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Roadmap to achieve global food production goals by redesigning photosynthesis

A plan to increase crop productivity by making crop plants more efficient, and better neighbors. Robert Emerson Professor of Plant Biology Donald Ort led a diverse group of researchers who propose a roadmap to achieve global food production goals by redesigning photosynthesis.

Camp participants forecast a bright future for women in plant science

Pollen Power! Camp, offered this summer for the third consecutive year, is funded in part by the National Science Foundation. The camp was also co-organized by plant biologist and IGB GEGC theme member Lisa Ainsworth, IGB Core Facilities, and IGB Outreach staff. Many other IGB members contributed their time and efforts to camp activities. Next year’s camp is scheduled for June 27-July 1, 2016; registration for next year’s camp will open in spring 2016.

Evolutionary Trees Reveal Patterns of Microbial Diversification

The results, published in PNAS, reveal microbial family trees with distinct evolutionary patterns that may one day help us understand how harmful microbes evolve.

$1.8M grant to create data platform for Big Data in plant breeding

Illinois plant biologists, computer scientists receive $1.8M to create data platform for Big Data in plant breeding. David LeBauer, a plant biologist, will act as principal investigator for the supercomputing pipeline and reference sensing platform components.

Gene regulation underlies the evolution of social complexity in bees

Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology faculty members Saurabh Sinha, a professor of computer science, left; and Gene Robinson, a professor of entomology and IGB director; and an international consortium of 52 scientists used comparative genomics to discover that the evolution of bee society is associated with increases in the complexity of gene regulation.

Trap-jaw ants jump with their jaws to escape the antlions den

The trap-jaw can increase its survival by jumping with its spring-loaded jaws.

Monkey Droppings Complement Field Observations, Researchers Report

University of Illinois researchers, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology Paul Garber, Anthropology doctoral candidate Elizabeth Mallott, and Associate Professor of Anthropology and IGB member Ripan Malhi

Undergraduate student's research publication in Animal Behavior

IB undergrad Sally Feng (’14) has her research published and spotlighted in the journal Animal Behavior.

Cultivated papaya owes a lot to the ancient Maya, research suggests

Plant biology professor Ray Ming and his colleagues discovered that papaya cultivation 4,000 years ago likely led to the evolution of hermaphrodite plants, which are favored by growers today.

Survival gardening education goes global via cellphones

Animated videos teach “survival gardening.” From left: Carl Burkybile, agricultural director of Healing Hands International, worked with entomology professor Barry Pittendrigh, animator Benjamin Blalock, Center for African Studies assistant director Julia Bello-Bravo and animator Anna Perez Sabater to develop the videos, which HHI distributes around the world.