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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...
Washington, D.C.--Plant Biology postdoctoral research associate since 2012, Jia-Ying Zhu was awarded the sixth PIE award for her creativity, productivity, being a great team player in research, “and also an active and caring member of the Carnegie Department of Plant Biology (DPB) community.” The Postdoctoral Innovation and Excellence Awards are made through nominations from the department directors and chosen by the Office of the President....
Stanford, CA—(May 18th, 2017) Middle School students from the Children's Day School in San Francisco will spend the afternoon with plants learning about how they shape our past, present, and the future. Students will meet Teosinte, a wild grass thought to be the ancestor of Maize. A hands-on demonstration by Margaret Bezrutczyk will reveal how maize was domesticated. Heike Lindner and Jacob Moe-Lange will use interactive methods to...
Stanford, CA—Recently, Heike Lindner, Ximena Anleu Gil and Therese Suren LaRue led a group of 15 high school girls from around the country for a tour of Carnegie Science labs. The students loved meeting Heike, Ying and Threse, touring the work space, hearing about their research and their career paths. The GAINS Network is a school-based virtual community for high school girls interested in STEM topics. It is a place where high school girls...
Impact factor is often used as a metric to rank the quality or importance of various scientific journals. However, this has led to judging the quality of scientific research based on where it is published, rather than what the studies themselves show. The journal eLife has called for a stop to promoting impact factor in order to curb this trend. Neil E. Robbins II, a graduate student in Jose Dinneny's lab, begins a discussion on this through...
Palo Alto, CA—New work from a joint team of plant biologists and ecologists from Carnegie and Stanford University has uncovered the factor behind an important innovation that makes grasses—both the kind that make up native prairies and the kind we’ve domesticated for crops—among the most-common and widespread plants on the planet. Their findings may enable the production of plants that perform better in warmer and dryer climate conditions, and...