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Tag: plant and microbial biology

A sandy field of soybeans

Jun 30, 2020

Using Leaf Fungi to Improve Crop Resilience

An NC State team led by Christine Hawkes is identifying beneficial fungi found in five crops to improve disease and drought resistance. 

Seedlings with mutations in genes involved in making a plant growth hormone have curly cotyledons, the first two “leaves” of a plant shoot, or short roots. (Labeled seedlings on black)

Jun 3, 2020

Complementary Mutations: A Rollercoaster of Scientific Discovery

How one genetic mutation could “fix” another. 

Dunaliella saltwater algae

Dec 16, 2019

Salty Algae Leads to Sweet Success

NC State University professor Heike Sederoff started studying saltwater algae more than a decade ago as part of a project to use algae to make biofuel. This research led to a recent paper in the journal Nature and a biofuels patent application. 

Photo of plants with roots.

Dec 6, 2019

‘Conductor’ Gene Found in Plant Root Stem Cell ‘Orchestra’

NC State researchers identify the maestro behind stem cell division in plant roots. 

Photo of two scientists in front of soybean plants

Jul 22, 2019

From the Lab and Greenhouse to Farmers’ Fields

New soybean research with roots in the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative aims to protect the crop from climate change. 

Photo of Amy Grunden in NC State's Phytotron.

Jun 12, 2019

Crop Resilience Is Focus of New Interdisciplinary Research

A new international partnership will examine plant-microbe interactions to make crops more resilient. 

Study co-authors Rika Judd and De-Yu Xie with plants in NC State's Phytotron.

Apr 8, 2019

Study Upends ‘Dogma’ On Malaria Drug Component

An NC State study sheds new light on the availability of a plant component critical for malaria treatment. 

woman standing behind seedlings

Jan 9, 2019

Major Study Sheds Light on Plant Growth

How does your garden grow? It's complicated. 

Microscopy images of plant roots.

Oct 25, 2018

Local Hormone Production is Root of Issue for Plant Development

Study shows local production of a key hormone is required for plant health. 

Photo of tiny bacteriophages taken from lab.

Jul 23, 2018

Intestinal Virus Study Shows Major Changes Associated With Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Study comparing healthy and diseased mouse intestinal tracts shows some unexpected changes in viral communities. 

Sep 20, 2017

Scientists Unravel Mysteries of DNA Replication in Corn

For the first time, scientists have characterized DNA replication for an entire plant genome. 

A survey group collects plant and whitefly samples while talking to a farmer outside Mbeya, Tanzania. Photo credit: Joseph Ndunguru.

Aug 4, 2017

Notes from Tanzania: Reflections from the Field and Next Steps

Scientists, governments and organizations must collaborate to solve the complex problem of cassava mosaic disease. 

Aug 1, 2017

Notes From Tanzania: A Farmer’s Story from the Field

How interviewing farmers can help researchers in their fight against crop disease. 

Jul 19, 2017

Notes from Tanzania: Lessons from the Field

Some lessons learned from a student doing research on crop disease in Tanzania. 

Jul 17, 2017

Tackling Cassava Mosaic Disease: One Week in Tanzania

A student writes about her fieldwork in Tanzania, tackling a crop disease that threatens millions.