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Soybean plants with fewer leaves yield more

Using computer model simulations, scientists have predicted that modern soybean crops produce more leaves than they need to the detriment of yield—a problem made worse by rising atmospheric carbon dioxide. They tested their prediction by removing about one third of the emerging leaves on soybeans and found an 8% increase in seed yield in replicated trials. They attribute this boost in yield to increased photosynthesis, decreased respiration, and diversion of resources that would have been invested in more leaves than seeds.

Publication Date: 19 November 2016


Fellowship program provides opportunity for hands-on research experience

IB students receive Access and Achievement Program research fellowships in Animal Biology.

Publication Date: 01 November 2016


In Memoriam - Dr. Sharon Gray (1985-2016)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign B.Sc. Integrative Biology, 2006 Ph.D. Plant Biology, 2013

Publication Date: 07 October 2016


Future drought will offset benefits of higher CO2 on soybean yields

Plant biology professor Andrew Leakey and colleagues report that soybeans will suffer yield losses sooner than previously predicted under future conditions that combine elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide levels with drought.

Publication Date: 08 September 2016


Scientists watch as water fleas take over new territory

University of Illinois animal biology professor Carla Cáceres and graduate student Christopher Holmes led a study of Daphnia pulex, an aquatic crustacean, to gain insight into the ecology of ponds.

Publication Date: 20 July 2016


Current diversity pattern of North American mammals a ‘recent’ trend

In a study of fossils spanning 63 million years, University of Illinois animal biology professor Jonathan Marcot and his colleagues found that current patterns of mammal biodiversity in North America are a relatively recent phenomenon.

Publication Date: 13 June 2016


Researcher studies how animals puncture things

Illinois animal biology professor Philip Anderson and his colleagues found that increasing the speed of a projectile enhances its ability to puncture an object more effectively than increasing its mass.

Publication Date: 23 April 2016


Study suggests commercial bumble bee industry amplified a fungal pathogen

Scientists hoping to explain widespread declines in wild bumble bee populations have conducted the first long-term genetic study of Nosema bombi, a key fungal pathogen of honey bees and bumble bees.

Publication Date: 05 April 2016


Fixing a Broken Theory of Nature

Scientists are trying to tweak a well-known model of ecological change to account for environmental fluctuations

Publication Date: 05 April 2016


Fungi are at the root of tropical forest diversity–or lack thereof, study finds

University of Illinois plant biology professor James Dalling, graduate student Adriana Corrales and their colleagues found that fungi that associate with tree roots can profoundly influence plant diversity in a tropical forest.

Publication Date: 24 February 2016