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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.

Connecting the Dots

New faculty member Ya Yang uses plant specimens and computation to find unusual connections between plants.

Ya Yang

What do sugar beets and cacti have in common?

Big Insights From Blind Fish

Grand Challenges team integrates genomic techniques to reveal mechanisms of adaptation in Mexican cave fish populations.

Peter Tiffin, Courtney Passow, Suzanne McGaugh

From left: Peter Tiffin, Courtney Passow, Suzanne McGaugh

CBS People: Angie Koebler

New to the College of Biological Sciences, this staffer delights in discovery


Angie KoeblerWhat do you do here?

I am the Conservatory Services Coordinator at the CBS Conservatory in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology.

How long have you been at the U?

About three weeks.

University Announces Grand Challenges Grants

CBS faculty among the recipients of the new interdisciplinary research grants

The first round of University of Minnesota Grand Challenges Research grants, totaling $3.6 million, were awarded to 29 teams of faculty from across the Twin Cities campus. The research collaborations address the University's five interrelated Grand Challenges areas of special focus, with one integrative initiative spanning multiple areas. Areas of focus include:

Getting to the Y

This Grand Challenges in Biology research team looks to develop a clearer picture of sex chromosome evolution, key to a better understanding of chromosomal disorders.
 

Brandvain, Zarkower, Blackmon
From left: Yaniv Brandvain, David Zarkower, Heath Blackmon

Plant Immunity Gene Discovery Directed Research

Do you want to research in biology, but can't commit to many hours? Consider doing directed research in plant immunity gene discovery with Dr. Fumi Katagiri this semester. In PBio 4994 Directed Research, you can earn two credits. You can help discover plant genes that are important in immunity by exploring natural variation in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. The team hopes to have 10 to 15 students working together.

Predicting Species’ Potential

How far and fast will invasive species extend their reach into the state? CBS researchers are developing distribution models to help planners pinpoint likely hotspots.
 

David Moeller's lab members

Dave Moeller (right) and members of his research lab.