016

Dr. Jack Schultz has been interviewed by AG-Matters to talk about “Deciphering the Chemical Language of Plants”. Read the article here.

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December 12, 2016

Dr. Jack Schultz gave a talk on “How Missouri saved wine for the World” on December 12 at 6:00 pm, at the Science Cafe at Columbia’s Broadway Brewery.

Dr. Jack Schultz speaking at the Science Cafe, Columbia MO

Dr. Jack Schultz speaking at the Science Cafe, Columbia MO

December 7, 2016

Dr. Jack Schultz gave a talk at the Farming Smarter conference and trade show in Medicine Hat, Alberta, about plant communication (program here).

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November 11, 2016

Paul Pepper welcomed back Dr. Jack Schultz, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri, on kbia Mid-Missouri Public Radio, to talk about the Tasmanian devil. What do you really know about this marsupial most famous for it’s Looney Tunes counterpart? If your answer is “not much,”, enjoy!

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November 4, 2016

Dr. Heidi Appel gave a seminar at the 6th annual DuPont Plant Sciences (program here), at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, on the vibrational world of plant communication: “Plants Sensing Danger: The Surprising Role of Vibration Detection”.

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September 13, 2016

Paul Pepper welcomed back Dr. Jack Schultz, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri, on kbia Mid-Missouri Public Radio, to talk about the effects of climate change on eggs in the wild. Jack says, “you think of eggs as just sort of sitting there…[but] embryos inside eggs are actually way more alert about what’s going on outside the egg than we thought.” Watch!

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August 15, 2016

The Schultz-Appel Chemical Ecology Lab welcomes Tessa Foti and Adeline Morris on the Arabivibe project.

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Adeline Morris

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August 1, 2016

Clayton Coffman accepted a teaching position at the Vanderbilt University Center for Science Outreach (Nashville, Tennessee), starting on August 1st, 2016. He will be teaching middle and high school students who come to the campus once a week to do research projects.

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July 28, 2016

Summer 2016 Undergraduate Research Forum at the University of Missouri. Students from the Schultz-Appel Chemical Ecology lab presented their project during the poster sessions on Thursday 28th from 1:30pm to 3:30pm (schedule here) at the Life Sciences Center.

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Lex at the Summer Undergraduate Research Forum (July 28th, 2016)

Lex at the Summer Undergraduate Research Forum (July 28th, 2016)

Abdul at the Summer Undergraduate Research Forum (July 28th, 2016)

Abdul at the Summer Undergraduate Research Forum (July 28th, 2016)

Kira at the Summer Undergraduate Research Forum (July 28th, 2016)

Kira at the Summer Undergraduate Research Forum (July 28th, 2016)

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July 15, 2016

Reshma Khanna will be attending Medical School at the Andrew Taylor Still University in Kirksville.

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July 7, 2016

Paul Pepper welcomed back Dr. Jack Schultz, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri, on kbia Mid-Missouri Public Radio, to talk about some of the technology featured in shows like ‘Star Trek’, 50 years later. Like members of the USS Enterprise, it’s now commonplace to read books on portable screens, and their ‘communicators’ are our current cell phones. But what about teleportation or parallel universes? Jack explained the reality of that which was once considered to be only science fiction. Watch!

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June 20, 2016

Nicole Odom has accepted the position of Research Specialist I at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute at the University of Missouri-Columbia, starting on June 20, 2016. She will be analyzing hand and cranial x-rays for skeletal maturity in order to update the methods used by clinicians for U.S. children.

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June 17, 2016

After 9 years as Senior Research Scientist in the Division of Plant Sciences and as a member of the MU graduate faculty, Dr. Heidi Appel accepted the position of Dean of the Jesup Scott Honors College and Professor with tenure at the University of Toledo (Toledo, Ohio), starting on August 15, 2016.

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Since 2007, Dr. Heidi Appel has made many important contributions to Division of Plant Sciences and MU through her teaching, research, and student mentoring. Since 2012, she has also served as the Associate Director and Senior Associate Director of the MU Honors College.

Dr. Jack Schultz will be following his wife, Dr. Heidi Appel, one year from now, retiring from MU at the end of June 2017.

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June 10, 2016

The Schultz-Appel Chemical Ecology lab will host the LSC Social on Friday from 4:30pm to 6:00pm, room 572 of the Life Sciences Center.

