Even in the tailspin of a winter and spring the Midwest won't easily forget, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis (UMN) scientists celebrate their accomplishments, students ride their bikes to shiny new green buildings on campus, and families look forward to a day in the park hunting for bugs. It's May in the Twin Cities, and these are some of the highlights at UMN:
- Genome Sequencing Success for Agriculture
- $10M NIH Grant for HIV Research
- New Science Building and Student Center
- BioBlitz 2011 Announcement
In the world of plant pathology, UMN researchers Les Szabo, Marty Carson, and their international colleagues announced they have sequenced the genomes of two wily, destructive fungal rust pathogens that threaten wheat and tree crops. Research was carried out at the USDA's Agricultural Research Service Cereal Disease Lab on the St. Paul campus. The data, collected since 2004, is now available from the National Center for Biotechnology Information GenBank, the NIH's genetic database.