Blood is thicker than water for the common reed – at least that’s what the soil tells us

In a paper published in Nature Communications, Northeastern University Professor Jennifer Bowen and University of Rhode Island Professor Laura Meyerson reveal that a native type of the common reed (Phragmites australis) has more in common with other native populations of the plant growing elsewhere across the country than they have in common with invasive types occupying the same ecosystem.

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PhD student wins award for termite research

Cole, a fifth-year PhD student in Professor Rebeca Rosengaus’s behavioral ecology lab at Northeastern University, spends much of her day collecting census data from termite colonies that she’s cultured in the lab. Termites are some of the most socially organized animals on the planet.

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