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June 1, 2016

The Schultz-Appel Chemical Ecology Lab welcomes Shreya Sharma on the Galls project.

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May, 2016

The Schultz-Appel Chemical Ecology Lab welcomes Kira Kirk, from the Connecticut College, on the Arabivibe Project. She will study Lima bean extrafloral nectary response to caterpillar feeding vibrations during Summer.

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April 26, 2016

Spring 2016 Undergraduate Research Forum at the University of Missouri. Students from the Schultz-Appel Chemical Ecology lab presented their project during the poster sessions on Tuesday 26th from 1:30pm to 5:00pm (schedule here) at the Life Sciences Center.

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Keiran at the poster session for the Spring undergraduate research programme (April 26, 2016)

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Nicole and Will at the poster session for the Spring undergraduate research programme (April 26, 2016)

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Dhru at the poster session for the Spring undergraduate research programme (April 26, 2016)

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April 21, 2016

Clayton Coffman defended his thesis on “Far-red light influence on carbon allocation in Arabidopsis” from 12:00pm to 1:00pm at the University of Missouri.

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April 21, 2016

Paul Pepper welcomed back Dr. Jack Schultz, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri, on kbia Mid-Missouri Public Radio, to talk about the Zika virus. It’s been in the headlines lately, but what do you really know? While many questions still go unanswered, Jack gives us a quick overview that will hopefully clear up any misunderstandings you might have. Watch!

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April 18-23, 2016

Life Science Week at the University of Missouri. The poster sessions will be on Monday 18th and Wednesday 20th from 10:00am to 3:00pm (schedule here) at the Life Sciences Center.

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April 18, 2016

Dr. Heidi Appel has been featured on the blog “Unearthed | Sciences, Health and Environmental News“: Yes, plants can hear: A peek into the life of Dr. Heidi Appel.

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April 8, 2016

Dr. Heidi Appel gave a seminar in the Biology Department at Saint Louis University on “The vibrational world of plant communication”.

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February 26, 2016

Congratulations Wade Dismukes (former lab member) – A perfect trifecta for getting into all three grad schools applied for: Arizona, Iowa State, and Michigan!

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February 18, 2016

Former lab member Micah Fletcher has been accepted into the Quantitative and Computational Biology PhD program at Princeton University – Congrats Micah!

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February 18, 2016

Dr. Jack Schultz talked about communicating about science for the Life Sciences and Society Program. Why don’t you get it? Talking about Science in an Unreasonable Age.

Most people aren’t stupid, badly informed, or ‘anti-science’. Yet scientists fail to convince people about issues like the risks of vaccination, the reality of evolution, and the certainty of climate change. Why is this? We’ll look for answers in how our brains work to make us a successful but unreasonable species. It’s all in our heads!

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February 13, 2016

Dr. Jack Schultz gave a talk on “Why don’t you get it? Talking about science in an unreasonable age” at Saturday Morning Science, at the Life Sciences Center of the University of Missouri.

Most people aren’t stupid, badly informed, or ‘anti-science’. Yet scientists fail to convince people about important issues like the risks of vaccination, the reality of evolution, and the certainty of climate change. Why is this? We’ll look for answers in how our brains work to make us a successful but unreasonable species. It’s all in our heads!

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February 3, 2016

Paul Pepper welcomed back Dr. Jack Schultz, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri, on kbia Mid-Missouri Public Radio, to talk about why scientists are not understood by the general public. According to a study, it’s because ‘scientists aren’t trained in psychology or sociology.’ Find out why that matters, how it pertains to climate change and what’s being done to help break down the walls of communication!

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February 1, 2016

Dr. Jack Schultz gave a research talk on “Phylloxera galls on grape leaves are developmentally convergent on flowers” (Gall project) (Interdisciplinary Plant Group) at the Life Sciences Center of the University of Missouri.

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January 28, 2016

Dr. Jack Schultz presented “Plants, Bugs, and Microbes: Do You Hear What I Hear?” (talk title: “Plants Communication Through Chemical Signals“) at the 2016 Agriculture’s Innovative Minds Symposium in Salina, KS (part of the No-Till on the Plains conference).

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January 25, 2016

The Schultz-Appel Chemical Ecology Lab welcomes Abdul-Rahman Abdul-Kafi on the Arabivibe Project.

