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Claire Biel Joins Seed Laboratory Staff

Claire Biel, Lab Technician

Minnesota Crop Improvement Association welcomes Claire Biel to our staff! Claire has assumed the position of Lab Technician in the Seed Laboratory.

She began her career at MCIA in October. Claire is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she earned a B.S. in plant science with an emphasis in agroecology. As a student research assistant, she worked on a USDA-NIFA Coordinated Agricultural Project titled Pennycress Research Enabling Farm and Energy Resilience. Her work focused on pennycress genetics and breeding. She performed DNA extraction and seed germination, screening for performance in different conditions, took phenotypic field data, managed a greenhouse, and was also involved in harvest.

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