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Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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The Effect of Amphibian Host Ecology and Evolution on the Pathogen Dynamics of Ranavirus, Lauren V. Ash, PhD, Biology

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Copepods As A Model System For Exploring The Impacts Of Climate Change On Marine Ectotherms, Lauren Ashlock, PhD, Biology

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Determining The Effects Of Castration And Estrogen Replacement On Habit Development In Adult Male Long Evans Rats, Francesca Carasi-Schwartz, MS, Biology

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Investigating Routes Of Pollinator Exposure To Pesticides, Jessica Cole, MS, Biology

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Anchoring Communities Through Crisis: Enhancing Anchor Institutions’ Roles In Local Food Systems, Naomi Cunningham, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Evolution Of Drought And Low Temperature Responses In Temperate Pooideae Grasses: Timings, Determinants, And Intersections, Aayudh Das, PhD, Plant Biology

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Hemp in the United States: An Analysis of Policy and Consumption, Amanda Falkner, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Communicating during widespread systematic noise reduction amid Covid-19 lockdowns: A tale of two marine vertebrates in the archipelago of Bocas del Toro, Panama, Emma Gagne, MS, Biology

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Seeding Coexistence: Understanding the Potential for Seed System Pluralism Through a Mixed-Methods Research Study of Vermont Growers, Carina Isbell, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Characterization And Manipulation Of O-Glcnacylation In Granulosa Cells Of Bovine Ovarian Antral Follicles, Abigail Marie Maucieri, MS, Animal Science

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Diversity and distribution of the malaria parasites (genus Plasmodium) of the Common Loon (Gavia immer) and of Vermont mosquitoes, Alyssa Neuhaus, MS, Biology

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Elements Of Biocontrol Strategies For Pheretimoid Earthworms, Maryam Nouri-Aiin, PhD, Plant and Soil Science

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Providing New Insights On Sarracenia Purpurea’s Stoichiometry, Morphology, Obligate Invertebrates, And Plankton Communities In Response To N And P Deposition., Lindsey Ann Pett, PhD, Biology

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Drought Tolerance in Native and Invasive Populations of the Centaurea jacea Hybrid Complex, Zoe Portlas, MS, Plant Biology

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Whistle Repertoire And Structure Reflect Ecotype Distinction Of Pantropical Spotted Dolphins In The Eastern Tropical Pacific, Manali Rege-Colt, MS, Biology

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Adaptive Capacity And [un]natural Disasters: Puerto Rican Farmers’ Adaption And Food Security Outcomes After Hurricane Maria, Luis Alexis Rodriguez-Cruz, PhD, Food Systems

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Exploring Mycorrhizae In Riparian Restoration To Enhance Phosphorus Mitigation And Pollinator Habitat On Unceded Territory, Jessica Ann Rubin, MS, Plant and Soil Science

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Characterizing Phosphorus Transport to Agricultural Tile Drains in Vermont, Ryan Andrew Ruggiero, MS, Plant and Soil Science

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Sustainability Transitions With Precision Agriculture And Compatible Incentives For Farmers, Benjamin E. Ryan, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Spiny spiders and spiny trees: Molecular phylogenetics and biogeographic reconstruction reveal history of recurrent overwater dispersal events, single-island endemics, and new species of Caribbean Micrathena (Araneae: Araneidae), Lily Kay Shapiro, MS, Biology

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Experiences Participating In Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs During The Early Months Of The Covid-19 Pandemic: A Mixed Methods Study In Vermont, Emma Haven Spence, MS, Food Systems

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Visualizing The Forces Exerted During 3d Motility By Toxoplasma Gondii, Rachel Stadler, PhD, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

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Changing environmental conditions and the response and potential adaptability of freshwater whitefishes, Taylor R. Stewart, PhD, Biology

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Building Relationships and Resilience: Local Food Systems in Vermont and New England During the Covid-19 Pandemic and Beyond, Claire Whitehouse, MS, Food Systems

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Multiscale assessment of drinking water treatment residuals as a phosphorus sorbing amendment in stormwater bioretention systems, Michael Rick Ament, PhD, Plant and Soil Science

