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The Plant Hormone Atlas: An Artistic Perspective on Scientific Data throughout Tomato Plant Development, presented by Hannah Berry, Grace Johnston and the Argueso Lab.

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Nearly every aspect in a plant’s life is regulated by hormones. Just like in human bodies, small hormone molecules travel throughout the plant to influence growth, development and responses to the environment. With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), graduate researchers at CSU have measured six of the main plant hormone groups in roots and shoots throughout tomato plant development. The measurements have been used to establish the “Hormone Atlas.” The Hormone Alas combines biological illustration with this data and will be used to develop a web-based tool for researchers in search of tissue-specific hormone data.

This exhibit will showcase scientific developments in plant hormone quantification at CSU through visual data representation and an interactive installation.

Shepardson STEM Elementary, Fort Collins, CO: Family STEM Night

Collaborating with other plant biology graduate students at CSU, the Argueso Lab presented various interactive booths focusing on different aspects of plant biology geared towards elementary school students. The booths included: scientific  illustration, plant diversity, photosynthesis, and plants & microbes.

Dawn Hajdu discusses why plants are green and the different colors of lights they absorb to grow at the Photosynthesis booth.

Hannah Berry guides students in drawing a plant of their choosing at the Scientific Illustration booth.

Alyx Shigenaga showing how some microbes are pathogenic and make plants sick at the Plants & Microbes booth.

Katy McIntyre showing students stomata on epidermal peels to show how plant respire at the Photosynthesis booth.

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