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The Purdue Center for Plant Biology (CPB) is an interdepartmental alliance of faculty who share an interest in basic plant biology research and are committed to enhancing graduate training in plant sciences. The focus of the Center is basic plant science, which we define as research that aims to provide a clearer understanding of processes that impact the biology of plants, irrespective of future application.

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Top Research

Top Research

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Plant physiology student wins Fulbright to study triggers of leaf senescence at his advisor’s alma mater

Cade Kane, a PhD candidate in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, will use a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) to study the effects of climate change on deciduous forests. But even while he’s on the island...

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Plant scientists maintain critical research to save data and irreplaceable plants

The College of Agriculture accounted for more than a third of Purdue researchers who asked for...

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Can renewable energy really replace fossil fuels?

As global temperatures and energy demand rise simultaneously, the search for sustainable fuel...

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Purdue study finds signal cascade that keeps plant stem cells active

Pools of stem cells in the apical meristems of plants are key to continued growth and...

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The Silent Work of Forests

Dr. Gordon McNickle's lab works to determine why certain plants are thriving, the unseen...

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Graduate Ag Research Spotlight: Rachel McCoy

Rachel is a current PhD Candidate in Dr. Joshua Widhalm's lab within the Center for Plant...

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

Scientists know that a particular protein is responsible for regulating gene expression of...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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CPB faculty host summer interns from Colombia

Seven students from Icesi University in Cali, Colombia, worked in the labs of CPB researchers...

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