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Plant Biology News

Plant Biology doctoral candidate Bastian Minkenberg, a Huck Graduate Research Dissertation Award winner, worked to help advance the recent genome-editing breakthrough in Yinong Yang’s lab using funds from his award.
The discovery of a gene involved in determining the melting point of cocoa butter -- a critical attribute of the substance widely used in foods and pharmaceuticals -- will likely lead to new and improved products, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
A novel strategy to enhance genome editing promises to increase the efficiency of making genetic improvements in a wide range of organisms, a new study suggests.
The Huck Institutes are now soliciting applications for a second round of J. Lloyd Huck Dissertation Research Grants (previously known as Huck Graduate Enrichment Awards) -- giving exceptional Huck graduate students up to $5,000 to spend on their individual research projects.
Bacteria growing in near darkness use a previously unknown process for harvesting energy and producing oxygen from sunlight, a research team led by Huck Institutes faculty scientist Donald Bryant has discovered.
Malaria parasites alter the chemical odor signal of their hosts to attract mosquitos and better spread their offspring, according to researchers including Mark Mescher, Consuelo De Moraes, and Andrew Read, who believe this scent change could be used as a diagnostic tool.
Huck scientists find Theobroma cacao trees' natural disease defense is bolstered by glycerol foliar treatment
With support from a $5 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development, an international team led by Huck Institutes affiliate Jonathan Lynch will establish the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate-Resilient Beans.
In recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field of entomology, Consuelo De Moraes will be honored at the Society's 61st annual meeting.
The team working in Penn State's Roots Lab, led by Jonathan Lynch, is studying the work going on underneath the ground that enables the growth of healthier crops.
The Huck Institutes are pleased to announce a new fund to provide research support for students in our graduate programs.
The inaugural Lloyd Huck Fellows and the chairs of the Huck Institutes' Ecology, Molecular Medicine, Plant Biology, and Physiology graduate programs discuss the privilege and possibilities conferred by the Huck Fellowship.
According to Penn State engineers including Huck Institutes affiliate Jeffrey Catchmark, changing the way a plant forms cellulose may lead to more efficient, less expensive biofuel production.
Penglin Sun, Loren Honaas, and Dihong Lu have each received a $2,500 Eva J. Pell Endowed Graduate Student Scholarship in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments.
Claude dePamphilis has been selected to receive the 2013 Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Life and Health Sciences.
The international conference, entitled "Cellulose synthesis, structure, matrix interactions and technology," will be held May 16-18, 2013, at University Park, and is being sponsored by the Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation.
The United Nations estimates that one in every seven people around the world is hungry; fortunately, Jonathan Lynch and Kathleen Brown are getting to the root of this problem using Information Technology (IT).
The program is seeking exceptional graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for several $2,500/month National Science Foundation (NSF) GK-12 Fellowships, beginning Aug. 1, 2013.
Peter Hudson, Scott Selleck, David Hughes, Melissa Rolls, Paula Droege, Tracy Langkilde, Phil Bevilacqua, Stephen Schaeffer, and Robert Paulson talk about research that's driving scientific discovery at Penn State.
Dr. Kao was recently awarded the honor by President Erickson for his outstanding record in research, teaching, and service.