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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Tue, 04/22/2014 - 4:00pm
Dr. Sharon Long (Seminar)
Regulation of Sinorhizobium Symbiosis Genes During Host Plant Invasion
Fri, 04/25/2014 - 3:00pm
Dr. Dario Copetti (Seminar)
The Dark Side of the Genome
Tue, 05/06/2014 - 4:00pm
Dr. Mel Oliver (Seminar)
Drought Tolerance

Philipp von Bieberstein, a Plant Sciences undergraduate, has been working on how to grow Withania somnifera, a member of tomato family containing a potentially anti -tumor chemical. The experience and skills he has acquired in his independent research project “are something that I would have never learned in a normal classroom", according to Philipp. Read more at UA News.

Conner Mog, a student in the School of Plant Sciences majoring in Sustainable Plant Systems with a focus on Agronomy, participated in an internship for Ocean Mist Farms in Castroville, California this past summer. Conner, advised by Dr. Tanya Quist, spent an entire summer at the artichoke and celery fields working with the Trial Manager to find new and improved crop varieties needed to replace current cultivars.

Introductory Plant Sciences: Investigating the Green World introduces the reader to the dynamic world of plant science. The book is co-authored by Cynthia McKenney, Ursula Schuch, Professor in the UA School of Plant Sciences, and Amanda Chau. Read the book highlights and chapter list at kendallhunt.com.

Dr. Chieri Kubota is working on ways to grow hydroponic strawberry in the Desert Southwest. Strawberry can be a winter crop in Arizona greenhouses but more research is needed. Her research group is one of the 18 awardees of the National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative Grant Program, funded by the Walmart Foundation. More information can be found on UA News and KOLD Channel 13, or Dr. Kubota’s project website.

The Fane and Rossmann groups (U. of A. and Purdue University, respectively) solved the first atomic structure of a virally encoded, DNA translocating conduit. Ten copies of the øX174 DNA pilot protein form a 170 angstrom long, alpha-helical tube with biophysical properties ideal for genome transport. Upon cell contact, the conduit emerges from the virus. After DNA delivery, the conduit dissociates within the cell wall. Thus, this structure is highly ephemeral. Read more in Nature and on UA News.