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How detecting light in the water affects how much food cyanobacteria get
How detecting light in the water affects how much food cyanobacteria get
February 15, 2018

Scientists have linked how water-dwelling bacteria monitor light wavelengths in their surroundings with their capacity to do photosynthesis. The research has medical/biofuels implications.

Tags: fundamental research, Montgomery lab
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SP1 protein interacts with three energy-related cellular organelles
SP1 protein interacts with three energy-related cellular organelles
February 5, 2018

The protein, which helps to construct peroxisomes, also interacts with chloroplasts and mitochondria. The organelles are important for generating and managing plant energy supplies.

Tags: Hu lab, fundamental research
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Reviewing photosynthesis in dynamic conditions: Photosystem I as a guard
Reviewing photosynthesis in dynamic conditions: Photosystem I as a guard
January 22, 2018

The fundamental protein complex potentially guards plants from high light and ageing effects. This new observation could change how we view photosynthesis.

Tags: John Froehlich, fundamental research
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Growing a garden in space
Growing a garden in space
December 19, 2017

Scientists are studying how plants adapt to space environments. The NASA funded research aims to help us grow fresh produce beyond the planet Earth.

Tags: future scientists, fundamental research, Brandizzi lab
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How plants 'muscle up' as they prep for the cold
How plants 'muscle up' as they prep for the cold
December 7, 2017

A protein that helps plants prepare for the cold also helps them beef up for bacterial attacks, as a precautionary measure.

Tags: fundamental research, Thomashow lab
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Fighting plant disease at warm temperatures keeps food on the table [VIDEO]
Fighting plant disease at warm temperatures keeps food on the table [VIDEO]
November 27, 2017

The Nature Communications study shows how high temperature weakens plant defenses while, separately, strengthening bacterial attacks.

Tags: He lab, fundamental research
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How to build artificial nanofactories to power our futures: Logistics
How to build artificial nanofactories to power our futures: Logistics
October 31, 2017

A peek into the logistics of how bacterial nanofactories move electrons, towards creating chemical products. Future apps include renewable energy and medical tools.

Tags: Kerfeld lab, fundamental research
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Taking the brakes off plant production: not so good after all
Taking the brakes off plant production: not so good after all
October 10, 2017

When engineers want to speed up a system, they look for the slowest steps and make them faster. In plants, this approach potentially does more harm than good, says the Kramer lab.

Tags: Kramer lab, fundamental research
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Identifying a new family of light-responsive proteins
Identifying a new family of light-responsive proteins
October 2, 2017

The new family of proteins protects cyanobacteria from sunlight damage, and they are interesting for use in synthetic medical or renewable energy applications.

Tags: Kerfeld lab, Montgomery lab, fundamental research
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Turning the evolutionary clock back on a light-sensitive protein
Turning the evolutionary clock back on a light-sensitive protein
September 19, 2017

Scientists show how the two OCP parts interact and also create new synthetic versions of that protein. The goal is to use it in synthetic healthcare systems, powered by light.

Tags: Kerfeld lab, fundamental research
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Protecting plants from the power of sunlight
Protecting plants from the power of sunlight
July 13, 2017

Plants, like us, don’t like too much sunlight. The Kramer lab has figured a way to better measure how plants respond to excessive exposure, and the information might help us create more resilient plants.

Tags: Kramer lab, fundamental research
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The ref and the fighter: two sides of plant defense
The ref and the fighter: two sides of plant defense
July 5, 2017

The Howe lab delves into how defense genes do more than just fight. They also tangle with growth functions.

Tags: Howe lab, fundamental research
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How to build an artificial nano-factory to power our futures
How to build an artificial nano-factory to power our futures
June 14, 2017

The Kerfeld lab has analyzed over 200 sets of cyanobacteria DNA. This knowledge is getting us closer to understanding how to build synthetic factories that will someday produce green fuels or products used to diagnose diseases.

Tags: Kerfeld lab, fundamental research
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Growing pains and how that might affect seed quality
Growing pains and how that might affect seed quality
May 16, 2017

The Brandizzi lab is showing how extreme heat negatively impacts seed quality in plants targeted for producing biofuels.

Tags: Brandizzi lab, fundamental research
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Looking deeper into peroxisome proliferation
Looking deeper into peroxisome proliferation
May 2, 2017

The Hu lab has identified a new protein that helps control how little cellular factories, called peroxisomes, divide and proliferate.

Tags: Hu lab, fundamental research
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A thousand tales of plant defense
A thousand tales of plant defense
April 25, 2017

The He lab has completed an unprecedented study of over 1000 plant varieties to tease out their major defense systems against bacteria.

Tags: He lab, fundamental research
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Unpacking a new bacterial mini-factory
Unpacking a new bacterial mini-factory
March 30, 2017

The new compartment, widely spread among different kinds of bacteria, might be reassembled to someday sustainably produce “green” chemicals, medicines, and renewable energy.

Tags: Kerfeld lab, fundamental research
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Growth-defense gene pulls many strings in plant cell factories
Growth-defense gene pulls many strings in plant cell factories
February 7, 2017

The Brandizzi lab has demonstrated how one master gene fine-tunes how massive protein factories in plant cells allocate resources to growth and defense functions.

Tags: Brandizzi lab, fundamental research
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Investing in cell wall growth for improved photosynthesis
Investing in cell wall growth for improved photosynthesis
January 24, 2017

Changes in leaf cell wall make-up can dramatically affect how large or thick leaves grow. This knowledge may help improve how crops intercept light and exchange gas with the atmosphere.

Tags: Brandizzi lab, Sharkey lab, fundamental research
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Scratching the genetic surface of poisonous mushrooms
Scratching the genetic surface of poisonous mushrooms
January 17, 2017

The Walton lab has sequenced the genomes of two species of poisonous Amanita mushrooms, with an eye towards harnessing them for medicinal and biological uses.

Tags: Walton lab, fundamental research
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