Marshall Wedger

Marshall Wedger

Ph.D. Student

I am a grad student in EEPB working on a hodgepodge of projects in the weedy rice system. First, I am working on a project documenting evolutionary response to a shifting agricultural landscape. I am using whole-genome sequencing techniques to reveal regions of the weedy rice genome that have responded to selection imposed from the introduction of non-transgenic herbicide resistant cultivars. Second, I am investigating how the root system architecture (the spatial organization of roots in the soil) of seedling weedy rice plants alters the plants ability to uptake Nitrogen and there-for compete with cultivated rice. Lastly, I am working closely with an undergraduate researcher on an exciting project involving kin-recognition in weedy rice. Stay tuned!