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Stanford, CA—Inside every plant cell, a cytoskeleton provides an interior scaffolding to direct construction of the cell’s walls, and thus the growth of the organism as a whole. Environmental and hormonal signals that modulate cell growth cause reorganization of this scaffolding. New research led by Carnegie’s David Ehrhardt provides surprising evidence as to how this reorganization process works, with important evidence as to how the...
On Nov 2nd, we held a symposium honoring Dr. Winslow Briggs, the staff member and former Director of the department of Biology here on our campus in Stanford. The symposium was attended by distinguished international speakers, who gave keynote presentations. The presentations focused on light perception and signaling in plants, honoring the fundamental discoveries made by Dr. Briggs, who continues to carry out important scientific research...

The Carnegie Institution for Science Department of Plant Biology is hosting it's first retreat in 9 years at the Tresidder Oak Room on Stanford campus November 1st from 9AM-8PM. The event will include a poster session, vision talks from all plant faculty and keynote addresses from Alexander Jones of the Frommer lab and Winslow Briggs, Emeritus director of the department.

The recently published article “Motility Enhancement through Surface Modification Is Sufficient for Cyanobacterial Community Organization during Phototaxis.” by Ursell et al. was featured on the cover of the September issue of PLoS Comput Biol. The research represents an ongoing collaboration between the groups of Devaki Bhaya, at the Carnegie Institution and Dr. K.C. Huang, Department of Bioengineering, Stanford. Dr. Bhaya has extensively...
Washington, D.C.— Postdoctoral fellow, Rubén Rellán-Álvarez at the Department of Plant Biology has been awarded the prestigious Marschner Young Scientist Award by the International Plant Nutrition Colloquium. The award was established for “outstanding Ph.D. students and early-career researchers with the potential to become future research leaders.”   Rellán -Álvarez received his...
Stanford, CA— Coral reefs are tremendously important for ocean biodiversity, as well as for the economic and aesthetic value they provide to their surrounding communities. Unfortunately they have been in great decline in recent years, much of it due to the effects of global climate change. One such effect, called bleaching, occurs when the symbiotic algae that are essential for providing nutrients to the coral either lose their...
Washington, D.C. --The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR), a database of genetic and molecular biology data for the laboratory plant Arabidopsis thaliana, is one of the most widely used plant databases in the world. Some 60,000 scientists visit the site and view over 1,000,000 pages per month, and usage continues to climb. Funding from the National Science Foundation is ending soon and the program will begin transitioning to a subscription...

Richard Jorgensen, one of the ‘quiet pioneers’, who found that overexpression of a gene can surprisingly lead to gene silencing, and who coined the term ‘cosuppression’, joined our department as Adjunct Staff Member and Advancement Consultant.

Fascination of Plants Day is an international celebration of plants and plant research. The Department of Plant Biology hosted students from the East Palo Alto Academy (EPASA), an outreach program for 7th and 8th graders run by the Stanford Science in Service Program. Kelly Beck and Theresa Metz from Stanford worked with Jose Dinneny at DPB to organize an event centered on revealing the fascinating biology of plants using various microscopy...