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Dr. Kamal Gandhi named UGA Writing Fellow

Congratulations to Warnell’s Dr. Kamal Gandhi, who has been named a Center for Teaching and Learning Writing Fellow for the 2015-2016 year. Full story

Natural wilderness areas need buffer zones to protect from human development, new Warnell publication says

Despite heavy development, the U.S. still has millions of acres of pristine wild lands. Coveted for their beauty, these wilderness areas draw innumerable outdoor enthusiasts eager for a taste of primitive nature. But University of Georgia researchers say these federally protected nature areas have a problem: Their boundaries have become prime real estate. Full story

Warnell students take high honors in poster competition

At the 33rd Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference (SFTIC) held this week in Hot Springs, Arkansas, two Warnell graduate students swept the poster competition. Full story

Researchers organize largest gopher tortoise release in Georgia near Waynesboro

Georgia’s gopher tortoise population got a significant boost with the arrival of 153 tortoises on Friday, June 5, at 9 a.m. at Yuchi Wildlife Management Area near Waynesboro. A collaboration between the University of Georgia Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, St. Catherines Island Foundation, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Reed Bingham State Park resulted in the largest gopher tortoise release to date in Georgia. Full story

Warnell researchers edit plant DNA using mechanism evolved in bacteria

Researchers at the Warnell School have used a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas to modify the genome of a tree species for the first time. Their research, published recently in the early online edition of the journal New Phytologist, opens the door to more rapid and reliable gene editing of plants. By mutating specific genes in Populus—a genus of deciduous trees that includes poplar, aspen and cottonwood—the researchers reduced the concentrations of two naturally occurring plant polymers. One is called lignin, which traps sugars and starches used for biofuel production inside the tree’s sturdy cell walls. The other is known as condensed tannin, and its presence in leaves and barks of the tree deters feeding by ruminants, such as deer, cattle, goats and sheep. Full story

Warnell’s sea turtle genetic fingerprinting research project featured in world report

Sea turtle researchers in the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources are using new technologies to unlock the mysteries of the ancient mariners: genetic fingerprinting. Full story

Warnell alumni named to 2015-17 Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry class

Representing a broad cross section of corporations, businesses and organizations throughout Georgia, 25 professionals have been chosen to participate in the Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry (AGL) 2015-2017 class. Several Warnell alums are participating in the program, which is designed to educate and empower Georgia’s agricultural leaders to become effective advocates for the largest economic drivers in Georgia—the state’s agricultural and forestry industries. Full story

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