WashU Experts: Federal package ‘not enough’

WashU Experts: Federal package ‘not enough’

The $2 trillion plan to prop up a pandemic-reeling United States, amid the news that there were 3.3 million unemployment claims lodged in the previous week, is expected to pass the House on March 27. An array of Washington University in St. Louis experts offer perspectives on the plan.
Weedy rice is unintended legacy of Green Revolution

Weedy rice is unintended legacy of Green Revolution

Weedy rice is a feral form of rice that infests paddies worldwide and aggressively outcompetes cultivated varieties. A new study led by biologists at Washington University in St. Louis shows that weed populations have evolved multiple times from cultivated rice, and a strikingly high proportion of contemporary Asian weed strains can be traced to a few Green Revolution cultivars that were widely grown in the late 20th century.
Some coronavirus lessons from Boccaccio

Some coronavirus lessons from Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio’s masterpiece, the “Decameron,” is set on the outskirts of Florence in 1348. His protagonists have retreated to the countryside in the wake of the Black Death, which is decimating their city both mortally and socially. The book offers important lessons as we confront the global threat of Coronavirus.
Coping during coronavirus

Coping during coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has led to plenty of uncertainty. Tim Bono, assistant dean in Arts & Sciences and a lecturer in psychological and brain sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, offers tips for managing parts of life that are still under our control.
Brantmeier named distinguished alumna of Indiana University

Brantmeier named distinguished alumna of Indiana University

Cindy Brantmeier, professor of applied linguistics in Arts & Sciences and faculty fellow for international research at Washington University in St. Louis, is the 2019-20 Merle E. Simmons Distinguished Alumna for Indiana University’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
WashU Expert: Histories of contagion

WashU Expert: Histories of contagion

In Giovanni Boccaccio’s classic “Decameron,” ten young Florentines flee the bubonic plague of 1348, which devastated their city and killed one-third to one-half the population of Europe. The book also represents “one of the oldest and most celebrated examples of social distancing,” says Rebecca Messbarger, professor of Italian and founding director of the Medical Humanities program in Arts & Sciences.
Long-term analysis shows GM cotton no match for insects in India

Long-term analysis shows GM cotton no match for insects in India

Genetically modified Bt cotton is the most widely planted cotton crop in India by acreage, and it is hugely controversial. Supporters long touted increased yields and reduced pesticides to justify its pickup. But that argument does not hold up under the first long-term study of Bt cotton impacts in India. The analysis is co-authored by a Washington University in St. Louis anthropologist in the journal Nature Plants. 
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