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Nina Bassuk

Horticulture Section, School of Integrative Plant Science
Urban trees and soils, plant propagation, woody plants inn the landscape. HortiUrban Tree selection, evaluation and propagation. Urban soil remediation. Propagation of difficult to root woody plants, Transplanting research.Sustainable landscape practices.culture learn more

Thomas Björkman

Horticulture
Two biological questions are addressed. How does temperature regulate reproductive development in the massive inflorescence of broccoli? How do cover crops’ roots alter the rhizosphere to improve soil health and improve the sustainability of vegetable production?  learn more

Bernd Blossey

Natural Resources
impact of invasive plants on native flora and fauna, biological control of non-indigenous plant species in natural areas, plant-insect interactions, and invasion and conservation biology learn more

Thomas Brutnell

Boyce Thompson Institute
we are developing a genetic system that will enable researchers to disrupt any gene in the maize genome. learn more

Edward Buckler

Institute for Genomic Diversity
Our lab uses functional genomic approaches to dissect complex traits in maize, biofuel grasses, and grapes. We exploit the natural diversity of these plant genomes to identify the individual nucleotides responsible for complex (quantitative) variation. learn more

Sam Cartinhour

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
We study gene expression in Pseudomonas syringae, a bacterial plant pathogen. We are interested in how the invading microbe detects the plant, responds to plant defenses and overcomes them, and harvests plant resources. learn more

Carmen Catala

School of Integrative Plant Science, Section of Plant Biology
Investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying fruit set and development. Fruit development is a crucial process in the sexual reproduction of flowering plants and of critical importance for seed dispersal, plant fitness and agricultural yield. learn more

Itai Cohen

Physics
My lab is obsessed with motion on different length scales, from the cellular behavior of bacteria and the growth of plant roots, to the flight of insects, the dancing of human beings, and even the collective motion of people in mosh pits formed at heavy metal concerts. learn more

Peter Cousins

Horticulture
Grape breeding and genetics, plant growth and development, plant pathology, plant resistance to pathogens, nematology, horticulture, viticulture. Students will be screening grapevine seedlings for genetics of growth and development or plant resistance to pathogens studies; growing grapevines in a greenhouse. learn more

Antonio DiTommaso

Crop and Soil Sciences
Weed biology/ecology and population dynamics, weed seed biology, biological weed control using pathogens and insects, biology of invasive weeds in cropland and natural areas, integrated weed management, restoration ecology. learn more

Jeff Doyle

Plant Biology / Plant Breeding and Genetics
Comparative genomics, molecular systematics, and evolution. Much research in the lab focuses on polyploidy (whole genome duplication), with studies ranging from identifying origins of polyploids to understanding the physiological, ecological, genetic, and genomic consequences of polyploidy. learn more

Laurie Drinkwater

Horticulture
Biological soil processes in intensive annual cropping systems, emphasizing mechanisms that control soil organic matter dynamics, interactions between soil biology and soil structure and biologically-driven nutrient cycling. learn more

Susheng Gan

Horticulture
My research focuses on molecular regulatory mechanisms of plant senescence and dimensional control of gene expression in plants. This research has implications on the yields of certain crops and their storage after harvest. learn more

Maria A Gandolfo Nixon

Plant Biology
My research is focused on Cretaceous and Tertiary floras of North and South America with emphasis on evolution aspects of the flowering plants. Up today, I am collaborating with Drs. Crepet and Nixon in the taxonomy of one of the richest paleofloras of Turonian age known as the "Raritan Paleoflora". learn more

Monica Geber

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Plant ecology and evolutionary biology. Limits on adaptive evolution. learn more

James Giovannoni

Plant Biology
Molecular and genetic analysis of fruit ripening and related signal transduction systems learn more

Michael Gore

Plant Breeding and Genetics
Our lab uses quantitative genetic and genomic approaches in combination with analytical chemistry and remote sensing technologies to elucidate the genetic basis of complex trait variation in maize (dent and sweet corn), cotton, industrial rapeseed (Brassica napus L.), and guayule. learn more

Stewart Gray

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
My research program focuses on understanding the relationships between plant viruses and their insect vectors. Specifically we work on luteoviruses and their aphid vectors. Research projects range from the mechanisms of aphid-virus interactions to epidemiology and disease management strategies. learn more

Phillip Griffiths

Horticulture
Vegetable breeding and genetics, international horticulture, niche-market crops learn more

Rayko Halitschke

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
As a Research Associate in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology I am interested in the mechanisms of herbivore-induced responses in several different plant species including wild tomato and tobacco, milkweed, and goldenrod. learn more

Maria Harrison

Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research
Molecular, genetic, genomic and cellular analyses of endosymbiotic associations of plants and fungi, exocytosis and membrane trafficking in plant cells, symbiotic phosphate and nitrogen transporters, phosphate sensors and phosphate sensing, hormone signaling in symbiosis, transcriptional regulation of symbiotic gene expression, microbial interac learn more

Jian Hua

Plant Biology
We are interested in how plants respond and adapt to environment at the molecular level. One approach we take is to assay natural variations in environmental responses (such as heat tolerance) and uncover the genetic basis for such variation. learn more

Georg Jander

Boyce Thompson Institute, Department of Plant Biology
The Jander lab uses genetic, genomic, biochemical and molecular approaches to study plant interactions with insect herbivores. learn more

Melissa Luckow

Plant Biology
Phylogeny of flowering plants; legume systematics; cultivated-plant families learn more

Gregory Martin

Boyce Thompson Institute / Plant Pathology & Plant
Mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis and plant immunity. Evolution of pathogen virulence genes and plant disease resistance genes. Application of knowledge to plant breeding (molecular breeding and genetic engineering). learn more

Susan McCouch

Plant Breeding and Genetics
Development and application of high-resolution molecular mapping strategies for rice; comparative grass genome analysis; isolation of agriculturally important genes learn more

Bill Miller

Horticulture
We have a variety of projects ranging from practical "near market" research involving greenhouse crop production problems to laboratory-based programs involving carbohydrate metabolism, respiration, ethylene and flower senescence, etc. learn more

Charles Mohler

Crop and Soil Sciences
My research focuses on the ecology of agricultural weeds and application of an understanding of weed biology to weed management in organic cropping systems. learn more

Lukas Mueller

June Nasrallah

Plant Biology
CePlant reproduction, Self-incompatibility, Receptor-ligand interactions, Cell-cell signalingll-Cell Interactions in Plants learn more

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