Eusden ’12 and Prof. Logan Publish Research on New Ways to Measure Plant Stress

Spencer Eusden ’12 monitoring plants in a University of Idaho lab

Spencer Eusden ’12 monitoring plants in a University of Idaho lab

A research project that Spencer Eusden ’12 worked on his senior year at Bowdoin has culminated in a publication in New Phytologist, a prominent academic journal that covers developments in plant science.

Eusden worked with a team of four researchers from the University of Idaho and biology professor Barry Logan, who is also Bowdoin’s associate dean for academic affairs. Together they discovered that a long-distance laser can remotely sense whether plants are under stress. Their findings could potentially have a big impact on agriculture by reducing farmers’ chemical and water use, as well as further our understanding of how plants cope with environmental change.

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