The Center for Plant Science Innovation (PSI) is an interdisciplinary research and training program in the basic plant sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Outstanding research facilities and an interdisciplinary graduate program complement an excellent group of faculty with research strengths in several areas of plant biology research.
Faculty research emphases include
plant-microbe interactions, plant signaling and organellar biology, abiotic and biotic stress responses, and genomics/proteomics. The plant research community at UNL allows for a host of productive collaborations and outstanding postdoctoral opportunities. These include plant breeding programs that incorporate modern technologies for crop improvement, an excellent ecology and evolution group that integrates an understanding of plant function to their natural environment, and an array of faculty investigating the food safety, environmental impact, and economic implications of agricultural biotechnology.
Schachtman to head Center for Biotechnology
(June 2014) Daniel Schachtman, professor of agronomy and horticulture, is the new director of UNL’s Center for Biotechnology. Schachtman’s appointment is effective July 1. He succeeds Deb Hamernik, associate dean of IANR’s Agricultural Research Division, who served as interim director since July 1, 2013.
New publication by Basset in The Plant Cell
(May 2014) The Origin and Biosynthesis of the Benzenoid Moiety of Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q) in Arabidopsis. Anna Block, Joshua R. Widhalm, Abdelhak Fatihi, Rebecca E. Cahoon, Yashitola Wamboldt, Christian Elowsky, Sally A. Mackenzie, Edgar B. Cahoon, Clint Chapple, Natalia Dudareva and Gilles J. Basset. Published online before print May 2014, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1105/tpc.114.125807 The Plant Cell May 2014 tpc.114.125807.
Bin Yu Lab reports more microRNA clues.
(April 2014) Tiny molecules called microRNAs are powerful agents in regulating gene expression, but the mechanisms that regulate them aren’t well understood. UNL plant scientist Bin Yu and his team have uncovered important clues about how plant cells control microRNA function, a step toward better understanding crop development and stress response.
Weeks receives the Outstanding Research and Creative Activity award.
(April 2014) Donald Weeks has received the Outstanding Research and Creativity Activity award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The ORCA recognizes faculty for outstanding research or creative activity of national or international significance.