Center for Plant Biology

Addressing important fundamental questions in plant biology

Ancient iron-sulfur-based mechanism monitors electron flow in photosynthesis

Scientists know that a particular protein is responsible for regulating gene expression of photosystems in response to perturbations in photosynthetic electron flow, but how it senses the electrons has been an unresolved question. Purdue University scientists Sujith Puthiyaveetil and Iskander Ibrahim believe they have the answer.


Purdue scientist sending tomatoes into space to study plant defense

Purdue University’s Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi aims to improve the odds of successful crops with a recently awarded NASA grant to understand the effects of spaceflight and simulated microgravity on plant defense responses.

Purdue scientists show how soybeans may get more nitrogen from atmosphere

Jianxin Ma, a professor in Purdue University's Department of Agronomy, and colleagues report a potential method for increasing nodule formation based on discoveries tied to the RNA in rhizobia, soil-borne bacteria essential to root nodule formation.


Ag scientist next in line to continue decades-long forest research

Gordon McNickle uses game theory to understand forest dynamics, from the ways in which a single plant might compete against its neighbors for resources to the complex interactions among hundreds or thousands of plants in an ecosystem.

CPB faculty host summer interns from Colombia

Seven students from Icesi University in Cali, Colombia, worked in the labs of CPB researchers this summer in internships that may lead to longer Purdue experiences.


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