Thursday, September 12, 2013
Fairchild researcher and FIU faculty member Eric von Wettberg and his colleagues Doug Cook and Varma Penmetsa at the University of California at Davis were recently awarded an NSF grant for a project entitled: "Deducing the Genomic Footprint and Functional Impact of Chickpea Domestication on Nitrogen Fixation." In this project they aim to understand the dynamics of nitrogen uptake via symbiotic bacteria in the wild progenitors of legume crops and the ways in which human selection has reshaped this potential during domestication. Specifically, they will combine ecology and population genomics with classical molecular genetics and reverse genetic assays to deduce the functional consequences of standing variation in wild populations of Cicer reticulatum and its domesticated counterpart Cicer arietinum (chickpea). They hope to expand our knowledge of symbiotic nitrogen fixation in novel ways, and will contribute to an emerging paradigm in plant biology where the intersection of ecology, genomics and molecular biology empowers the study of gene function in natural and human-built environments. Ultimately this work has the potential to reduce inputs of fertilizer in agricultural systems. This project owes much to the legacy of David Fairchild, as one of its aims is to expand the diversity of crop wild relatives in international breeding collections. von Wettberg will be continuing field work began in Turkey during the summer of 2013 in the coming years through this project.
Enjoy live music performed by students of University of Miami's Frost School of Music on select Sundays, in the Glasshouse Café.
Holiday Concert at Fairchild
Start you holidays off with a festive family concert fun for all ages! Jeff Kaye and the Fairchild holiday ensemble present an evening of seasonal favorites all performed under the stars. Delight in classic holiday melodies, sing alongs and winter classics performed by South Florida’s finest instrumentalists and vocalists! Songs to include: Jingle Bells, White Christmas, Rock of All Ages and more!
Bring your own picnic to enjoy with your whole family, pick up a premade basket from Le Basque or come early and dine at some of South Florida’s favorite food trucks!