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Mushroom Discovery on Campus

Team describes first new species from campus in more than 30 years

By Karyn Houston Plant & Microbial Biology Two researchers who recently named the first new species of mushroom from the UC Berkeley campus in more than 30 years are emphasizing the need for continued green and open space on campus, as well as a full-fledged catalog of all North American mushroom species. Else Vellinga and Nhu Nguyen were ecstatic last year when they found and described Helvella dryophila , a beautiful black “elfin saddle” associated with oaks on Observatory Hill, an open space area next to...

Highly Cited Researchers

PMB professors in top one percent of citations in their fields

By Karyn Houston Plant & Microbial Biology

Three PMB professors have been chosen as being representatives as the world's "leading scientific minds" by Thomson Reuters, which ranked them among the top one percent "most cited for their subject field" earning them a mark of "exceptional impact".

Thomson Reuters, a news and information service, recently generated the 2014 list of Highly Cited Researchers within the scientific field by using the following criteria:

  • Articles and reviews in science and social sciences journals
  • ...

PMB Professors Lead International Research Team

Goal is to obtain genome sequences for pesky powdery mildews

By Karyn Houston Plant & Microbial Biology

Two UC Berkeley scientists will lead a team of international researchers to obtain genome sequences for 11 powdery mildew fungi, a key step forward in managing a pesky pathogen that causes billions of dollars in agricultural losses each year, if untreated.

PMB Associate Professor Mary Wildermuth and PMB Professor Shauna Somerville will do the genome sequencing work with resources from the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute.

Powdery mildew affects a number of crops,...

Michi Taga Granted Innovator Award in Biomedical Research

Research Focus: Killing off specific bacteria to learn function, treat disease

By Karyn Houston

Plant & Microbial Biology Assistant Professor Michi Taga has been granted a prestigious “New Innovator Award” designed to stimulate highly innovative research and support promising young investigators.

The National Institutes of Health grant enables the Taga Lab to launch a fascinating new research trajectory – looking at the link between specific bacteria and the roles they play in the environments they live in.

Just about every environment – including nearly every inch of the human body – is teeming...

New Researcher in the Coates Lab

Gavin Collins seminar 11.24.14, noon, 101 Barker Hall

By Karyn Houston Plant & Microbial Biology

Gavin Collins, professor from the National University at Ireland Galway and leader of a seven-university consortium at the University Glasgow, is here to conduct research in John Coates’ Lab in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology.

Collins’ research focuses on understanding the ecology and ecophysiology of complex microbial communities used in environmental biotechnologies. He is “especially interested in methanogenic communities underpinning waste-to energy technologies, such as anaerobic digesters,” Collins said. He seeks to determine the...

Taylor-White Lecture Features Fungal Ecologist from Wales

10.1.14: "Fungus Wars: Why and How Fungi Fight Each Other"

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 | Noon | 101 Barker Hall #101 Reception to follow in 338 Koshland Hall

By Karyn Houston Plant & Microbial Biology

Lynne Boddy is a fungal ecologist from Cardiff University, Wales, UK. She is especially keen on anything to do with wood decomposition. She has pioneered work on the fungal community structure and dynamics of wood. She is intrigued by fungal interactions and how these change patterns of fungal community structure and development. Though mushrooms and...

Assistant Professor Position in Plant Biology

Applications due 11.14.14; Expected Start Date July 2015

The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, has an opening for an Assistant Professor (tenure track, nine-month appointment) with an expected start date of July 1, 2015.

We seek applications for a faculty member who will develop an internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program with a focus on whole plant biology. Areas of particular interest include fundamental aspects of development, such as growth, diversification, adaptations, and interactions of plants with microbes. The desirable candidate’s research...

Assistant Professor Position in Plant Biology

Applications due 11.14.14; expected start date July 2015

The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, has an opening for an Assistant Professor (tenure track, nine-month appointment) with an expected start date of July 1, 2015.

We seek applications for a faculty member who will develop an internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program with a focus on whole plant biology. Areas of particular interest include fundamental aspects of development, such as growth, diversification, adaptations, and interactions of plants with microbes. The desirable candidate’s research...

Markus Pauly Lab Awarded Genetic Feed Stock Grant

Discovering potential energy yields for biofuels

By Karyn Houston Plant & Microbial Biology

PMB Associate Professor Markus Pauly is one of three principal investigators at the Energy Biosciences Institute who will receive funding from the federal government aimed at improving plant feedstocks for biofuels and other bio-based products.

The grants were announced jointly by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which together will contribute $12.6 million to three-year projects at the EBI.

University of Illinois Crop Sciences Professor Patrick Brown, who heads the EBI project on perennial...

Markus Pauly Lab Awarded Genetic Feed Stock Grant

Discovering potential energy yields for biofuels

By Karyn Houston Plant & Microbial Biology

PMB Associate Professor Markus Pauly is one of three principal investigators at the Energy Biosciences Institute who will receive funding from the federal government aimed at improving plant feedstocks for biofuels and other bio-based products.

The grants were announced jointly by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which together will contribute $12.6 million to three-year projects at the EBI.

University of Illinois Crop Sciences Professor Patrick Brown, who heads the EBI project on perennial...

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