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Q&A With Dr. David Lo on Vaccines for Young Children

The CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 6 months. Dr. David Lo is a distinguished professor of biomedical sciences and Senior Associate Dean of research at UC Riverside's School of Medicine. In this Q&A, Dr. Lo answers questions people may have about vaccinating young children.

California Citrus Clonal Protection Program Preserve The Oldest Living Orange Tree In The State

Citrus sinensis, dubbed the Sweet Mother Orange Tree, is the oldest living orange variety in California. California Citrus Clonal Protection Program at UCR received this as a budwood in 1925 and successfully cloned in 2003. After vigorous testing for diseases, the variety is now being propagated at UCR and protected for future generations.

UC Riverside Researchers Develop Biosensors From Plant Hormone Receptors

ABA is a hormone plants produce during dry spells to signal water retention. In collaboration with other institutions, UC Riverside scientists have modified this system pathway to design a biosensor to signal the presence of diverse chemical classes, including synthetic cannabinoids.

Naoki Yamanaka Discovers Insect Molting Hormone Transporter Is Missing In Mosquitos

Ecdysone is a major insect molting hormone that requires a transporter to enter cells. Fruit flies and other arthropods have EcI, a highly conserved transporter that is missing in mosquitos. This opens avenues for controlling mosquito populations.

Theodore Garland Lab Demonstrate How Antibiotics Affect Running Performance In Mice

Lack of exercise is known to be a risk factor for mental and physical health. Researchers investigate how antibiotics that kill essential bacteria in the gut microbiome affect athletic performance.

Scientists Demonstrate Efficient CRISPR Modification of Glassy-Winged Sharpshooters

Glassy-winged sharpshooters are common vectors of Xylella fastidiosa bacteria that causes Pierce's disease in vineyards. As these insects develop resistance to pesticides, biotechnology and genetic engineering methods are being explored.

UCR Genomics Core assists state with COVID variant tracking

The UCR Genomics Core is helping California's Department of Public Health with identifying COVID variants.

Hailing Jin & Anand Ray Recognized by National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) have elected IIGB researchers, Hailing Jin and Anandasankar Ray, as senior members of the academy. Dr. Hailing Jin is currently Professor and Cy Mouradick Endowed Chair within the department of microbiology & plant pathology. Dr. Jin’s research leads to the development of innovative and environmentally friendly crop protection strategies...

Dr. Yamanaka wins Japan Academy Award for Young Researchers

From UCR News article, published January 18, 2022 by Jules Bernstein The Japan Academy Medal, widely considered the most prestigious award for young Japanese researchers, only goes to six recipients annually. This year associate entomology professor Naoki Yamanaka has been elected for the honor. Chosen among nominees from all fields of sciences and humanities, Yamanaka...

Karine Le Roch awarded 2021 CEPCEB Natasha V. Raikhel Award

Karine Le Roch, the director of CIDVR and a professor of molecular, cell and systems biology has been awarded the 2021 Natasha V. Raikhel Award in Research Innovation and Science Leadership at the Annual CEPCEB Award Symposium on Dec. 10, 2021

Zhenbiao Yang's Research on Plant Growth Published in Nature Journal

From UCR News article, published November 18, 2021 by Jules Bernstein A team of researchers led by UC Riverside has demonstrated for the first time one way that a small molecule turns a single cell into something as large as a tree. Professor and cell biologist Zhenbiao Yang with Arabidopsis plants used in his research...

Researchers using NSF Grant to study Plants as Edible Vaccines

"Plants as mRNA Factories for Edible Vaccines" September 17, 2021 Published in Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News University of California-Riverside (UCR) researchers say they are studying whether they can turn edible plants like lettuce into mRNA vaccine factories. One of the challenges with this new technology is that it must be kept cold to maintain...
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CEPCEB's Alex Borowsky receives USDA-NIFA Predoctoral Award

Alex Borowsky of CEPCEB and the Bailey-Serres lab has received an $180,000 grant award from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study gene regulatory network dynamics of root barrier cell suberin deposition in rice. Alex is one of 117 recipients of the predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowship grants this year. NIFA states that...

Jinkerson uses New Innovator grant to advance research in Urban Agriculture

UC, Riverside News Published 5/24/21 by Holly Ober Urban agriculture offers many benefits for food production but often has higher costs relative to traditional farming and is limited to only a few crops. Robert Jinkerson, an assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering at UC Riverside, is working to change this by engineering the size...

Discovery increases likelihood of growing food despite drought

University of California scientists have discovered genetic data that will help food crops like tomatoes and rice survive longer, more intense periods of drought on our warming planet. Over the course of the last decade, the research team sought to create a molecular atlas of crop roots, where plants first detect the effects of drought...

Wenbo Ma Receives Ruth Allen Award of the American Society of Phytopathology

Wenbo Ma has been selected to receive this year’s Ruth Allen Award of the American Society of Phytopathology. This award honors individuals who have made an outstanding, innovative research contribution that has changed, or has the potential to change, the direction of research in any field of plant pathology. Congratulations, Wenbo!

Researchers find peptide that treats, prevents killer citrus disease

New research affirms a unique peptide found in an Australian plant can destroy the No. 1 killer of citrus trees worldwide and help prevent infection. Huanglongbing, HLB, or citrus greening has multiple names, but one ultimate result: bitter and worthless citrus fruits. It has wiped out citrus orchards across the globe, causing billions in annual...

Delicious and disease-free: scientists attempting new citrus varieties

UC Riverside scientists are betting an ancient solution will solve citrus growers’ biggest problem by breeding new fruits with natural resistance to a deadly tree disease. The hybrid fruits will ideally share the best of their parents’ attributes: the tastiness of the best citrus, and the resistance to Huanglongbing, or HLB, displayed by some Australian...

Grant enables first nationwide effort to save native bees

UC Riverside entomologist Hollis Woodard and bee researchers at 11 other institutions are leading the charge to gather the kind of data that will help governments and land managers justify new protective regulations for native bees. In a new Biological Conservation paper, Woodard and her colleagues lay out the need for this alliance of researchers...

Jason Stajich & Hailing Jin Elected to the American Academy of Microbiology

Jason Stajich and Hailing Jin joined a class of 73 total fellows elected to the American Academy of Microbiology. The academy is a leadership group of scientists from around the globe within the American Society of Microbiology elected annually through a selective, peer-reviewed process. Additionally, Stajich was elected as a fellow of the Mycological Society...
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