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Without this, plants cannot respond to temperature

Research by IIGB members Meng Chen and Xuemei Chen were featured in a recent article by UCR campus news.


We are Power! Jingzhe Guo, a non-lipid specialist in the Dehesh lab was awarded the best post-doctoral presentation prize at the 2023 Gordon Research Conference on Plant Lipids: Structure, Metabolism and Function in Galveston, Texas!

Anad Ray Utilizes Fumes to Deter Pests

Ray finds volatile repellants such as ammonia stuns mosquito ability to smell humans. He also found amine odorants inhibit insect ability to detect humidity.

Meng Chen's NIH-funded Research Discovers 4 Plant Proteins

UCR Published the Following Article by Jules Bernstein on December 21, 2022. For decades, scientists have been stumped by the signals plants send themselves to initiate photosynthesis, the process of turning sunlight into sugars. UC Riverside researchers have now decoded those previously opaque signals. For half a century botanists have known that the command center...

Congratulations Sean Cutler for Election to the National Academy Of Inventors

Fellowship to the National Academy of Inventors is the highest distinction awarded to academic inventors. Distinguished Professor Sean Cutler's research takes a synthetic biology approach to manipulating plant response to drought.

Morris Maduro and Gina Broitman-Maduro Investigate How Worms Develop Their Gut?

C. elegans is a model organism to investigate how genes orchestrate development. Genes studied in C. elegans that specify the gut are missing in other nematodes, how do those intestines get made? Husband-and-wife duo figure out the genetic evolution.

Julia Bailey-Serres recognized on the Clarivate Analytic’s Highly Cited Researchers

On behalf of the IIGB Community & Botany and Plant Sciences Department, we congratulate our colleague Julia Bailey-Serres who been recognized on the Clarivate Analytic’s Highly Cited Researchers list once again this year. Julia is one of six UCR faculty on the list this year. It is truly remarkable that she has been on this...

Dr. Sika Zheng's to Study Mechanisms of Alzheimer's Disease

Dr. Sika Zheng will study neural-specific RNA splicing and dysregulation in Alzheimer's disease funded by a $250,000 NIH grant.

Prue Talbot Investigates the Effects of Thirdhand Smoking on Skin

Thirdhand smoke is the residual tobacco pollutants that remain on surfaces indefinitely. UCR, UCSF, and UCD researchers funded by tobacco research grants published an article outlining the damage of third-hand smoking

UCR Women's Volleyball Emerge Victorious Against UCSD

UCR breaks UCSD's historical win streak in a nail-biting match, winning 3-2.

The Experiences of an Immigrant Distinguished Professor at UCR

Alexander Raikhel is a Distinguished Professor of Entomology and member of the National Academy of Sciences. Learn about his inspiring story of pursuing science despite discrimination and political strife.

Batchelor Hall Renovation to be Completed Aug 2024

The scope of the project includes fire sprinklers, a new roof, expanded card key access, new Botany equipment in room 2163, and backup power. Replacing old infrastructure will bring major upgrades to one of the first buildings on campus.

The Microbes in Mangroves Along The Mexican Coast

Mangroves thrive in extreme environments and can sequester carbon emissions for thousands of years. UC Riverside and UC San Diego microbiologists identify the microbes driving this cycle and how mangroves combat climate change.

Using Pheromones to Control Avocado Weevil Pest

Entomologists and chemists seek to identify and synthesize avocado weevil pheromones as a method of pest control.

Entomologist Allison Hansen Leads Study on New Liberibacter Species

Citrus greening is the primary killer of citrus crop worldwide, caused by the bacteria family Liberibacter. A new species, L. capsica has been identified as genetically similar.

Microbiologists Investigate Pathogenic Dust in The Sierras

Dust carrying pathogens from all over the world land in the Sierra Mountains, and this issue is becoming more prominent as threats of drought increases.

IIGB Scientists Aim to Understand Aspirin Production in Plants

Environmental stresses form reactive oxygen species in organisms and play a part in cell function, but higher doses in plants are lethal. Plants produce salicylic acid, a.k.a. aspirin, to protect chloroplasts.

Switching From Tobacco to E-cigarettes Does Not Reverse Damage to Epithelial Cells

Some studies have suggested e-cigarettes may be a healthier alternative to tobacco smoking, but a study lead by Prue Talbot shows epithelium gene expression does not revert to the same profile as non-smokers.

New Medical School Pathway Program for Inland Empire Colleges

The Inland Empire has one of the lowest ratios of doctors to patients in California. UCR School of Medicine established the Inland Empire Regional Hub for Healthcare Opportunity to create pre-med pathways for local college students.

UCR-Lead Census Reports California Bumble Bees Gone Missing

Bumble bees are an important pollinator withstand cooler temperatures and lower light levels than other bees. Assistant Professor Hollis Woodard lead the first native California bumble bee census since 1980, and only found 68% of species historically known to inhabit the state.
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