Read article: Back from the dead: Tropical tree fern repurposes its dead leaves
Back from the dead: Tropical tree fern repurposes its dead leaves
Plant biologists report that a species of tree fern found only in Panama reanimates its own dead leaf fronds, converting them into root structures that feed the mother plant. The fern, Cyathea rojasiana, reconfigures these “zombie leaves,” reversing the flow of water to draw nutrients back...
Read article: Faculty members receive new endowed chairs and professorships
Faculty members receive new endowed chairs and professorships
Five College of LAS faculty members have been named as university endowed chairs or professors, an honor awarded to the highly distinguished scholars for their excellence and prominence in research, teaching and service. They are among nine professors chosen across campus. “An endowed chair is...
Read article: In TED Talk, plant biologist discusses increasing crop yields
Read article: Six LAS professors rank among the world's most influential
Six LAS professors rank among the world's most influential
Six researchers in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences have been named to the 2023 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list. The list recognizes research scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated exceptional influence – reflected through their publication of multiple...
Read article: New study indicates C4 crops less sensitive to ozone pollution than C3 crops
New study indicates C4 crops less sensitive to ozone pollution than C3 crops
Ozone (O3) in the troposphere negatively impacts crop growth and development, causing significant decreases in crop yield worldwide. This airborne pollutant does not come directly from smokestacks or vehicles, but instead is formed when other pollutants, mainly nitrogen oxides and volatile organic...
Read article: Single model predicts trends in employment, microbiomes, forests
Single model predicts trends in employment, microbiomes, forests
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Researchers report that a single, simplified model can predict population fluctuations in three unrelated realms: urban employment, human gut microbiomes and tropical forests. The model will help economists, ecologists, public health authorities and others predict and respond to...