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Rausser graduate students receive National Science Foundation awards

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Graduate students in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology receive the prestigious research fellowship.

Cracking the Secrets of the Diatom’s Shell

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Professor Kris Niyogi and Berkeley Lab research scientist Setsuko Wakao are featured in a podcast about diatom structure and genetics.

How to spot misleading science reporting

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Graduate student Hayley McCausland wrote a guide on what to look for when evaluating science news articles.

Scientists gain key understanding about plant receptors

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Assistant professor Ksenia Krasileva uses genomic analysis in a new study published in the journal The Plant Cell.

Green algae reveals one mRNA encodes many proteins

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Professor Sabeeha Merchant and members of her lab discover a previously unknown similarity between more complex life forms and bacteria.

Volunteers launch pandemic aid initiative

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Researchers, faculty, and students formed the Common Humanity Collective, a group distributing hand sanitizer and masks to vulnerable communities.

The Climate-COVID Connection

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In Breakthroughs magazine, postdoctoral fellow Cara Brook discusses the linkages between zoonotic diseases and habitat loss.

Why I do Science

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In Breakthroughs magazine, associate professor Kathleen Ryan discusses her career path and interest in bacteria research.

Hands on learning at home

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Rausser College faculty like professor Tom Bruns use creative methods to engage students with remote learning.

Plant Immune Receptor Discovery Can Help Scientists Fight Agricultural Pandemics

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Professor Brian Staskawicz made a critical step toward helping plants fight pathogens without pesticides.