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January 1-16, 2016

Dr. Heidi Appel taught “Ecuador: Biology, Culture, and Sustainable Development” with a trip that included walks through the rainforest, a hike up Mount Chimborazo and visits to towns and villages throughout Ecuador. Dr. Heidi Appel taught the course along with David Cevallos, an Ecuadorian guide who helped with many of the logistics and served as a translator.

More info and pictures on Mizzou Undergrade Studies website.

Sunset from an observation tower in the Amazon basin overlooking the Napo River.

Sunset from an observation tower in the Amazon basin overlooking the Napo River.

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December 17, 2015

Paul Pepper welcomed back Dr. Jack Schultz, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri, on kbia Mid-Missouri Public Radio, to talk about ‘CRISPR’, which is “a way of editing genes”. Why do we do this? What are the benefits? Jack breaks it all down – watch!

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December 2, 2015

Dr. Heidi Appel gave a research talk on “Plants sensing danger: The surprising role of vibration detection” as part of the Physiological & Molecular Plant Biology seminar series at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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November 20, 2015

Dr. Heidi Appel and Dr. Rex Cocroft are in the top segments of The Academic Minute from this year.

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November 2, 2015

The Schultz-Appel Chemical Ecology Lab welcomes Omar Gatjens Boniche, a PhD student from Costa Rican Institute of Technology (TEC or ITCR; Cartago, Costa Rica) who is visiting our lab for a month.

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October 5-6-7, 2015

Dr. Jack Schultz and Dr. Heidi Appel gave invited talks, and Dr. Melanie Body presented a poster, at the Studium Conferences: Insects, pathogens, and plant reprogramming – From effector molecules to ecology.

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Le Studium Conferences, Tours (France) 2015 – Insects, pathogens, and plant reprogramming: From effector molecules to ecology

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October 5, 2015

The Schultz-Appel Chemical Ecology Lab welcomes Keiran Hyte on the Arabivibe Project.

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September 30, 2015

Paul Pepper welcomed back, on kbia Mid-Missouri Public Radio, Dr. Jack Schultz, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri, who talked about Missouri’s contributions to the wine industry. Did you know Missouri saved the world’s vineyards from losing all of their wine production in the mid-1800s? Watch Dr. Jack Schultz‘s conversation with Paul Pepper that touched on aliens and how we saved wine from phylloxera, a tiny aphid-like insect that feeds on roots and leaves.

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September 29, 2015

Lee Elementary School 3rd graders heared about the amazing world of “plant senses” from Dr. Heidi Appel, toured the Life Sciences Center, and saw their own artwork displayed in the lobby.

Lee Elementary School 3rd graders hear about the amazing world of "plant senses" from Dr. Heidi Appel on September 29th, 2015, tour the Life Sciences Center, and see their own artwork displayed in the lobby. (http://sciartreach.weebly.com/) Lee Elementary School 3rd graders hear about the amazing world of "plant senses" from Dr. Heidi Appel on September 29th, 2015, tour the Life Sciences Center, and see their own artwork displayed in the lobby. (http://sciartreach.weebly.com/)
Lee Elementary School 3rd graders hear about the amazing world of "plant senses" from Dr. Heidi Appel on September 29th, 2015, tour the Life Sciences Center, and see their own artwork displayed in the lobby. (http://sciartreach.weebly.com/) Lee Elementary School 3rd graders hear about the amazing world of "plant senses" from Dr. Heidi Appel on September 29th, 2015, tour the Life Sciences Center, and see their own artwork displayed in the lobby. (http://sciartreach.weebly.com/)

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September 25, 2015

Interview of Dean Bergstrom by a Mizzou journalist student. Research at the Bond LSC is looking to solve a grape vine problem with bugs called phylloxera (see our Gall project page for details). These bugs mutate the plant’s genetic structures to divert nutrients away from the grapes towards the homes these bugs make on the leaves, better known as galls.

September 25, 2015

Dr. Heidi Appel gave a research talk in the Biology Department at the University of Louisville (Louisville, KY).

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September 19, 2015

Lab dinner!
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September 14, 2015

We tend to think of senses being exclusively something experienced only by animals. But hearing, sight, touch, smell are senses that plants experience too, although in a different way. So how do plants “see” the sun and detect differences in light quality, or “hear” the vibrations of feeding insects, or sense movement and contact of objects on their stems and leaves? MU researcher Dr. Heidi Appel talked about “Plant Sense” at the Science Cafe at Columbia’s Broadway Brewery.

