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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, 09/02/2014 - 4:00pm
Drs. Baltrus, Brown, Mosher,Wing (Seminar)
School of Plant Sciences Research Overview
Tue, 09/09/2014 - 4:00pm
Dr. Ramin Yadegari (Seminar)
Gene Regulatory Networks Controlling Maize Endosperm Development
Tue, 10/21/2014 - 4:00pm
Dr. Bonnie Hurwitz (Seminar)
iMicrobe: Extending the iPlant Cyberinfrastructure for Microbial Ecology
Sun, 11/16/2014 - 8:00am to Wed, 11/19/2014 - 5:00pm
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12th International Symposium on Rice Functional Genomics

Please join us in Tucson, Arizona (November 16-19, 2014) for an exciting event where researchers from around the world will meet to present and discuss their latest findings as we work together to find sustainable solutions to help feed the world. For more information, please visit http://www.isrfg12-tucson.org/.

Dr. Rod Wing and his colleagues decoded and published the genome of African rice (Oryza glaberrima) in Nature Genetics on July 27, 2014. African rice was domesticated in West Africa ~3000 years ago, independently of Asian rice that was domesticated 7,000 years earlier. African rice offers a new set of genes that can be used to improve Asian rice as the world braces itself for more than 2 billion new human inhabitants by 2050. Read the full story at UA News.

Dr. Mohammad Pessarakli was featured on the Monthly Spotlight by the University of Arizona Appointed Professionals Advisory Council (APAC). Mohammad has been with the School of Plant Sciences for more than 30 years, teaching and working on the impact of drought and salinity stress on plants and turf grasses. Visit the APAC web site to read the featured story on Dr. Pessarakli.

The University of Arizona Campus Arboretum was recently highlighted in a segment of AZ Illustrated Nature broadcast by the Arizona Public Media. The Campus Arboretum, directed by Dr. Tanya Quist, has nearly 9,000 woody plants and cacti, representing more than 550 species from six continents. The video and the accompanied story can be found on AZPM.

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.