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“Plant Parenthood” class offered Jan. 30

BOONE—The Department of Biology at Appalachian State University will offer a free class Jan. 30 on vegetative propagation of tropical plants. The class is part of the “High Country Gardening” series taught by greenhouse manager Jerry Meyer.

Plant sale rescheduled for Jan. 29

BOONE—Hundreds of easy care succulents, all grown by Appalachian State University students and community volunteers, will be on sale Jan. 29 at the Department of Biology Greenhouse. Sale hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the facility located at 211 Dale St. off State Farm Road.

Prices start at just $1. Proceeds support all greenhouse education and operation efforts.

Appalachian professor studies the interactions between plants and pollinators

BOONE—Worker bumble bees only live a couple of weeks, but it’s that short life span that has enabled researchers to identify changes that are occurring to the species because of climate change in Colorado’s Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area’s flower diversity.

Cloutier receives awards from Cave Research Foundation and Geological Society of America

BOONE—When Mara C. Cloutier chose to attend graduate school at Appalachian State University, the Asheville resident said it was because she could explore two possible passions: field work and lab research.

Faculty restructure biology curriculum for science and non-science majors

BOONE—Changes to modernize the biology curriculum and address a variety of learners has resulted in a restructuring of the four-year biology curriculum at Appalachian State University, starting with the introductory courses. The work of a team of biology faculty is part of the nationwide Partnership for Undergraduate Life Science Education (PULSE) initiative to rethink the way biology is taught at the university level.

Class on growing and caring for tropical plants held March 21

BOONE—A free “plant parenthood” class focusing on vegetative propagation of tropical plants will be held March 21 at the Department of Biology Greenhouse located at 211 Dale St. off State Farm Road.

Research explores effects of a warming climate on the region’s Christmas tree industry

BOONE—Local Christmas tree farms are providing a backyard laboratory for Dr. Howard Neufeld, an Appalachian State University biology professor who is interested in how a warming climate might affect the tree industry’s future. The information he hopes to glean is important because it can help tree farmers make decisions regarding future plantings and farm locations.

Bräuer receives Fulbright-Saastamoien Foundation Award

BOONE—When Suzanna Bräuer travels to Finland in January, she will combine lifelong interests that began when she was a school student: science, international travel and learning foreign languages.

Appalachian awarded more than $2.5 million from NSF for 12-state biodiversity database project

BOONE—Professor Zack E. Murrell is leading a multi-state, $2.545 million project to create a digitized database of more than 3 million plant specimens from across the Southeast.