Dr. Heidi Appel's talked at the Science Cafe (Broadway Brewer, Columbia) on September 14, 2015

Dr. Heidi Appel’s talked at the Science Cafe (Broadway Brewer, Columbia) on September 14, 2015

Dr. Heidi Appel has been interviewed by a Mizzou journalist student after her talk at the Science Cafe (Broadway Brewer, Columbia), as well as Nicole Odom for a student perspective.

Dr. Heidi Appel being interviewed by a Mizzou journalist student after her talk at the Science Cafe (Broadway Brewer, Columbia) on September 14, 2015 Nicole Odom being interviewed by a Mizzou journalist student after Dr. Heidi Appel's talk at the Science Cafe (Broadway Brewer, Columbia) on September 14, 2015

September 14, 2015

The Schultz-Appel Chemical Ecology Lab welcomes Trudi Grant, a postdoc from Dennis Gray’s lab (University of Florida) who works on the gall project and is visiting our lab for two weeks.

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September 1, 2015

The Schultz-Appel Chemical Ecology Lab welcomes Reshma Khanna and Jacob Combs on the Galls Project, as well as Alexis Kollasch on the Arabivibe Project.

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Reshma Khanna Jacob Combs Alexis Kollasch

August 11, 2015

Dr. Jack Schultz gave invited talk, at the 100th ESA (Ecological Society of America) Annual Meeting, on Herding Cats: Bringing Social Science into the Research Enterprise.

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August 6, 2015

Dr. Jack Schultz gave invited talk, at the Mechanisms in Plant Development FASEB SRC (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Science Research Conferences), on Darwin’s Peach: A Molecular Basis of Insect Gall Development.

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July 31, 2015

Ryan, Briana and Samantha left the Schultz-Appel Chemical Ecology Lab.

Ryan Richardson Ryan Richardson now works as a lab technician at the Haswell Lab at Washington University in St. Louis. His project involves adapting and optimizing genetically encoded biosensors to measure membrane voltage in Arabidopsis.
Briana Lynch Briana Lynch has a two-year internship as an IRTA (Intramural Research Training Award) post-baccalaureate through the NIH (National Institutes of Health) with Dr. Thomas Quinn of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the John Hopkins Medical Center.
Samantha Breckenridge Samantha Breckenridge will be attending Pharmacy School at the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus.

July 30, 2015

Lab dinner!
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Schultz-Appel Lab, Summer 2015: Jack, Heidi, Dhru, Chung-Ho, Clayton, Nicole, Will, Melanie, Sam, Dean, Briana, Casey

Schultz-Appel Lab, Summer 2015: Jack, Heidi, Dhru, Chung-Ho, Clayton, Nicole, Will, Melanie, Sam, Dean, Briana, Casey

July 30, 2015

Poster session for the Summer undergraduate research programme 2015.

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Nicole at the Summer undergraduate research programme 2015

Sam and Dhru at the Summer undergraduate research programme 2015

Sam and Dhru at the Summer undergraduate research programme 2015

Laura at the Summer undergraduate research programme 2015

Laura at the Summer undergraduate research programme 2015

July 29, 2015

Dr. Heidi Appel gave invited mini symposium talk, at ASPB 2015 (American Society of Plant Biologists), on Plant Responses to Leaf Vibrations Caused by Insect Chewing.

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July 27, 2015

Dr. Jack Schultz gave invited mini symposium talk, at ASPB 2015 (American Society of Plant Biologists), on Darwin’s Peach: Insect Galls as Ectopic Flowers or Fruits.

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July 27, 2015

Paul Pepper welcomed back Dr. Jack Schultz, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri, on kbia Mid-Missouri Public Radio, to talk about the sounds of the night. What exactly are we hearing as the sun goes down on these warm summer evenings? Crickets, flies, cicadas… Oh my!

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July 13, 2015

Bridging the gap between science and art: an art/science camp to strengthen interdisciplinary research. Heidi Appel and Jack Schultz were invited to give the students a crash-course on the complex realm of plant-insect interactions and the equally nuanced world of scientific research. They delved into the nature and process of science as a knowledge-generating enterprise.

