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CNR welcomes new dean

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Plant ecologist and evolutionary biologist David Ackerly has been selected to become the next dean of the College of Natural Resources.

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.

Matthew Traxler named 2017 Hellman Fellow

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Matthew Traxler has been named a 2017 Hellman Fellow. The Hellman Fellows Program supports junior faculty research on the ten campuses of the UC system and at four private institutions. Three other CNR faculty members have also been awarded 2017 Hellman Fellowships.

Established by Warren & Chris Hellman and their children in 1994, the purpose of the Hellman Fellows Program is to support the research of promising assistant professors who show capacity for great distinction in their chosen fields of endeavor. The...

NSF funds $3.4 million grant to improve maize crops

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Researchers from the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology (PMB) and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center have been awarded a five-year, $3.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve the productivity of maize. Sarah Hake , director of the USDA Plan Gene Expression Center and an adjunct professor in PMB, will work with a team of Danforth Center and university researchers on the project.

The team’s research will develop novel methods...

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