Aunika Venables

Impact of Climate Change on Grapevine Genetics and Wine

It is no surprise that our changing climate does not only affect humans. Plants are also greatly impacted by environmental fluctuations, especially grapevines. Viticulture is the farming of grapevines used in winemaking and this agricultural system is recognized as an indicator of climate change due to its climate sensitivity; the lifecycle of grapevines, is so Read the full article…


Mathematics + Genetics = Molecular Computing

The interdisciplinary comprehension and use of mathematics and computing in science are essential for research and development. Mathematics aids in analyzing and visualizing patterns in data collected on computers, and allows for representation of scientific phenomena (Meredith et al., 2007). The use of math also allows for expanding existing ideas and discovering new ones. In Read the full article…


The Physics of Photosynthesis

Plants are some of the most important organisms on the planet; they form the foundation of numerous ecosystems and environments. Although they appear as relatively simple organisms, there are many complex processes occurring within all plants. Many of these processes involve the application of physical laws and principles. Plants rely on light absorption as well Read the full article…


Signaling types in Dionaea muscipula prey interaction and capture

Dionaea muscipula, the infamous Venus fly trap, is perhaps the most well-known carnivorous plant on the planet. D. muscipula has been described by Charles Darwin as “the most wonderful plant in the world” because of its unique structure and feeding strategy (Darwin and Darwin, 1888). The anatomical design of this species consists of a pair Read the full article…


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