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The Effects Of Dietary Yeast Extracts On Rumen Microbiota And Fermentation In A Dual-Flow Continuous Culture Fermentation System, Lauren Baker, MS, Animal Science

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Spillover, dilution, and coinfection: Understanding the spread of disease within managed and native bee communities., Phillip A. Burnham, PhD, Biology

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Healthcare Professionals’ Perceptions Regarding The Nutrition Of Dairy And Plant-Based Dairy Alternatives, Bridget Clark, MS, Nutrition and Food Sciences

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Biofilm Sanitizer Tolerance of Vermont Dairy Listeria monocytogenes, Emily C. Forauer, MS, Nutrition and Food Sciences

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Influence Of Summer Hedging And Plant Growth Regulators On Apple Trees Grown For Hard Cider. An Evaluation Of Return Bloom, Tree Growth, And Juice Quality., Jessica A. Foster, MS, Plant and Soil Science

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Unique Genomic And Phenotypic Responses To Extreme And Variable Ph Conditions In Purple Urchin Larvae, Strongylocentrotus Purpuratus, April Dawn Garrett, MS, Biology

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Effects of changing winter severity on plankton ecology in temperate lakes, Allison Rose Hrycik, PhD, Biology

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Examining Consumer Perceptions And Behaviors Toward Hemp-Based Products, Hannah Lacasse, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Much needed studies of the three players of Chagas disease in Central America: vertebrate blood meal sources and EcoHealth, a new vector species description, and key phylogenetic analysis of the trypanosome parasite., RAQUEL ASUNCION LIMA CORDON, PhD, Biology

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Structural Characterization Of The Novel Flightin Domain Wyr And Its Defining Role In The Thick Filament Structure And Mechanics, Lynda Menard, PhD, Biology

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Food From Somewhere: Envisioning and Practicing Aspirational Food Systems, Caitlin Morgan, PhD, Food Systems

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Policy and Economic Variables Influencing Adoption of Sustainable Electrification in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa, Payne William Morgan, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Sarracenia purpurea as a model system for aquatic ecosystem state changes and their impact on bacterial communities, Amanda Claire Northrop, PhD, Biology

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It’s More Than Profits: Examining Perceived Success In Agritourism, Lindsay Quella, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Organic Amendments Alter Soil Hydrology and Belowground Microbiome of Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum), Taylor Readyhough, MS, Plant and Soil Science

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Microevolution In Staphylococcus Aureus: Does Exposure To Sub-Lethal Levels Of Cinnamon Bark Oil Lead To Changes In Antimicrobial Susceptibility?, Heather Sandra Schuettner, MS, Animal Biosciences

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Microevolution In Staphylococcus Aureus: Does Exposure To Sub-Lethal Levels Of Cinnamon Bark Oil Lead To Changes In Antimicrobial Susceptibility?, Heather Sandra Schuettner, MS, Animal Biosciences

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The Effect Of Physically Effective Undegradable Neutral Detergent Fiber And Rumen Fermentable Starch On Lactating Holstein Cows, Katherine Mae Smith, MS, Animal Science

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After The Flood: Exploring The Influence Of Risk Perception And Decision Criteria Preference On Flood Mitigation In The Lake Champlain Richelieu River Basin, Emma Jane Spett, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Metarhizium Anisopliae, Metarhizium Brunneum And Beauveria Bassiana Formulations For Biological Control Of Larval Winter Ticks, Dermacentor Albipictus, Cheryl Sullivan, PhD, Plant and Soil Science

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Phosphorus and Nitrogen Losses in Runoff from Fields with and without Tile Drainage, Leanna Thalmann, MS, Plant and Soil Science

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Determinants Of Antibody Immunity In Flavivirus Infections And Immunization, Huy Tu, PhD, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

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Effect of long-term dietary fat quality on metabolic health with a special focus on dairy fat, Allison L. Unger, PhD, Animal Science

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Climate Responses Of Red Spruce (picea Rubens Sarg.) And Its Associated Forest Community Along Elevational Gradients In The Northeastern United States., Brittany Verrico, PhD, Plant Biology

