In 2013 we installed an experimental vineyard with multiple accessions of two grapevine species used for rootstocks, Vitis riparia and V. rupestris. Over the last three years we have collected leaf morphology, ionomic, and gene expression data in this vineyard - some of these data were presented at the Botany meetings two weeks ago (read more about this on the previous lab blog post). Grapes LOVE the St. Louis climate and grow vigorously here. Over the last three years many wonderful people have helped us keep these crazy grapes in line and I am so grateful for their help (the list includes MBG staff Chris Hereford and June Hutson and volunteers; SLU graduate students Steven Callen, Laura Klein, Alex Linan, and Sterling Herron; SLU undergraduate students Chad Chapnick, Cassandra Kitchen, Matthew Greg - and many others - thank you!). Today Sterling and I were lucky enough to have a crew of five MBG volunteers to help out, Anne (x2), Harold, Jack, and Tom. You guys were awesome - thanks so much!
Botany 2015 "Science and Plants for People" was held in Edmonton, Alberta July 25-30, 2015. This meeting of meetings included 14 different plant-related societies from the United States and Canada. Three members of the Miller lab attended (Allison, Laura, Sterling). Laura gave a talk on grapevine leaf morphometrics in the Economic Botany section, Allison gave a talk on comparative transcriptomics of two North American grapevines in Genomics/Proteomoics, and Sterling presented his REU work on concord grapes. The lab was also involved in the organization of a symposium "Underutilized crops for secure and green futures." Allison served as the outgoing chair of the Economic Botany section and was recently elected as the Director at Large for Education for the BSA. Thank you to the Botanical Society of America and Saint Louis University for helping us attend this important meeting!
In June 2015 Land Institute (Salina, KS) hosted a terrific meeting to discuss broad issues related to sustainable agriculture in the context of an ecological world view. It was a wonderful, diverse meeting with healthy discussions ranging from philosophy to history to science and everything in between. I learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to participate! Additional photos are available here.
Miller Lab members