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John Taylor retires from PMB

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The College of Natural Resources congratulates faculty members who retired during the 2017-2018 academic year, including PMB Professor John Taylor.

NSF grant awarded for CRISPR crop research

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Adjunct Professor Sarah Hake and Associate Researcher George Chuck have been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to employ CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to potentially domesticate alternative food crop sources.

Although there are thousands of edible plants in the world, the agricultural industry relies on only a few major grasses—such as rice, wheat, and maize—to provide most of the planet’s caloric needs. This extreme dependence on a select group of plant species limits the world’s capacity to secure a...

CNR welcomes new dean

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The College of Natural Resources has a new dean, plant ecologist and evolutionary biologist David Ackerly.

Living Large: Exploration of Diverse Bacteria Signals Big Advance for Gene Function Prediction

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New research from Adam Deutschbauer is the largest functional genomics study of bacteria ever published.

From Genes to Global Solutions

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College of Natural Resources faculty, including Brian Staskawicz, faculty lead wide-ranging research initiatives at the Innovative Genomics Institute.

Drought treatment restructures plants’ microbiomes

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New research examines drought tolerance in sorghum—a finding that could help scientists develop crops that are more resistant to climate change.

Brewing hoppy beer without the hops

Researchers, including PhD candidate Rachel Li and adjunct professor Henrik Scheller, have created strains of brewer's yeast that produce a hoppy flavor without the use of hops.

Scientists engineer crops to conserve water, resist drought

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Researchers have improved how crops use water by altering the expression of a gene found in all plants.

New research identifies plant “sunscreen” protein

For plants, light is great, until it’s not. They need the sun’s energy to carry out photosynthesis, but too much light damages the chloroplasts in plant cells where light, water, and carbon dioxide are converted into sugar and oxygen. One way plants protect themselves is to dissipate that excess light, a process that also occurs in the chloroplasts.

Krishna Niyogi and researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) are working to understand–and manipulate–plant photoprotection mechanisms, such as a process called NPQ, or nonphotochemical quenching, which...

Microorganism in East Bay sludge reveals new CO2 fixation pathway

Israel Figueroa

Scientists from the Department of Plant and Microbiology (PMB) have identified the first natural example of a pathway for carbon dioxide fixation previously thought to be only synthetically derived. This discovery has the potential to lead to applications in developing new methods for carbon capture and conversion for the sustainable storing of electrical energy in liquid fuel form.