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The School of Plant Sciences is a vigorous, cutting-edge, and comprehensive academic unit of the University of Arizona, whose scientists are devoted to the study of plants, the organisms that underpin the survival of terrestrial life. Research programs within the School examine how plants grow, how they respond to their environment, how they evolved, how they can be manipulated, and their fungal, bacterial, and viral interactions. more...

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UPCOMING EVENTS

MST
Tue, 09/15/2015 - 2:00pm
Dr. Benjamin Schwessinger (Seminar)
Application of Basic Science in Plant Defense Engineering
Tue, 09/22/2015 - 4:00pm
(Seminar)
No Seminar
Tue, 09/29/2015 - 4:00pm
Dr. Melissa A. Wilson Sayres (Seminar)
Sex-biased Genomic Evolution
Tue, 10/13/2015 - 4:00pm
Dr. Venkatesan Sundaresan (Seminar)
TBA
Tue, 10/27/2015 - 4:00pm
Dr. Aaron Liston (Seminar)
Evolutionary origins and dynamics of octoploid strawberry subgenomes
Tue, 11/03/2015 - 4:00pm
Dr. Brian Kvitko (Seminar)
How does Plant Immunity Restrict Bacterial Virulence?
Tue, 11/10/2015 - 4:00pm
Dr. Andrew Doust (Seminar)
TBA
Tue, 11/24/2015 - 4:00pm
Dr. Ken Olsen (Seminar)
TBA

Dr. Ricardo Hernandez, a recent graduate of the School of Plant Sciences, started his own enterprise and his company recently won a $100,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant to further innovations in planting, growing and harvesting food crops. Read more at UA News.

Dr. Monica Schmidt and Dr. Eliot Hermon use soybean to both combat worries over GMO and reduce allergens. Read more at Arizona Daily Star and at UA News.

Dr. Mark Beilstein is the winner of the 2014 Undergraduate Biology Research Program Outstanding Mentor award. He was nominated by his students Poorva Rajguru, Jordan Brock, and Ari Meldrum. The award was presented in the 26th Annual UBRP Conference in January 2015. Congratulations, Dr. Beilstein!

Researchers at the School of Plant Sciences are working hard to fight citrus greening, an emerging and deadly disease of citrus fruit. Read more at Arizona Sonoran News

Ricardo Hernández, a postdoctoral scholar at the School of Plant Sciences, was selected as one of the three winners of the 2014 ASHS Young Faculty and Professional Leadership Symposium. The American Society for Horticultural Science provides this award for outstanding postdocs, early career faculty and industry professionals based on the impact of their research, teaching, extension and other scholarly activities. Ricardo’s research is on horticultural LED lighting with focus on the spectral requirements, plant responses and energy use efficiency for vegetable transplants.