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Evolutionary Trees Reveal Patterns of Microbial Diversification

The results, published in PNAS, reveal microbial family trees with distinct evolutionary patterns that may one day help us understand how harmful microbes evolve.

$1.8M grant to create data platform for Big Data in plant breeding

Illinois plant biologists, computer scientists receive $1.8M to create data platform for Big Data in plant breeding. David LeBauer, a plant biologist, will act as principal investigator for the supercomputing pipeline and reference sensing platform components.

Cultivated papaya owes a lot to the ancient Maya, research suggests

Plant biology professor Ray Ming and his colleagues discovered that papaya cultivation 4,000 years ago likely led to the evolution of hermaphrodite plants, which are favored by growers today.