Heidi Appel and Jack Schultz explain the complicated, contentious relationship between plants and insects during the Summers at Mizzou camp “The Arts as a Portal to Science Communication.” // photo by Caleb O’Brien/BondLSC

Heidi Appel and Jack Schultz explain the complicated, contentious relationship between plants and insects during the Summers at Mizzou camp “The Arts as a Portal to Science Communication.” // photo by Caleb O’Brien/BondLSC

June 30, 2015

Dr. Heidi Appel talked about the feeding vibrations project on the Gastropod podcast.

A caterpillar and laser on an Arabidopsis plant (photo from a video made by Roger Meissen).

A caterpillar and laser on an Arabidopsis plant (photo from a video made by Roger Meissen).

Recording caterpillar munching (photo from a video made by Roger Meissen)

Recording caterpillar munching (photo from a video made by Roger Meissen)

June 19, 2015

Dr. Jack Schultz and Dr. Heidi Appel have been interviewed KCUR. Read the article “That Fresh-Cut Grass Smell? MU Researchers Say It’s Your Grass ‘Crying'” here.

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June 8, 2015

Dr. Heidi Appel published an overview of her media experience at The Conversation: Five things I learned when my research went viral

The author, Dr. Heidi Appel, sitting down for her n-teenth interview for the Conversation Roger Meissen, CC BY Click to enlarge 5.

The author, Dr. Heidi Appel, sitting down for her n-teenth interview for the Conversation (photo by Roger Meissen).

May 29, 2015

Paul Pepper welcomed back Dr. Jack Schultz, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri, on kbia Mid-Missouri Public Radio, to talk about one of the great mysteries of life: What causes allergies? As usual, Jack shared the scientific angle in easy-to-understand language – watch!

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May 28, 2015

Dr. Heidi Appel gives invited talk, at the 2015 IPG (Interdisciplinary Plant Group) Symposium, on The Interface Between Plant Responses to Insects and Other Plants Stressors.

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April 23, 2015

Paul Pepper welcomed back Dr. Jack Schultz, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri, on kbia Mid-Missouri Public Radio, to talk about “talking about science.” According to Jack, scientists complain that the average person is uninformed about basic science facts, but why?

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April 22, 2015

Dr. Jack Schultz has been interviewed by Dr. Mary McNeely, for People Behind the Science Podcast. He talked about “Chemical Compounds as Protectors of Plants”, read the article and listen to the interview here.

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April, 2015

Poster sessions for the Life Science Week (April 13-18, 2015) and the Spring undergraduate research programme (April 21-22, 2015).

Ryan at the Life Science Week poster session - April 15, 2015

Ryan at the Life Science Week poster session – April 15, 2015

Briana at the Spring Undergraduate Forum 2015 - April 21, 2015

Briana at the Spring Undergraduate Forum 2015 – April 21, 2015

Sam at the Life Science Week poster session - April 15, 2015

Sam at the Life Science Week poster session – April 15, 2015

Dhru at the Life Science Week poster session - April 15, 2015

Dhru at the Life Science Week poster session – April 15, 2015

March 14, 2015

Dr. Heidi Appel enjoys a steaming slice of rhubarb pie on Sci Over Pie for a special Pi Day premiere of “Plant Senses”.

March 10, 2015

Wade, Briana and some other of the state’s most remarkable students gathered for the University of Missouri System’s annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Jefferson City.

Wade Dismukes Wade Dismukes presented “Darwin’s Peaches: Grape-phylloxera Galls Interrogated by RNA-Seq” under the direction of Dr. Jack Schultz, Dr. Heidi Appel and Dr. Chris Pires.
Briana Lynch Briana Lynch presented “The Induction of Iridoid Glycosides in Scrophularia Species” under the direction of Dr. Heidi Appel and Dr. William Folk.
Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol - March 11, 2015

Photo (Left to Right): Janae Judon, Lindsey Mirielli, Casey Gibbons, Samantha Fullington, Christine Carson, Jason Robke, Adam Kidwell, Briana Lynch.

Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol - March 11, 2015

Photo (Left to Right): Katelyn Waidmann, Wade Dismukes, Emily McMichael.

March 5, 2015

Dr. Schultz and Dr. Heidi Appel recent study about transcriptional responses of plants to insect herbivores has received national coverage in the media.

Highlights of the study and interviews with Dr. Schultz and Dr. Heidi Appel appeared in the Washington Post, IFLS, MU News Release, The Splendid Table podcast, Quirks & Quarks podcast, and KCUR Radio interview among other media outlets.