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Enhancing Ecosystem Services And Climate Resilience In Agriculture: A Transdisciplinary Approach, Alissa White, PhD, Plant and Soil Science

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Feeding Strategies For Grazing Organic Dairy Cows And The Impact On Milk Production., Ariel Ayers, MS, Animal Science

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The Energetic Consequences Of Winter Foraging For Northern Temperate Fish Species, Benjamin David Block, MS, Biology

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Rapid evolution in agroecosystems: transposable elements and epigenetics in the colorado potato beetle, Kristian Brevik, PhD, Plant and Soil Science

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From Gondwana to GAARlandia: Molecular phylogenetics and historical biogeography of spiders, Lisa Chamberland, PhD, Biology

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Social Networking and Social Media as Resilience Strategies Among US Women Farmers, Kerry Daigle, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Validation Of Two Gluten Elisa Assays Utilizing A Novel Polyclonal Antibody System, Lukas Emerson-Mason, MS, Nutrition and Food Sciences

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A Generic Classification Of The Thelypteridaceae, Susan E. Fawcett, PhD, Plant Biology

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Measuring Comprehensive Wellbeing In Vermont: An Applied Economics Perspective, Katherine Gallagher, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Farm Fresh Food Boxes, Lauren Greco, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Seed Systems Of Bhutanese-Nepali Refugee Gardeners: Making Place In Chittenden County, Vermont, June Guo, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Formulation And Functional Properties Of Whey Protein Based Tissue Adhesive Using Totarol As An Antimicrobial Agent, Yifan Hou, MS, Nutrition and Food Sciences

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Examining Vermont Agricultural Producers’ Willingness To Pay For Extension One-On-One Business Planning Services And Future Programming Considerations, Anthony Kitsos, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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The Potential of Refugee Seed Systems to Promote Contemporary Adaptation in Traditional Crops: A Case Study of African Maize in New England, Andi Kur, MS, Plant and Soil Science

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Chemical Properties And Probiotics Survivability Of Symbiotic Coconut Yogurt Using Polymerized Whey Protein As A Gelation Agent, Jinglin Lu, MS, Nutrition and Food Sciences

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Increasing The Agronomic And Economic Value Of Chickpea And Pea, Edward Marques, PhD, Plant and Soil Science

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From Tap to Table: Consumer Values, Producer Attitudes, and Vermont Maple Syrup in a Dynamic Landscape, Aidan Conor McCracken, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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From Molecules to Whole Organisms: Insect Responses to Climate Change, Emily Elizabeth Mikucki, PhD, Biology

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Effects Of Forage Quality And Management Decisions On Feed Intake Of Lactating Dairy Cows, Michael Miller, PhD, Animal Nutrition and Food Science

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Who Performs Pro-Environmental Behaviors (PEBs) and Why? Examining the Impacts of Motivation, Environmental Attitudes, Identity, and Climate Change Concerns on Intended and Actual PEBs, Roberta Sofia Molokandov, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Assessing growth and methods of decontamination of Listeria monocytogenes in brushes and brines used for production of washed-rind cheese, Rosalind Grace Neale, MS, Nutrition and Food Sciences

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Guide to Urban Gardening in Winooski Valley, Vermont, Grace Claire O'Neil, MS, Plant and Soil Science

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Effects of ericoid mycorrhizal fungi on reproductive traits in Vaccinium corymbosum, Erin O'Neill, MS, Biology

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Evaluation of Nitrogen and Phosphorus Removal in Alternative Management Practices for Dairy Farm Production Area Runoff: Bioretention Cells and a Woodchip Bioreactor Treatment System, Jillian Sarazen, MS, Plant and Soil Science

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Investigations Into Signaling Mechanisms Of The Dcbld Receptor Family, Anna Schmoker, PhD, Biology

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Physiochemical And Microstructural Properties And Probiotic Survivability Of Symbiotic Almond Yogurt Using Polymerized Whey Protein As A Co-Gelation Agent, Hao Shi, MS, Nutrition and Food Sciences

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Consumption Of Microplastics Impacts The Growth And Fecal Properties Of The Marine Copepod, Acartia Tonsa, Emily Ann Shore, MS, Biology

