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Plant Biology News

Dr. Andrew Miller receives Distinguished Research Scientist award

Dr. Andrew Miller, affiliate of Plant Biology, was presented with the Distinguished Research Scientist award from the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois during a Celebration of Excellence held to honor the outstanding achievements of its employees.

Publication Date: 15 May 2019


Excessive rainfall as damaging to corn yield as extreme heat, drought

University of Illinois scientists have linked historical crop insurance, climate, soil and corn yield data to quantify the effects of excessive rainfall on corn yield.

Publication Date: 01 May 2019


Stephen Long Elected to National Academy of Sciences

University of Illinois plant biology and crop sciences professor Stephen P. Long is one of 100 new members elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Publication Date: 30 April 2019


Daniel Raudabaugh awarded Schmidt Science Fellowship

Daniel Raudabaugh, Plant Biology grad student in Andrew Miller's lab received a highly prestigious Schmidt Science Fellowship - after passing through several rounds of interviews.

Publication Date: 08 April 2019


Crops in silico 2.0: Project Extended with $5 million grant

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Crops in silico (Cis) project has received a $5 million grant from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) to continue building a computational platform that integrates multiple models to study a whole plant virtually.

Publication Date: 15 March 2019


Ainsworth to receive 2019 NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences

Elizabeth Ainsworth, USDA Agricultural Research Service, also an adjunct professor at Illinois and a member of the IGB Genomic Ecology of Global Change research theme, will receive the 2019 NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences.

Publication Date: 23 January 2019


Scientists engineer shortcut for photosynthetic glitch, boost crop growth by 40 percent

Scientists Don Ort (left), Paul South (center) and Amanda Cavanagh (right) study how well their plants modified to bypass photorespiration perform beside unmodified plants in real-world conditions. They found that plants engineered with a synthetic shortcut are about 40 percent more productive

Publication Date: 16 January 2019


Oxford students make their way to Illinois’ research fields

This summer, a new exchange program allowed nine interns from the University of Oxford the opportunity to conduct research alongside highly qualified researchers and experience a different culture at the University of Illinois.

Publication Date: 04 January 2019


Four Illinois faculty members elected AAAS Fellows

From left, mechanical science and engineering professor Narayana Aluru, computer science professor William Gropp and plant biology professors Andrew Leakey and Ray Ming are among 416 scientists elected AAAS Fellows this year.

Publication Date: 30 November 2018


North American checklist identifies the fungus among us

Some fungi are smelly and coated in mucus. Others have gills that glow in the dark. Some are delicious; others, poisonous. Some spur euphoria when ingested. Some produce antibiotics. All of these fungi – and hundreds of thousands, if not millions, more – occur in North America. Of those that are known to science, 44,488 appear in a new checklist of North American fungi, published this month in the journal Mycologia.

Publication Date: 29 November 2018