Deciphering Sorghum Resistance Mechanisms to Phloem-Feeding Aphids

Dr. Joe Louis’s National Science Foundation (NSF) funded CAREER award – “Deciphering Sorghum Resistance Mechanisms to Phloem-Feeding Aphids” – focuses on testing the central hypothesis that sorghum (Sorghum bicolor), one of the world’s most important monocot crops grown for food, feed, and/or fuel, utilizes multipronged and unique defense responses against phloem-feeding aphids. A part of the project is to deliver outreach educational programs to enhance the understanding of plant resistances to insects. This will be accomplished through providing research experiences for undergraduates (REU), as well as research experiences for teachers (RET). The efforts are designed to provide graduate-level classroom instruction and laboratory experiences.

MERC is providing evaluation support for this program through formative feedback and the assessment of impacts. The evaluation includes pretest, posttest, follow-up surveys, and focus groups with the teachers, students, and mentors each year.
CONTACT

Jennifer RuttEVALUATION PROJECT MANAGER

METHODOLOGY AND EVALUATION RESEARCH CORE FACILITY AT SBSRC

WHIT 370C
Lincoln NE 68583-0866