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For the Love of Rhododendron

Season 2: Episode 2 - Yogurt for your plants

In this episode we meet Dr. Jean Burns and Ph.D. candidate Yu Liu to learn about their research program that focuses on the science of gardening. They describe their recent findings on the important role of microbes that live in, on and around Rhododendron that influence plant growth and survival. They assure us that some microbes can actually be good for Rhododendrons, and we find out how the pure aesthetic joy of Rhododendron can lead to a deeper understanding of the basic biological process of plant-soil interactions that lead to species co-existence.

This is not so farfetched as it might seem, for as he sat alone in a garden, Isaac Newton in 1666, age 24, fell into a speculation on the power of gravity.

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Explore the links below to learn more about topics mentioned in this episode:

Jean Burns Lab website Jean Burns Ecology Lab Website

Burns poster presentation Understanding Soil Microbes

Jean Burns Lab Liu, Medeiros & Burns Research Paper

Horticultural Research Institute
Horticultural Research Institute

Burns NSF Research Grant Jean Burns NSF Research Grant

R. Leo Jean Burns Bio


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