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Plant Biology News

The 21st Biennial Penn State Plant Biology Symposium was a four-day event that attracted top scientists from around the world to weave a narrative about the complex and expanding field of phytobiomes
Six Huck Institutes students of notable achievement honored with awards
Use of the powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 could help to breed cacao trees that exhibit desirable traits such as enhanced resistance to diseases, according to Penn State plant scientists.
Penn State will host world-renowned scientists as part of the 21st Penn State Plant Biology Symposium: Wild and Tamed Phytobiomes, set for June 19-22 in the Huck Life Sciences Building on the University Park campus.
Please join us in congratulating Weile Chen (Ecology), Adwitia Dey (Integrative and Biomedical Physiology), Sarah Jefferson (Neuroscience), Yurika Matsui (Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Biosciences), Bastian Minkenberg (Plant Biology), and William Turbitt (Integrative and Biomedical Physiology) on their accomplishments.
Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas P. Jones presented 10 awards to more than 30 graduate students — including Huck Institutes IGDP students Yurika Matsui (MCIBS), Weile Chen (Ecology), Bastian Minkenberg (Plant Biology), and William Turbitt (Integrative and Biomedical Physiology) — in recognition of outstanding achievement during the annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held on April 18 at the Nittany Lion Inn.
President Eric Barron's letter to the University community
Attention Huck Institutes Intercollege Graduate Degree Program (IGDP) chairs and faculty: The Huck Institutes is seeking nominations for exceptional graduate students to be highlighted on the Huck Institutes website and social media.
Ming-Yang Ho, a student in the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Plant Biology, is this year’s recipient of the Paul Berg Prize in Molecular Biology. It is awarded to an outstanding graduate student by the Eberly College of Science each year.
Over the past two years, the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, with the assistance of members of Penn State’s Industrial/Organizational Psychology program, has built and implemented a developmental system for graduate students in the Intercollege Graduate Degree Programs (IGDPs) in the life sciences.
Penn State was one of the largest institutional participants from among 212 universities in the latest National Research Council Assessment of Research Doctorate Programs, with 69 Ph.D. programs participating (65 ranked) in 51 different primary and three emerging fields of study.
The National Research Council (NRC) recently released its long-awaited report on the quality of research doctorate programs in the U.S. The report, available at online, confirmed that Penn State has a wealth of outstanding programs that are among the very best in the nation.
The Graduate School at Penn State welcomes 14 new National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipients for the 2016-17 academic year -- among them, Huck Institutes intercollege graduate degree program (IGDP) students Nathan Hepler (Plant Biology), Lila Rieber (Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Biosciences), and David Villalta (Ecology).
Shu Li is getting ready to defend her research and earn a Ph.D. in plant biology, but her reach already goes beyond the lab or classroom.
The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of Huck Graduate Research Innovation (GRI) Grants.
A Penn State-led research team that includes Plant Biology IGDP student Ming-Yang Ho has identified a gene needed to expand light harvesting in photosynthesis into the far-red-light spectrum, providing clues to the development of oxygen-producing photosynthesis, an evolutionary advance that changed the history of life on Earth.
The Huck Institutes is now accepting research proposals from students for the 2016 Huck Graduate Research Innovation (GRI) Grants. The Huck GRI Grants succeed the 2015 Huck Graduate Dissertation Research Grants and 2014 Huck Institutes Graduate Enrichment Awards.
Getting their feet wet in rice paddies, three Asia Rice Foundation USA (ARFUSA) grant winners and other scholars learn how rice is connected to the international community.
The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences is pleased to announce the recipients of the Huck Dissertation Research Grants for 2015.
Plant Biology PhD candidate Ningxiao Li is the recipient of a 2015/2016 Storkan-Hanes-McCaslin Foundation Award.