The Ocean Spray growers cooperative has as members approximately 60% of Wisconsin’s cranberry growers. The cooperative has three receiving stations in the state and the one in Tomah is the largest in the world. This week, the Steffan Lab got to take a tour of it. With harvest in full swing and the cold weather moving in, this week is one of the station’s busiest of the year. Here they handle over 46 billion cranberries in a year, and on the busiest days process around 75,000 barrels per day. That’s a lot of cranberries!!
In an exciting and ongoing research pursuit, Shawn and his collaborators are working on a method to precisely determine the trophic position of any organism in a given ecosystem. The latest paper, titled “Trophic Hierarchies Illuminated via Amino Acid Isotopic Analysis” can be found in the September issue of PLOS ONE, here: