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Jessica conroy

Jessica Conroy featured among brilliant women climate scientists in the Guardian

What does a sexist Google engineer teach us about women in science?

Publication Date: 12 December 2017


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Two Plant Biology professors rank among most influential researchers worldwide

Prominent ranking is based upon how often their research is cited

Publication Date: 18 November 2017


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U.S. Department of Energy grant will fund sorghum research at Illinois

Several institutions to benefit from $16 million grant to research photosynthesis and water use efficiency

Publication Date: 06 October 2017


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Two undergrads improve plant carbon-cycle models

Researchers at the U. of I. found that plants vary a lot in the efficiency with which they uptake carbon dioxide and conserve water. Plant biology professor Andrew Leakey, left, mentored Kevin Wolz, who was an undergraduate at the time he conducted the research. Wolz now holds degrees in civil engineering and biology and is pursuing a doctorate in biology.

Publication Date: 24 July 2017


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Foundation Supports Crops in Silico

 

Publication Date: 15 June 2017


Heads miller

Scientists find world’s oldest fossil mushroom

The world’s oldest fossil mushroom was preserved in limestone, an extraordinarily rare event, researchers say.

Publication Date: 09 June 2017


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Donald Ort elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Donald Ort is among four University of Illinois professors elected to the National Academy of Sciences this year.

Publication Date: 04 May 2017


Stephen long

Scientists tweak photosynthesis to boost crop yield

As computer models predicted, genetically modified plants are better able to make use of the limited sunlight available when their leaves go into the shade, researchers report.

Publication Date: 19 November 2016


Lisa ainsworth

Eight Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influential

Plant biology professors Lisa Ainsworth, Stephen P. Long, and Donald Ort are three of eight Illinois faculty members on the Clarivate Analytics / Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list, 2016.

Publication Date: 19 November 2016


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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