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Diverse Tropical Forests Grow Fast Despite Widespread Phosphorus Limitation

In Panama's lowland tropical forest, tree species growing on low phosphorus soils grew faster, on average, than species growing on high phosphorus soils. Credit:

Publication Date: 08 March 2018


Ecological Society of America honors Wendy Yang

The Ecological Society of America has named Wendy H. Yang, a professor of plant biology and geology at Illinois, as an Early Career Fellow.

Publication Date: 06 March 2018


Wendy Yang honored as LEAP Scholar

College of LAS program supports promising assistant professors

Publication Date: 23 December 2017

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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


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

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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