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Plant Biology News

Improved model could help scientists better predict crop yield, climate change effects

A new computer model incorporates how microscopic, mouth-like pores on leaves (pictured) may open in response to light—an advance that could help scientists create virtual plants to predict how higher temperatures and rising levels of carbon dioxide will affect food crops.

A warming Midwest increases likelihood that farmers will need to irrigate

Plant biology professor Evan DeLucia and his colleagues found that hotter conditions expected by midcentury will lead to a need for crop irrigation in the Midwest, a region that relies primarily on rainfall to grow crops.

Jessica Conroy receives NSF grant to study tropical water cycles

Conroy was awarded the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to investigate past patterns of the water cycle in the tropical Pacific.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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