The department of Plant and Microbial Biology works to advance knowledge of basic plant and microbial biology. Teaching and research programs in the department cover molecular, biochemical, cellular, developmental, physiological, organismal, ecological, and evolutionary biology of plants, algae and fungi. Here you will find a collection of news, features and opportunities for and about PMB.
Supporters gathered October 12 to celebrate the launch of construction on a new College of Biological Sciences Conservatory. The existing Conservatory will remain open during construction, which is expected to be complete by June 2019.
A central theme in evolutionary biology is that organisms frequently adapt to a variety of environemnts across their ranges. At the same time, it remains poorly understood as to why boundaries to geographic ranges form and remain stable over long periods of time.
A wall display at the new Bell features images taken of plots at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve using spectral diversity of plants to evaluate biodiversity.
There are two absolutes in science: Failure is frequent and inevitable.
“A lot of what you do [day-to-day] in the lab doesn’t work,” says Dr. Katie Fixen, a microbiologist who recently joined the Plant and Microbial Biology Department on the St. Paul campus.
Feng Zhang was born and raised in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province, China’s most populous province. Both math and science came easily to him, so he set his academic sights on genetics, a natural marriage of two passions that would allow him to “solve real problems in the real world.”
Longtime faculty member Peter Tiffin recently stepped into a new role as department head for Plant and Microbial Biology.