We congratulate Daniel N. Anstett, Stephanie Schmiege and Brittni Kelley, the first Plant Resilience Institute Fellows. These post-doctoral fellows were selected on the basis of their excellence and breadth of approach to issues of plant resilience. Each Fellow will be associated with more than one lab and will develop independent projects studying plant resilience.
PRI member Addie Thompson recently received a Bayer Grants4Ag $10,000 award to help farmers detect tar spot, a disease found in maize crops. Using drones equipped with remote sensing technology in the air and taking smartphone images on the ground, her research team is able to more quickly detect, predict and quantify spots.
As climate change threatens global food security, PRI member and University Distinguished Professor Dr. Robin Buell is building better beans crucial to human nutrition by tapping into the genetics of the more heat-resistant tepary bean.
A new study from the lab of interim PRI director Thomas Sharkey, finds that the activity levels of the carbon metabolism protein, G6PDH, are related to decreased production of pollen in bean flowers. As global temperatures rise, some bean crops, including Michigan-grown varieties, might be more sensitive to higher heat levels.
A new study from the Walker lab, in collaboration with Thomas Sharkey, is shedding light on how plants could potentially become more efficient at photosynthesis. The long-term implications of this research range from improved agricultural productivity to predicting the effects of climate change. The study is published in the journal Plant Physiology.