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The Agronomics Of Organically Managed Legume-Grass Mixtures For Ensiled Forage Production, Allen Wilder, MS, Plant and Soil Science

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Does Adding Forage Radish Enhance Winter Rye Cover Crops in Northeastern Corn Silage Systems?, Kirsten Cynthia Workman, MS, Plant and Soil Science

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Ecology Of Composted Bedded Pack And Its Impact On The Udder Microbiome With An Emphasis On Mastitis Epidemiology, Tucker Andrews, MS, Plant and Soil Science

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Consumer Support For Renewable Energy Systems: A Case Study Of Community Biodigesters In Vermont, Katelynn Maria Conedera, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Neurodevelopmental Roles of Semaphorin6A/PlexinA2 Signaling in Zebrafish, Sarah Elizabeth Emerson, PhD, Biology

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Natural Selection For Disease Resistance In Hybrid Poplars Targets Stomatal Patterning Traits And Regulatory Genes., Karl Christian Fetter, PhD, Plant Biology

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Comparison of Methods for Detection of Listeria on Wooden Shelves used for Cheese Aging: Challenges Associated with Sampling Porous Surfaces, Gina Christine Frontino, MS, Nutrition and Food Sciences

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From Maintenance To Stewardship: Green Stormwater Infrastructure Capacity In Vermont Towns & Design And Participatory Processes To Provide Cultural Ecosystem Services, Holly Lee Greenleaf, MS, Plant and Soil Science

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Impact of a Winter Rye Cover Crop on Edge-of-Field Nutrient Losses and Corn Silage Production, Keegan Griffith, MS, Plant and Soil Science

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Evaluation of candidate pheromone blends for mating disruption of the invasive swede midge (Contarinia nasturtii), Elisabeth Ann Hodgdon, PhD, Plant and Soil Science

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Examination Of Bovine Rumen Fluid And Milk Fat Globule Membrane Proteome Dynamics, Mallory Cate Honan, MS, Animal Science

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Stress and stressors affecting Latino migrant dairy farmworkers in Vermont: An exploratory analysis, Virginia Kades, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Protein Mass Spectrometry Aids In Chagas Vector Blood Meal Identification And Offers An Innovative Approach To Battling Vector-Borne Diseases, Judith Ina Keller, PhD, Biology

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Nutrient Removal Performance Of A Wood Chip Bioreactor Treatment System Receiving Silage Bunker Runoff, Deborah Joy Kraft, MS, Plant and Soil Science

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An Environmental Approach To Food Safety Assessment Using Artisan Cheese And Fresh Produce As Model Systems, Marie Limoges, PhD, Nutrition and Food Sciences

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Investigation Of Transforming Growth Factor-Alpha And Its Potential Role In Promoting Ovarian Follicular Dominance, Allie Lynn Lundberg, MS, Animal Science

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Modeling Agricultural Outcomes in a Warmer, Wetter Vermont, Rachel Mason, MS, Plant and Soil Science

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An Analysis of Beverage Consumption in the United States Using the National Health and Examination Survey 2007-2017, Sean Morris, MS, Community Development and Applied Economics

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Male Weight Control: Crowdsourcing and an Intervention to Discover More, Tiffany Rounds, PhD, Nutrition and Food Sciences

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Inflammation Of The Taste Sensory System: Cyclophosphamide And Amifostine, Anish Ali Sarkar, MS, Biology

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Evolutionary History Of The Angiosperm Npf1 Gene Subfamily: Duplications, Retention And Functional Implications For Root Symbioses And Development, Giovanna Sassi, PhD, Plant Biology

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Relationships Between Undigested And Physically Effective Fiber In Lactating Dairy Cow Diets, Wyatt Alexander Smith, MS, Animal Science

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Endotoxin Increases Oxidative Stress And Oxygen Tension While Reducing Milk Protein Gene Expression In The Mammary Gland, Alexander Jonathan Spitzer, MS, Animal Science

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Repelling Contarinia Nasturtii (diptera: Cecidomyiidae), A Brassica Specialist, Using Non-Host Essential Oils, Chase Stratton, PhD, Plant and Soil Science