June 01, 2001
Farmers elect Beltz to
North Dakota Council
The North Dakota Dry Bean Council recently held a mail ballot election for District IV. The new Council representative is Mike Beltz, Hillsboro, N.D. He will replace Tim Skjoiten, Hatton, ND.
Beelner wins re-election to Minnesota Council
Mike Beelner, Park Rapids, Minn., recently won re-election to the Minnesota Dry Bean Research and Promotion Council. Beelner was elected to represent Area 2. Mike also is Treasurer of the Council.
Appreciate that lowly mustard plant when it emerges. It may be a more complex living system than you can imagine. Scientists recently found that the plant hormone, ABA, may delay the growth of newly sprouted plants so that they have one last chance to check their environment for signs of dryness before initiating growth.
There appears to be a novel level of complexity in early plant growth processes that make certain plants better able to cope with stressful conditions such as dry or high salt soils according to recent Rockefeller University research (Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 14, 2001).
Previously, plant physiologists believed that once seed broke dormancy and began to germinate, that it would continue the growth process. The new research suggests a second checkpoint.
The model plant for the study is, you guessed it, a weed--Arabidopsis, a mustard.
-- Source: NDSU Crop Pest Management newsletter.