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New Weapons in the Oak Wilt Wars

Drones, planes and satellites add early detection opportunity to combat the rapid spread of oak wilt.

Oak trees at Cedar Creek

It sounds like something out of a tree horror movie: After spreading silently below the ground from an infected neighbor, a fungus creeps its way up through a tree’s trunk, choking off its lifeblood and eventually killing it.

Plague is not going anywhere

Learning from Soviet Union’s extensive and failed efforts to eradicate plague.


Mention the Black Death and visions of overcrowded 14th-century European cities teaming with rats come to mind. Despite the association of plague with crowded cities the disease didn’t originate there. Plague is caused by a bacterium regularly found in flea and rodent populations across Central Asia’s rural areas, where it first appeared.

CBSelfie with Adam Kostanecki

This to-be senior and Plant and Microbial Biology major has a passion for understanding the interplay between plants and their environment.

Adam Kostanecki

Your year and major?
I am a senior in CBS studying Plant and Microbial Biology.

2019 Grand Challenges in Biology Postdocs Announced

Caitlin Looby and Amanda Gorton look to tackle big questions around carbon cycling and urban ragweed distribution.

The College of Biological Sciences recently announced a new cohort of the College’s Grand Challenges in Biology Postdoctoral Program. Amanda Gorton and Caitlin Looby will join the College this summer to pursue research projects with faculty members from different departments across the University.

Hiring: Undergraduate Laboratory Assistant (Spring 2019)

An opportunity to work in the field of plant genetics in the lab of Dr. Robert Stupar, Department of Agronomy and Plant genetics, University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus. Majority of the work will be based out of lab as well as greenhouses. The successful candidate will work on following tasks:

Hiring: BSL-3 Program Undergraduate Worker

Hiring: BSL-3 Program Undergraduate Worker

Are you interested in gaining biocontainment experience?

The Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) Program is hiring an undergraduate student to support routine tasks within biocontainment research facilities on campus.

Apply Now: Biochemistry TA Positions

Interested in being a Biochemistry TA?

There are openings for TA positions for the undergraduate biochemistry courses for fall 2019. The requirements for being a TA are: