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MSU plant pathologist's research featured in the New York Times

May 26, 2010

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Montana State University professor David Sands' research into the role that bacteria play in precipitation was featured in a May 24 article in the New York Times.

The article noted that the cause of most snow is a living organism, a bacterium, called pseudomonas syringae.

According to the story, "in the last few years, Dr. Sands and other researchers have accumulated evidence that the well-known group of bacteria, long known to live on agricultural crops, are far more widespread and may be part of a little-studied weather ecosystem. The principle is well accepted, but how widespread the phenomenon is remains a matter of debate."

For the full story, see http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/25/science/25snow.html.

To read more about Sands' work in bio-precipitation, visit this Feb. 29, 2008 story from MSU News:
http://www.montana.edu/cpa/news/nwview.php?article=5659.

David Sands, dsands@montana.edu, (406) 994-5151