Jack Schultz and Heidi Appel hold model Arabidopsis plants used in many of their experiments in the Bond LSC greenhouses - (C) Hannah Baldwin, LSC

Jack Schultz and Heidi Appel hold model Arabidopsis plants used in many of their experiments in the Bond LSC greenhouses – (C) Hannah Baldwin, LSC

Arabidopsis plants attacked by Pieris caterpillars

Arabidopsis plants attacked by Pieris caterpillars

Appel, HM, Fescemyer, H, Ehlting, J, Weston, J, Rehrig, E, Joshi, T, Xu, D, Bohlmann, J and Schultz, JC (2014) Transcriptional responses of Arabidopsis thaliana to chewing and sucking insect herbivores. Frontiers in Plant Science 5: 565.

March 4, 2015

Paul Pepper welcomed back Dr. Jack Schultz, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri, on kbia Mid-Missouri Public Radio, to talk about epigenetics, or “the higher level of organization” to our genes. Did you know that the amount of DNA in every one of our cells is almost 7 feet in length? (… I know, right?!)

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February 13, 2015

Dr. Jack Schultz and Dr. Heidi Appel have been interviewed by Science Daily. They talked about “Harm and response: Plants recognize and respond to different insects”, read the article here.

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November 21, 2014

Wade and Briana have been selected to participate in Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol. They will present their work to legislators and represent University of Missouri undergraduate researchers. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

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November 7, 2014

Paul Pepper welcomed back Dr. Jack Schultz, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri, on kbia Mid-Missouri Public Radio, to play another round of ‘did you know?’ Topics covered today are the colors of the leaves and the flu virus. What do YOU know?

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September, 2014

Two profiles of current undergraduate researchers of our lab, Wade and Briana, are in the latest edition of the Office of Undergraduate Research newsletter The Connection.

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More information here.

August 28, 2014

Paul Pepper welcomed back Dr. Jack Schultz, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri, on kbia Mid-Missouri Public Radio, to talk about everyday science information; for instance, did you know caffeine is an insecticide?

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July 24, 2014

Poster session for the Summer undergraduate research programme 2014.

Sam, Wade, Ryan, Melanie, Grace and Dhru at the poster session for the Summer undergraduate research programme 2014

Sam, Wade, Ryan, Melanie, Grace and Dhru at the poster session for the Summer undergraduate research programme 2014

Ryan at the poster session for the Summer undergraduate research programme 2014

Ryan at the poster session for the Summer undergraduate research programme 2014

Wade at the poster session for the Summer undergraduate research programme 2014

Wade at the poster session for the Summer undergraduate research programme 2014

Grace at the poster session for the Summer undergraduate research programme 2014

Grace at the poster session for the Summer undergraduate research programme 2014

July 1, 2014

Dr. Heidi Appel and Dr. Rex Cocroft recent study showing that plants can recognize the sound of predators through vibrations on their leaves has received national coverage in the media.

Highlights of the study and interviews with Dr. Heidi Appel and Dr. Rex Cocroft appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, National Public Radio, BBC and Time Magazine Online among other media outlets.

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Appel, HM and Cocroft, RB. (2014). Plants respond to leaf vibrations caused by insect herbivore chewing. Oecologia 175: 1257-1266.

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Cover picture for Oecologia

June 23, 2014

Pant defense response triggered by predator chewing noise presented by Dr. Heidi Appel and Dr. Rex Cocroft.

June 23, 2014

Lab dinner!
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Schultz-Appel Lab, Summer 2014: Melanie, Clayton, Chung-Ho, Briana, Dean, Sam, Heidi, Ryan, Dhru, Gina, Grace, Brett, Jack

Schultz-Appel Lab, Summer 2014: Melanie, Clayton, Chung-Ho, Briana, Dean, Sam, Heidi, Ryan, Dhru, Gina, Grace, Brett, Jack

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Arabivibe crew, Summer 2014: Cameron, Jeremy, Micah, Rex, Clayton, Heidi, Sam, Brett, Dhru

June 23, 2014

Paul Pepper visits with Margaret Tollerton, Missouri Cures, and Dr. Jack Schultz, Director of the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri, who is also the keynote speaker at Missouri Cures’.

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June 15, 2014

Victor Martinez-Cassmeyer left the Schultz-Appel Chemical Ecology Lab to join the Peace Corps.

