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Undergraduate in Specht Lab Honored

Shayla Salzman is the lead author of the award-winning paper

American Society of Plant Taxonomists Award

By Karyn Houston Plant & Microbial Biology

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...

2016 American Phytopathological Society ​Award​s

Professor Steve Lindow honored

​ 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.


Lindow's PMB Profile

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.


N. Louise Glass Receives Award

At the 44th Symposium for Research in Bamberg, Germany

UC Berkeley was well represented at the 44th Symposium for Research Award Winners of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation held in Bamberg, Germany between March 17th-20th, 2016.

Awardees included Professors Jeffrey A. Reimer, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Ulrike M. Malmendier, Economics, Daniel Tataru, Mathematics and N. Louise Glass, Plant and Microbial Biology.

Glass is shown in the photo receiving her award from Professor Helmut Schwarz, President of the Humboldt Foundation. Each of the awardees will be spending 6-12 months working with colleagues in Germany....

Kris Niyogi Named Fellow, American Society of Plant Biologists

Breakthrough research on photsynthetic energy conversion

PMB Professor and Chair Kris Niyogi has been named a fellow of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB). Established in 2007, the award is granted in recognition of distinguished and long-term contributions to plant biology and service to the ASPB by current members in areas that include research, education, mentoring, outreach, and professional and public service.

Current members of ASPB who have contributed to the Society for at least 10 years are eligible for nomination. Recipients of the Fellow of ASPB honor, which may be granted to...

PMB at Cal Day April 16, 2016

Magic show, micro garden, microbiology and more

By Karyn Houston Plant & Microbial Biology

The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology will be participating in UC Berkeley's Cal Day on Saturday April 16, 2016. PMB students and faculty will be presenting and hosting all sorts of activities that revolve around plants and microbes. Cal Day is one of the ways PMB interacts with the Berkeley community and future Golden Bears along with their families. From 11 am to 2 pm, visit PMB at the Genetics and Plant Biology lawn, located next...

Brenner Named Fellow of Scientific Society

Steven Brenner

Significant contributions to the field of computational biology

By Karyn Houston Plant & Microbial Biology

Steven Brenner, a professor in the Department of Plant & Microbial Biology, has been elected a fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) for his groundbreaking research in computational protein analysis and genomics. Brenner’s work is on the cutting edge of computational biology, the science of developing and applying computational approaches to understand biology.

The ISCB is a scholarly society dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding of living systems through computation, and is the...

How Bacteria get their Magnetic Compass

An inactivated protein, MamO (lower left), shepherds iron atoms directly to the growing magnetite crystal (red), which forms inside a membrane compartment (blue). The yellow filaments are proteins that organize the crystals into chains in the cell. The ch

Building mini magnets to navigate their environment

By Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley

Many bacteria build miniature magnets and use them to navigate their environment and UC Berkeley’s Arash Komeili has found a neat trick they use to do it.

As reported in the March 2016 issue of the journal PLOS Biology, Komeili, an associate professor of plant and microbial biology, discovered that most so-called magnetotactic bacteria repurpose a commonplace enzyme and use it as a scaffold on which to assemble iron atoms into tiny magnets.

He and his colleagues discovered...

Climate Change Is Leaving Native Plants Behind

A manzanita specimen from 1936 housed at the University and Jepson Herbaria at the University of California, Berkeley. Credit: John Upton/Climate Central

New Study from the University and Jepson Herbaria

Willis Linn Jepson encountered a squat shrub while he was collecting botanical specimens on California’s Mount Tamalpais in the fall of 1936. He trimmed off a few branches and jotted down the location along the ridge trail where the manzanita grew, 2,255 feet above sea level.

The desiccated specimen is now part of an herbarium here that’s named for the famed botanist. It was among hundreds of thousands of specimens of thousands of different species that were used recently to track the movement of plant species...

Mentoring Opportunity for Cal Undergrads

undergrad in the lab

Apply now for summer research

This summer the UC Berkeley Graduate Division will again be supporting exceptional undergraduates interested in summer research via the Student Mentoring and Research Teams (SMART) Fellowship. The Smart Program enables doctoral students to create mentored research opportunities for undergraduate students at UC Berkeley. The program provides summer funding for both graduate and undergraduate participants and opportunities to share research results on campus and at national conferences. The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology is pleased to announce that two of its graduate students will be serving as mentors in the...