At this month’s Life Science Social, the Pires lab discussed their research at an informal setting. Although the research had great feedback, it was Dr. Pires juggling with Daniel Westfall that was the highlight of the event!
Makenzie Mabry, Shawn Abrahams, and Dr. J. Chris Pires talk with Dr. Kevin Folta about how Brassica oleracea is the dog of the plant world.
Dr. J. Chris Pires talks about his research on the co-evolutionary battle between cabbage butterflies and plants in the order Brassica on the July 1, 2016, episode of Decoding Science. Decoding Science is an audio series that runs on KBIA, 91.3 FM.
Pires’ research on coevolution of mustard and butterflies got a shout out on the October 5, 2015, episode of the Big Bang Theory.
Read, listen, and watch some of the coverage of our recent study, “The butterfly plant arms-race escalated by gene and genome duplications,” published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
- For the gift of mustard, and other tasty condiments, thank the very hungry caterpillar (The Wasthington Post)
- Condiment Evolution (Radio New Zealand)
- Why you should thank a caterpillar for your mustard and wasabi (NPR’s The Salt)
- Mustard Is A Product Of Evolutionary Warfare Between Plants And Caterpillars (Smithsonian Magazine)
- How caterpillars brought us kale and mustard: Study finds plants evolved in an ‘arms race’ to stop themselves being eaten (Daily Mail)
- Evolving Together (Radio interview on WAMC’s Academic Minute, also shared on Insider Higher Ed)
- Research reveals ingenious veggie arms race and Crave Condiments? Thank Co-Evolution (Columbia Daily Tribune)
- MU News Bureau Press Release
- “Scientists uncover how caterpillars created condiments.” (Decoding Science blog)
MU Bond LSC’s Chris Pires and an international team gained insight into how Brassicales plants and butterflies genetically co-evolved over millions of years. Read the whole story at http://decodingscience.missouri.edu/2…
Animation courtesy Patrick Edger and still images courtesy Nic Benner.
This video about research in the Pires lab was put together by students in the SciXchange program at MU.