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Echinacea pallida

Native Medicinal Plant Research Program receives Strategic Initiative Grant

February 13, 2013 in Prairie, Research

The Native Medicinal Plant Research Program -- a collaboration between the Kansas Biological Survey and the KU Department of Medicinal Chemistry -- will receive three years of funding through KU's Strategic Initiative Grant program. The grant program, which is designed to invest in promising research projects, will provide support for researchers to continue efforts aimed at discovering and commercializing plant-based drugs and other therapies for the prevention and treatment of several forms of cancer.

Read the story here.

Students learn about Kansas plants at KU Field Station this summer

July 24, 2012 in Education, Native plants, Prairie

In June, 13 students met at the Armitage Education Center to learn the basics of plant identification in the first in a new series of summer short courses offered at the KU Field Station. "Introduction to Field Botany" was taught by Caleb Morse, Collections Manager for the Bridwell Botany Research Lab at KU's Biodiversity Institute.

KU Field Station hosts 2 special events over the weekend

June 17, 2012 in Education, Native plants, Prairie, Special events

On Saturday, June 16, the KU Field Station hosted two special events at two locations in eastern Kansas, The Anderson County Prairie Preserve and the KU Native Medicinal Plant Research Garden. In total, these events attracted more than 100 participants eager to learn about Kansas' native tallgrass prairie ecosystem.
Sericea lespedeza.

KU Field Station Hosts Sericea Control Workshop

August 2, 2011 in Agriculture, Grasslands, Native plants, Prairie, Workshops

The KU Field Station, in conjunction with K-State Research and Extension, is hosting a workshop on the biology and control of Sericea Lespedeza on Thursday, September 1, 2011, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Armitage Education Center, 350 Wild Horse Road, Lawrence. (Map and directions are available here )

Sericea Lespedeza is an exotic, invasive perennial plant that is spreading rapidly and doing damage in northeast Kansas. It threatens the tallgrass prairie ecosystem in many ways including potential impacts on livestock grazing and haying, water quality, wildlife habitat and native plant diversity, and economic stability.

Dr. Walter Fick, Associate Professor ...

Echinacea angustifolia; more wild echinacea has been harvested in Kansas than in any other state.

Rockefeller Prairie featured in KU Giving

August 31, 2010 in Prairie, Publications, Research

The Rockefeller Prairie, a 10-acre remnant of original prairie north of Lawrence at the University of Kansas Field Station, was featured in an article on prescribed burning in the Summer 2010 issue of KU Giving from the KU Endowment Association (link to article).