The Dinneny lab at the Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution for Science is mobilizing a fundraiser for the victims of the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico on Sept 19, 2017. Donations can be made through the following youcaring link. Here are some words from Dinneny lab's Cesar Cuevas-Velazquez: On Tuesday, Sept.19, 2017, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit the state of Morelos in Mexico, strongly impacting several...

Palo Alto, CA— The red algae called Porphyra and its ancestors have thrived for millions of years in the harsh habitat of the intertidal zone—exposed to fluctuating temperatures, high UV radiation, severe salt stress, and desiccation. Red algae comprise some of the oldest non-bacterial photosynthetic organisms on Earth, and one of the most-ancient of all multicellular lineages. They are also fundamentally integrated into human culture...

Palo Alto, CA— Algae dominate the oceans that cover nearly three-quarters of our planet, and produce half of the oxygen that we breathe. And yet fewer than 10 percent of the algae have been formally described in the scientific literature, as noted in a new review co-authored by Carnegie’s Arthur Grossman in Trends in Plant Science. Algae are everywhere. They are part of crusts on desert surfaces and form massive blooms in lakes and oceans....

Ten pioneering postdoctoral scientists from Latin America will each be awarded two years of funding to conduct research at laboratories and academic institutions in the United States. The 2017 fellows are from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico. Among the selected fellows is Cesar Cuevas-Velasquez from the Dinneny Lab:  "The Dinneny lab explores the molecular mechanisms through which plants detect and acclimate to...

Stanford, CA—Plants are stationary. This means that the way they grow must be highly internally regulated to use the surrounding resources in the most-advantageous way possible. Just imagine if you were stuck in one spot and had to strategize to keep getting water and nutrients from the ground beneath your feet and sunlight on your skin. That’s how plants live! Luckily for them, plants have a complex system of hormones that guide their...