Stanford, CA—Roots face many challenges in the soil in order to supply the plant with the necessary water and nutrients. New work from Carnegie and Stanford University’s José Dinneny shows that one of these challenges, salinity, can cause root cells to explode if the risk is not properly sensed. The findings, published by Current Biology, could help scientists improve agricultural productivity in saline soils, which occur across the globe and...

A Celebration of 66 Years of Photobiology Research: Winslow Briggs has been conducting and publishing research for 66 years, right up to the present day (he is presently growing and measuring fava bean plants in the greenhouse). His incomparable career has been highlighted by many seminal discoveries. These include the demonstration that light regulates auxin transport in phototropism (the bending of plants toward light), the discovery of...

Washington, DC— Without eyes, ears, or a central nervous system, plants can perceive the direction of environmental cues and respond to ensure their survival. For example, roots need to extend through the maze of nooks and crannies in the soil toward sources of water and nutrients. The various ways that plants guide this branching to take advantage of their environment is of great interest to scientists and of potential use by farmers in...

Science News magazine has selected José Dinneny, of Carnegie’s Department of Plant Biology, as one of ten young scientists to watch in 2017. The researchers were selected because they are likely to make big discoveries. The investigators are spotlighted in the October 14 edition of Science News available online today at www.sciencenews.org/SN10. Dinneny looks at the mechanisms plants use to sense water availability and survive stressful...

Stanford, CA— Carnegie Plant Biology Acting Director Sue Rhee and staff scientist José Dinneny and their labs are part of a research effort led by The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, one of the world’s largest independent plant science institutes, which today announced a 5-year, $16 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. Building on earlier research using the often-studied model grass called green foxtail (Setaria viridis...