Good job, Jess! The paper entitled "Effect of mycorrhizal colonization and light limitation on growth and reproduction of lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus L.)" becomes the most read article from the Journal of Applied Botany and Food Quality (issue 86, 2013) with a total of 1846 full text downloads. - August 2014.
Congratulations to Brett Younginger! Brett is an invited speaker at this years ISCE meeting in Champaign-Urbana. His abstract titled "Aboveground fungal pathogens reduce belowground microbial mutualists" has been selected for the symposium "Fungal superhighways: common mycorrhizal networks mediating plant communication". As invited speaker, Brett will give a 20 min presentation on his research in the Ballhorn lab.
Congratulations to PhD student Adrienne Godschalx in the Ballhorn lab! Adrienne was awarded a travel award through the David T. Clark Scholarship for biology graduate students. Way to go, Adrienne! - June 2014.
Congratulations to both PhD students in the Ballhorn lab! Adrienne Godschalx and Brett Younginger were awarded a 2014 Forbes-Lea Research Award. Keep up the great work, Adrienne and Brett! - May 2014.
Congratulation to PhD student Bretty Younginger, who was awarded a 2014 Graduate Student Research Award by the Botanical Society of America. - May 2014.
Congratulations to both PhD students in the Ballhorn lab! Adrienne Godschalx was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship. Brett Younginger received an honorable mention. Way to go, Adrienne and Brett! - April 2014.
Daniel Ballhorn (PI), undergraduate student Justin Kay and visiting scientist Stefanie Kautz (Field Museum) publish a paper in Journal of Chemical Ecology titled "Quantitative effects of leaf area removal on indirect defense of lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus L.)" - February 2014.
Daniel Ballhorn (PI) was awarded a research grant by the Collins Medical Trust ($30,000) - January 2014.
McNairs Scholar Jess Millar and Daniel Ballhorn (PI) publish a paper in Journal of Applied Botany and Food Plant Quality titled "Effect of mycorrhizal colonization and light limitation on growth and reproduction of lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus L.). - December 2013.
Daniel Ballhorn (PI) won the PSU Innovation Ralley ($25.000) - November 2013 .
Brett Younginger (PhD student) joins the Ballhorn lab - September 2013.
Undergraduate Student Emily Ediger enters the next round in the PSU Wells Fargo Cleantech Challenge with her project EndoBright: New methods for producing natural dyes and is awarded a prize ($5,000) - September 2013.
Daniel Ballhorn (PI) co-authored a paper led by Annelies De Roissart (Ghent University) "The presence of root-feeding nematodes - not AMT - affects an herbivore dispersal strategy " in Acta Oecologia - August 2013 .
The Ballhorn lab attends the ISCE (International Society for Chemical Ecology) meeting in Melbourne, Australia. Daniel Ballhorn, together with Roslyn Gleadow, organized a symposium (titled "Plasticity of constitutive plant defenses: Microbes to climate") and gives the key note talk - August 2013.
The Ballhorn lab attends the Ecological Society of America meeting in Minneapolis, MN. Presentations were made by Adrienne Godschalx (PhD student -talk ) and Erik Neill (PhD student - talk) - August 2013.
McNairs Scholar Jess Millar receives a NIH Genomic Research Scholarship and conducts a summer internship at THE GENOME INSTITUTE, St. Louis, MO. July - September 2013.
Daniel Ballhorn (PI) attends a POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) workshop in McMinnville, OR. POGIL is a group-learning, research based instructional strategy to bring student-centered, guided-inquiry instruction to classrooms. - June 2013.
Daniel Ballhorn (PI) is awarded a PSU travel grant to attend the ISCE meeting in Melbourne Australia and organize a symposium together with Roslyn Gleadow. - May 2013.
Undergraduate student Tina Schroyer was awarded a McNair Scholarship - May 2013.
Daniel Ballhorn (PI) and visiting scientist Stefanie Kautz (Field Museum) publish a paper in Communicative and Integrative Biology titled "How useful are olfactometer experiments in chemical ecology research" - May 2013.
Visiting scientist Stefanie Kautz and others have a paper published “Bacterial infections across the ants: Frequency and prevalence of Wolbachia, Spiroplasma, and Asaia.” in Psyche - May 2013.
Undergraduate Lauren Stady attends the PSU Research Symposium and presents a poster on her research. May 2013.
McNairs Scholar Jess Millar presents her research at the 113th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. Denver, CO. - May 2013.
Graduate students Adrienne Godschalx and Erik Neill present their research at the campus-wide PSU graduate symposium - April 2013.
Daniel Ballhorn (PI), PhD student Adrienne Godschalx and visiting scientist Stefanie Kautz (Field Museum) publish a paper in Journal of Chemical Ecology titled "Co-variation of chemical and mechanical defenses in lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus L.)" - February 2013.
Daniel Ballhorn (PI), visiting scientist Stefanie Kautz (Field Museum) and Martin Heil (CINVESTAV, Mexico) publish a paper in PLoS ONE titled "Distance and sex determine host plant choice by herbivorous beetles" - February 2013.
Daniel Ballhorn (PI), visiting scientist Stefanie Kautz (Field Museum) and Martin Schädler (Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research) publish a paper in Oecologia titled "Induced plant defense via volatile production is dependent on rhizobial symbiosis" - January 2013.
Daniel Ballhorn (PI) co-authored a paper led by Nicky Wybouw (Ghent University) "A horizontally transferred cyanase gene in the spider mite Tetranychus urticae is involved in cyanate metabolism and is differentially expressed upon host plant change" in Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - December 2012 .
Visiting scientist Stefanie Kautz and others published a paper in Applied and Environmental Microbiology titled “Surveying the microbiome of ants: Comparing 454 pyrosequencing with traditional methods to uncover bacterial diversity”. - January 2013
McNairs Scholar Jess Millar presents her research at the 12th Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. San Jose, Ca - November 2012.
Stefanie Kautz (visiting scientist) attended the Entomological Society of America meeting in Knoxville, TN and gave a talk titled "The negative effects of ant attraction by induced plant defenses", which was co-authored by Daniel Ballhorn (PI). - November 2012.
The publication by Ballhorn & Lieberei (2006) "Oviposition choice of Mexican bean beetle Epilachna varivestis depends on host plant cyanogenic capacity. J Chem Ecol 32:1861-1865" becomes all time most downloaded paper of the Journal of Chemical Ecology, Springer. September 2012.
The Ballhorn lab attends the Ecological Society of America meeting in Portland, OR. Presentations were made by Adrienne Godschalx (postbac student - poster), Lauren Stady (undergraduate student - poster), Daniel Kadow (postdoctoral researcher - talk), Steffi Kautz (visiting scientist - talk), and Daniel Ballhorn (PI - talk) - August 2012.
Daniel Ballhorn and others won the Best Paper Award 2011 & 2012 (£ 600) "CO2-mediated changes of plant traits and their effects on herbivores are determined by leaf age" in the journal Ecological Entomology.
http.//www.royensoc.co.uk/awards/RES_journal_awards.htm - June 2012
McNairs Scholar Jess Millar presents her research at the 20th Annual Pacific NW McNair/EIP/GO-MAP Research Conference. University of Washington, Seattle, WA as well as at the 9th Annual PSU Undergraduate Research Conference, Portland State University, Portland, OR - May 2012.
Visiting scientist Stefanie Kautz, Daniel Ballhorn and others have a paper published “Host plant use by competing acacia-ants: Mutualists monopolize while parasites share hosts.” in PLoS ONE - May 2012.
Ballhorn lab is up and running - January 2012.