Wright State researcher gives Dayton City Paper ‘a crash course in plant reproduction’


Some parts of life are inescapable: death, taxes, and, apparently for this writer, bug sex.

Hear me out—I went to professor Don Cipollini’s lab with honorable intentions. I wanted a botany lesson, a family-friendly educational experience. But as it turns out, plant reproduction often calls for bugs to get it on, too.

Cipollini earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University and his doctorate from Penn State. He has been teaching in Wright State University’s Department of Biological Sciences for 18 years, specializing in plant physiology and chemical ecology, in addition to serving as director of the Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program. His lab recently discovered the Emerald Ash Borer can find and feed off other species of trees.

So he kind of knows what he’s talking about.

Read the article from the Dayton City Paper.

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