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Fall 2011 Grassland Seminars Set at UNL

Fall 2011 Grassland Seminars Set at UNL

Pipeline, climate change, green revolution among topics.

The 17th annual fall seminar series offered by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Center for Grassland Studies will include lectures on topics ranging from the proposed TransCanada pipeline through the Sandhills to multi-species grazing to challenges for further improvement in buffalograss, says Martin Massengale, course instructor and director of the Center for Grassland Studies.

The seminars, which may be taken for academic credit and are also free and open to the public, are held most Mondays during the fall semester from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Nebraska East Union.

This year's lineup of speakers includes Nobel Laureate Jack Morgan and National Academy of Sciences member Ronald Phillips. Morgan will discuss the effects of global climate change on grasslands of the Great Plains on Oct. 24, and Phillips' talk on Nov. 14 will reflect on Norman Borlaug and the "Green Revolution."

Following is the remaining sessions for Grassland Studies seminars:

Sept. 12--Gary Hein, director of the Plant Health Program, UNL, "Doctor of Plant Health: A New Profession for a More Sustainable Future."

Sept. 19--Jim Stubbendeick, professor emeritus, agronomy and horticulture, UNL, "Evolution of Vegetation and Ranching on the Great Plains."

Sept. 26 -- John Guretzky, assistant professor, agronomy and horticulture, UNL, "Effects of Nitrogen Input on Litter Accumulation and Decomposition in Pastures."

Oct. 3.--Guatam Sarath, research scientist-molecular biology, Agricultural Research Service, USDA, Lincoln, "Switchgrass Molecular Biology 101"

Oct. 10--Glenn Pollock, naturalist, Omaha, "A Guide to Prairie Management Using Historical Data."

Oct. 24 -- Jack Morgan, research scientist-plant physiology and Nobel Laureate, Agricultural Research Service, USDA, Fort Collins, Colo., "Effect of Global Climate Change on Grasslands of the Great Plains."

Oct. 31--Tom Bragg, professor, biology, University of Nebraska at Omaha, "Fire Ecology of Plant Savannas of Western Australia."

Nov. 7-- Anne Vidaver, professor and department head emeritus, plant pathology, UNL, "Fatal Omission: The TransCanada Pipeline and the Sandhills."

Nov. 14--Ron Phillips, regents professor of plant genetics emeritus and member of National Academy of Sciences, agronomy and plant genetics, University of Minnesota, "Norman Borlaug and the Future of the Green Revolution."

Nov. 21--Kent Aden, assistant real estate administrator, Central Nebraska Public Power, "Impacts of Multi-Species Grazing."

Nov. 28 -- Alan Baquet, professor and director of the PGA Golf Management Program, UNL, "Current Status of the PGA Golf Management Major at UNL."

Videos of the seminars will be available for checkout from the center. For more information, contact the Center for Grassland Studies at 402-472-4101, e-mail, or visit

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