Category Archives: Field observations

Most Recent Viruses Isolated in Iredell County

Student scientists at Mitchell Community College are once again hunting for and researching phages, specific viruses that infect bacteria. This undergraduate research program, SEA-PHAGES, is sponsored by Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s science education division. The unique program has three main … Continue reading

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Discovering Ancient Viruses

In 2000, scientists drilled a hole into the Siberian permafrost to collect old soil and look for ancient predators. In fact, these soil samples were estimated to be around 30,000 years old. These viral predators may be even older. Ten … Continue reading

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Campus Ant Diversity 2018

Post by research students (Fall 2018) During the fall 2017 semester, we conducted ant surveys on both our Statesville and Mooresville campuses. Once again we surveyed ants across six grass plots and six pavement plots. However, this time we only … Continue reading

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Gray Fox

Gray foxes, Urocyon cinereoargenteus, are omnivorous members of the canine family. Their diet ranges from mammals and birds to invertebrates, fruits, and nuts depending on the season and what is available. As you can see from the figure above, we … Continue reading

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