Lab News

First Field Campaign of the year!

This week marked our first venture this year into the field for the FastPheno project ! Collection of drone data as well as ground truthing hyperspectral data, fluorescence were done, as well as needle tissue sampled for pigment analysis. There was still snow on the ground but that didn’t stop…

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Snow Days, S-“no” Problem

UTM was hit with a big snow storm today, which reminded us here at the lab that it is still winter, despite the higher than normal temperatures this year! The environmental signals used by trees to sense seasonality and trigger dormancy and development of cold acclimation, are the decrease in…

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Bridget wins the Forest Ecophysiology Oral Presentation Award at AGU 2022!

Congrats to Bridget on the award for her oral presentation at the 2022 AGU conference ! In her presentation, titled: “Coming in hot: increased carbon losses and reduced growth under warming in two genotypes of field-grown white spruce” ! Bridget presented her work on climate change impacts and the effect of…

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Exciting paper accepted this month in G3!

The Douglas-fir transcriptome has gotten a great new update! The paper “A long-read and short-read transcriptomics approach provides the first high-quality reference transcriptome and genome annotation for Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas-fir) ” was accepted early this month. With conifer transcriptomes still needing to be refined and completed, this paper provides a novel approach which led to a…

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The Ensminger Lab kicks off the CSPB ERM abiotic session talks!

Grad students Siyu, Bridget, Anchalya and Noelle represented the Ensminger lab wonderfully at the Canadian Society of Plant Biologists Eastern Regional Meeting! They were the first talks of the day in the same session and and gave everyone an understanding on their amazing work on conifer biology and abiotic stress….

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