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June 1, 2014

The Schultz-Appel Chemical Ecology Lab welcomes Dr. Mélanie Body, as a postdoctoral fellow, on the Galls project.

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March 11, 2014

Dr. Jack Schultz gave a talk on thoughts of plants, at the Science Cafe at Columbia’s Broadway Brewery.

Jack at the Science Cafe - March 2014

Jack at the Science Cafe - March 2014

December 23-30, 2013

Dr. Jack Schultz and Dr. Heidi Appel’s work has been feature in an article from The New Yorker: The Intelligent Plant. Read the article here.

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June26, 2013

Dr. Jack Schultz gave a talk at the SciTS 2013 Conference on “Learning and Training for Team Science“.

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January 2, 2013

Dr. Jack Schultz talked about plant methods of communication at the 2012 Farm Forum Event.

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January 1, 2013

The Schultz-Appel Chemical Ecology Lab welcomes Ryan Richardson on the Galls project.

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April, 2012

Dr. Jack Schultz presented “Eavesdropping on plants” for TEDxMU (TEDx Talk at the University of Missouri)

Dr. Jack Schultz has been watching insects eat plants for four decades. He discovered that plants complain about being eaten and call for help. There is a “conversation” going on all around us; plants are “talking” to other plants, to microbes, and to insects. He thinks that if we can learn to listen, we can interrogate plants about their experiences. “Do you have disease?” “What has been eating you?” “How’s the soil?” “Tell me about air quality.” Dr. Jack Schultz directs the interdisciplinary Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO.

March 1, 2012

Dr. Jack Schultz has been interviewed by Linda Richards for the blog If Nature Could Talk (The Science Behind Nature). Read the article “Plant Smarts: Do Plants Feel?” here.

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2008

Columbians come out for city’s first science cafe

Science cafes are a growing grass roots movement, where members of the community get together with a scientist to discuss relevant science topics, such as stem cells. Tuesday night’s science cafe, hosted by the Cherry Street Artisan, was led by MU Life Sciences Center Director Dr. Jack Schultz. His talk, titled “Got Grass in Your Tank?”, focused on biofuels as an alternative energy source.

“We live in a town with a world class resource as far as people who know things,” he said. “In this society, technical and scientific skills tend to be critical. A goal here is to talk about science.”

The format of Columbia’s first science cafe was modeled after science cafes held in Boston, Dr. Jack Schultz said. A scientist gives a simple and jargon-free presentation followed by a group discussion. About 30 people attended the discussion on Tuesday.

Read the full article in the Columbia Missourian here.

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2008

A life of science

Dr. Jack Schultz, the newly appointed director of the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center at MU, says making science available to everyone increases the public’s understanding of science.

There are few places where Dr. Jack Schultz isn’t communicating and interacting with everything around him. He is always interested in meeting and talking to people, and first encounters have filled many of Dr. Jack Schultz‘s days since he officially became director of the center on January 2.

Read the full article in the Columbia Missourian here.

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October 8, 2007

In their own words: Into the wild with Jack Schultz

Two different childhood loves led him toward two different career paths. In the end, he chose to make his love of nature his career, but he’s been known to carry his guitar to the jungle.

“I am naturally curious. Because I grew up in Chicago and only got out into the lakes and woods and streams about once a year, I was particularly curious about nature. And here I am — a professor — who follows curiosity as a way of making a living.”

Read the full article in the Columbia Missourian here.

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July, 2007

MU selects new director of Life Sciences

As the new director of MU‘s Life Sciences Center, Dr. Jack Schultz hopes to capitalize on the “unexpected result that might happen when you put two people together that might not talk together otherwise.”

Dr. Jack Schultz, a distinguished professor of entomology at Penn State University, wants to continue the MU center‘s focus on connecting scientists from differing disciplines. He took over for Mike Chippendale, who was serving as the center‘s interim director.

Read the full article in the Columbia Missourian here.

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July, 2007

New director named for MU Life Sciences Center

Dr. Jack Schultz of Penn State University has been named director of the Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri. His job started officially on January 1, 2007.

Dr. Jack Schultz has been on the faculty of Penn State‘s department of entomology since 1983. He was the founding director for the doctoral program in ecological and molecular plant physiology, which has since merged with plant physiology and the Penn State Center of Excellence in Chemical Ecology.

Read the full article in the Columbia Missourian here.

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