Dr. Nina Baghai-Riding, professor of biology and environmental science at Delta State University, presented three scientific posters that were created by 14 students in her spring 2019 Plant Anatomy course at the Botanical Society of America conference, held in Tucson, Ariz., July 27-31.
The presentations focused on three local winter plant weeds that grow in the Mississippi Delta: “cleavers” (Galium aparine), purple deadnettle (Lamium purpureum), and hairy buttercup (Ranunculus sardous):
- “A Preliminary Anatomical Study of Galium aparine (Rubiance)” by William Neal, Pamela Bellamy, Huntley Brewer, Abi Gibson, and Tristan Moseley
- “A Preliminary Plant Anatomical Study of Lamium purpureum L. (Lamiaceae)” by Allison Hardin, Kaley Eldred, Madisyn Sheraka, Michael Zarske, and Morgan Welch
- “Anatomical features of Ranunculus sardous” by Nancy Amaro, Bria Goodson, Takayla Pratt, and Tamara Sly
Baghai-Riding also presented a poster, created with Delta State Archivist Emily Jones ’99, titled, “Honoring Henry Judson Jacob,” a former Delta State dean, for his contributions to the DSU herbarium. Baghai-Riding also was recognized as a PLANTS (Preparing Leaders and Nurturing Tomorrow’s Scientists) mentor and is the longest-serving senior mentor of the program.