This week I traveled to Columbia, MO to give a talk in the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri. My hosts arranged a full day of meetings with a range of plant scientists studying everything from developmental genetics to root physiology to plant viruses. I learned a ton and had a wonderful time talking science. Special thanks to the Pires/Conant labs, and the Schultz/Appel lab for letting me crash your lab meetings. Opportunities like this really help to build research ties among institutions in Missouri - what a great day!