The first-ever discovery of prions in soil and water near Wisconsin mineral licks points to another transmission route for chronic wasting disease (CWD). The research is led by Michael Samuel (an emeritus professor of wildlife ecology) and Joel Pedersen (professor of soil science).  The study is described in “Deer Disease Reservoirs” in the Fall 2018 edition of CALS Grow Magazine.


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Thea Whitman (assistant professor of soil science) is also featured in this same Fall 2018 edition of CALS Grow Magazine with an article entitled “Controlled Burn.”  The article describes Thea’s research digging into questions of soil, carbon, and biochar that could determine the ultimate trajectory of climate change. 



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