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Researchers Push for Millet Marketing Miracle

Nutritious, gluten-free grain requires little water

By Karyn Houston, PMB

A group of researchers from UC Berkeley is launching a campaign to grow, cultivate and market millet, a nutritious, gluten-free grain that needs little water and is rich in B vitamins.

Currently in the U.S., millet is used primarily in bird feed, but Postdoc Amrita Hazra in the Taga Lab in the department of Plant & Microbial Biology is looking to change that.

The Millet Project team has received $24,040 from the Berkeley Food Institute to explore millet cultivation at...

Microbiology Graduate Student Symposium April 25, 2015

Share your research and build connections The Microbiology Student Group invites you to the 16th Annual UC Berkeley Microbiology Student Symposium, to be held at UC Berkeley on Saturday, April 25th, 2015.

The Microbiology Student Symposium is a daylong event in which graduate students, undergraduates, and post-doctoral researchers present original research to peers and professors of the Northern California microbiology community. The symposium provides a venue to share your research and build connections within the community, and is a unique opportunity for your professional development. Keynote Presentations by:

Hazel Barton , University of Akr on ...

Humboldt Research Award for PMB Chair

Research and collaboration with German fungal geneticists

PMB Chair and Professor N. ImportLouise Glass, Photo by David Galvez

By Karyn Houston Plant & Microbial Biology

Professor N. Louise Glass has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for her achievements in the field of fungal genetics.

Glass, chair of the Department of Plant & Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley, was nominated for the award by Dr. Ulrich Küch, a leading scientist in fungal genetics and biotechnology at the Ruhr University...

Cal and National Parks Start Second Century of Science

Conference with National Parks and National Geographic Society

A scientist takes notes from a cliffside perch in Yosemite National Park; Photo: Steven Bumgardner

UC Berkeley in partnership with the National Park Service and the National Geographic Society look toward the 2015 National Park Service centennial with the conference "Science for Parks, Parks for Science: The Next Century" . The conference will take place on March 25-27 at UC Berkeley.

Scholars, conservationalists and public officials will gather on the campus to dicuss...

Spring Events and Programs for Undergraduate Students

Pre-med advising; lunch with faculty and industry leaders

Students gathered outside Dwinelle Hall; Photo by Queena Xu

By Karyn Houston Plant & Microbial Biology

Recurring Events

Pre-Med and Pre-Health Professional Drop-in Advising February 3 - April 14, 10am-1pm or 10am- 12pm, alternating Tuesdays, 3060 VLSB

Speak with a Career Center Pre-Health Peer Advisor and get answers to your questions about preparing and applying for medical and other health professional schools.

Peace Corps Drop-In Advising Thursdays from 10am-12pm CNR Resource Center (260 Mulford Hall)

Meet with...

Interested in evolution?

The evolution of floral identity genes

Jacob O. Brunkard (Graduate Student), Professor Patricia C. Zambryski , Anne M. Runkel (Graduate Student) Photo by Queena Xu

Graduate students Jake Brunkard and Anne Runkel of the Zambryski lab recently published a commentary in Science , summarized as follows: Last year, Sayou et al. published a study about the evolution of a plant-specific transcription factor, LEAFY (Science 343:645-648, 2014). They argued that LEAFY evolved new functions while remaining a single copy gene. In response, we wrote a comment arguing that...

Department Scores Berkeley Food Institute Grant

Diversifying cereal options for our diet

By Karyn Houston Plant & Microbial Biology

Congratulations to Amrita Hazra, a postdoc in the Taga Lab, and Principal Investigators Sarah Hake and Peggy Lemaux for receiving a grant from the Berkeley Food Instituteto explore millets to diversify cereal options in our diet and the environment.

  • Exploring Millets to Diversify Cereal Options in Our Diet and the Environment

After reviewing 18 proposals from a wide range of disciplines across campus, covering an exciting diversity of relevant topics, BFI has selected the...

Graduate Student Cat Adams Reports for BBC

Don't let their small size fool you; praising fungi

Six Bizarre Things about Fungi

By Cat Adams/BBC Campus

It’s impossible to write an article praising fungi without first thanking Kingdom Fungi for getting early humans drunk.

One group of fungi, the yeasts, generates their energy through a process called fermentation. Yeasts take sugar from plants, and break it down into a compound they can use for energy, along with the byproducts carbon dioxide and alcohol.

Alcohol poisons most microbes. But because yeasts produce so much alcohol, yeasts have evolved to tolerate very high alcohol...

Looking "Beyond Academia"

Third annual conference will be in March - sign up now

By Karyn Houston Plant & Microbial Biology

While many students at UC Berkeley study for a graduate degree, recent data shows that fewer than 20 percent of PhDs actually pursue careers in academia. The majority continue on to a wide range of other careers.

In response to that statistic, and the need for more information on alternative careers for PhDs, "Beyond Academia" was founded at UC Berkeley by graduate students and postdocs in 2013....

The Promise and Peril of Newborn Genomic Sequencing

Professor Steven Brenner featured in Breakthroughs Magazine

By Sally Lehrman

Like many other parents, Steven Brenner decorates his Koshland Hall office with colorful drawings in a child’s hand. On his desk, propped up alongside the phalanx of computers, are sunflowers, a bird, and a paper plate transformed into an orange pumpkin with crooked eyes. And as with other parents, too, a key moment from Brenner’s children’s births is seared into his brain. “It’s definitely very traumatic to have someone come and poke holes in the little baby’s foot,” he recalls, grimacing.

Brenner, a...

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