SIB News

Karen sears

Before nature selects, gene networks steer a course for evolution

Biologists and mathematicians at the University of Illinois work together to examine the developmental sources of variation within and between species. Karen Sears, Associate Professor at the School of Integrative Biology and IGB faculty member, coauthored the new study.

Publication Date: 08 September 2015


Sugarcane

Chill-tolerant hybrid sugarcane also grows at lower temperatures, team finds

U. of I. postdoctoral researcher Katarzyna Glowacka, left, crop sciences professor Erik Sacks, visiting scholar Shailendra Sharma and their colleagues found that chill-tolerant sugarcane hybrids, called “miscanes,” also photosynthesize at lower temperatures.

Publication Date: 28 July 2015


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Mowing dry detention basins makes mosquito problems worse, team finds

Researchers, from left, Ephantus Muturi, Andrew Mackay and Brian Allan found that mowing wetland plants in dry-detention basins can increase West Nile virus risk.

Publication Date: 22 July 2015


Don ort

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.

Publication Date: 22 July 2015


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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.

Publication Date: 20 July 2015


Odwyer james

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.

Publication Date: 15 July 2015


Big data

$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.

Publication Date: 13 July 2015


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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.

Publication Date: 14 May 2015


Trapjaw ant

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.

Publication Date: 13 May 2015


Monkey droppings

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

Publication Date: 28 April 2015