Team IDs key to sorghum’s heat resilience, aims to boost corn’s tolerance

A Husker-led team has taken a big step toward identifying the biochemical and genetic basis for the large differences in the ability of corn and sorghum to tolerate environmental extremes.

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All the angles: Automated image processing could aid crop evals

Nebraska’s James Schnable and colleagues have introduced a promising system for measuring a critical factor in photosynthesis and a telltale of water deprivation: leaf angles.

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Cahoon, Kellas, Stroup collect top NU honors

Faculty Ed Cahoon, Jody Koenig Kellas and Walter Stroup are among winners of the University of Nebraska system’s most prestigious awards for research, creative activity, teaching and engagement.The honors were announced Feb. 28.

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Obituary | James “Jim” R. Alfano

James “Jim” Robert Alfano, 56, Charles Bessey Professor of plant pathology, died Nov. 21 following a battle with cancer.

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Fascination of Plants Day is May 18

Fascination of Plants Day, hosted by the Center for Plant Science Innovation and Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, will be 2 to 5 p.m. May 18 in Maxwell Arboretum.

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Wholesale or piecemeal? NSF-funded study seeks genetic insights

Welcome to Pocket Science: a glimpse at recent research from Husker scientists and engineers. For those who want to quickly learn the “What,” “So what” and “Now what” of Husker research.

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International team makes rare discovery of new fatty acids

Decades after scientists discovered hundreds of different fatty acids in vegetable oils, two that had managed to elude detection have finally revealed themselves to a team led by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Huazhong Agricultural University in China.

Named for the sites of the two leading institutions, Nebraskanic acid and Wuhanic acid make up nearly half of the seed oil found in the Chinese violet cress, a flowering plant native to central China.

According to the research team, the discovery may be the first of its kind since the 1960s and 1970s, when biochemists identified troves of new fatty acids in various vegetable oils.

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Nebraska's Center for Plant Science Innovation is transforming agriculture

While it was built on a foundation of basic plant science, research at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Center for Plant Science is anything but basic.

Faculty in the center are making discoveries in areas of metabolic biochemistry, stress biology, and genetics and epigenetics. While the science is groundbreaking, Edgar Cahoon, director of the center, believes the ability to bring findings to the field is what makes the work unique.

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Nebraska-led research explores solutions to vitamin deficiency in Africa

Key findings in a decade-long research project led by Nebraska’s Edgar Cahoon may result in solutions to sub-Saharan Africa’s challenge with vitamin A deficiency.

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Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for Oct. 20

Recent accomplishments received by the campus community were earned by Edgar Cahoon, Sara Duke, Dan Duncan, Rachel Gordon, Tyler Howell, Bailea Kerr, Ben Kunz, Mallory Lane, Kylie Miller, Rosamond Thalken and Mallory Wallace.

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