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UTSA plant biologists publish online where their peers are

By Christi Fish
Public Affairs Specialist

(Aug. 24, 2009)--To better communicate their novel technique to extract hormones from plants under stress, UTSA researchers Jurgen Engelberth and Marie J. Engelberth have published an 11-minute video in the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE). A peer-reviewed scholarly video journal, JoVE aims to facilitate advances in biology research by providing a clear format to communicate new scientific experiments and techniques.

"There are times when a traditional print journal just won't suffice to explain science, and this is one of those times," said Jurgen Engelberth, assistant professor of plant biochemistry in the College of Sciences Department of Biology. "By inviting JoVE into our lab to shoot video footage of our hormone extraction technique and helping JoVE with the video's narrative, we have been able to clearly and accurately communicate the laboratory techniques at the crux of our research."

In the Engelberths' video publication, "Monitoring Plant Hormones During Stress Responses," the researchers demonstrate the steps required to isolate plant hormones and measure their concentrations. In just 11 minutes, viewers learn to extract hormones from plant materials, methylate and prepare filters, collect the extractions, and analyze the samples. As the video proceeds, the narrative points out key considerations for a successful experiment.

Since the Engelberth's video was published by JoVE a few weeks ago, it has received nearly 3,000 hits. To view the video, you can subscribe to the journal for one day at no charge.

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