By Wallace Ravven It looks harmless enough – a light dusting like baby powder sprinkled on the leaves. But as rose lovers know, powdery mildew can attack new buds and shoots, stunt growth and distort plant development.
PMB Researchers explore ways to reduce the use of fertilizers
By Armand Parajon
A mid-career grant for a UC Berkeley researcher will go toward finding ways to reduce the use of fertilizers in agriculture, while still maintaining high yields.
Plant & Microbial Biology Professor Sheng Luan has been awarded $1.9 million from the National Science Foundation to figure out how plants can take up nutrients more efficiently while using less fertilizer.
Cooperative Extension Specialist Peggy Lemaux, also from PMB, is co-principal investigator for the project.
Benjamin Blackman follows the growth of sunflowers
By Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley
Sunflowers not only pivot to face the sun as it moves across the sky during the day, but they also rotate 180 degrees during the night to greet the morning sun.
UC Davis and UC Berkeley researchers have now discovered how they do it: They’ve linked their internal clock genes to stem growth, so that the eastern side of the stem elongates more than the western side during the day, turning the stem and flower westward to track the transiting sun....
For the first time since the Mycological Society of America (MSA) was molded in 1931, the annual conference will take place at UC Berkeley's beautiful Clark-Kerr campus.
More than 350 fungal specialists from around the world will gather to share their research, network and germinate new ideas at the meeting organized by Professors John Taylor and Tom Bruns of Plant & Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley, in collaboration with Professor Anne Pringle of the University of Wisconsin,...
Awarded to outstanding graduate students in the department
The Arnon and Kase Graduate Student Fellowships Committee recently selected two graduate student applicants to receive the prestigious Arnon and Kase Fellowships for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Grady Pierroz, a joint student in the Coleman-Derr / Lemaux Labs, and Thai Dao, a student in the Fletcher Lab, will each receive a stipend and payment of university fees in support of their graduate education.
The Arnon Fellowship was established to support PMB graduate students pursuing research in plant biology. It is bestowed annually in the...
Specht: President of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists
Fostering and promoting education and research in plant taxonomy
Chelsea Specht, an associate professor in the Department of Plant & Microbial Biology, was just elected President-elect of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists. Her term starts September 2017.
Specht is a plant organismal biologist. In addition to her affiliations with PMB, she is also an associate professor in UC Berkeley's Department of Integrative Biology and she is the curator of monocots with the University and Jepson Herbaria, part of the Berkeley Natural History Museums. Specht is also on the Faculty Advisory Committee for the...
The American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT) Grady L. Webster Award was recently given to Shayla Salzman, Heather E. Driscoll, Tanya Renner, Thiago André, Stacy Shen and Associate Professor Chelsea Specht for their 2015 paper entitled "Spiraling into History: A Molecular Phylogeny and Investigation of Biogeographic Origins and Floral Evolution for the Genus Costus."
This specific award is the 2016 Grady L. Webster Plant Systematics Publication Award, honoring the best Systematic Botany paper of the year. The paper was was...
Plant & Microbial Biology Professor Steven Lindow has been selected to receive The Award of Distinction, the highest award made by the American Phytopathological Society in honor of his significant contributions to the science of plant pathology.
Lindow, who is also Executive Associate Dean at the College of Natural Resources, will be honored at their next annual meeting.
College of Natural Resources Honors Research Symposium
Top students present their year-long research projects
More than 30 qualifying undergraduate students from eight majors in the College of Natural Resources gave presentations at 114 Morgan Hall on May 5-6, 2016.
The two-day event showcased results from the students' respective research, with topics ranging from water availability in the Central Valley of California to characterization of antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria . The event was organized and moderated by Professor Tasios Melis of the Plant & Microbial Biology department, with assistance by Elizabeth Storer, CNR Dean's Office of Student Affairs.