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Li-Jun Ma,  Anne Gershenson, and Robert Wick Featured for: Science Scene: ‘Studying basil diseases to help U.S. producers’


Researchers combine techniques to protect sweet basil from pathogens. What’s the big idea? Basil is the most important commercially grown herb crop in the United States; its essential oils are used in applications from medicine to skin care products and soft drinks. Currently basil production in the U.S. is threatened by the recently introduced plant pathogens Peronospora belbahrii, which causes downy mildew, and Fusarium oxysporum, which causes Fusarium wilt.  Read more

Ragweed may follow climate change northward

Professor Kristina Stinson

A new predictive model suggests that climate change may allow common ragweed to extend its growing range northward and into major northeast metro areas, worsening conditions for millions of people with hay fever and asthma. 

Plant ecologist Kristina Stinson, Environmental Conservation, who leads a research team that has been studying this plant for over a decade – particularly how it responds to elevated CO2 levels – worked with climate modeler and corresponding author Michael Case at University of Washington on this project. Details appear online in the journal PLOS One, and were also featured in The Daily Hampshire Gazette, as well as University of Washington News. Read more

8th Annual Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium

Smarty Plants
UMass Amherst scientists work to crack a code that might help nourish the world

Smarty Plants: Maize

Iron deficiency anemia is a huge global problem. It affects 2 billion people, particularly in low-income countries where many rely on grain as a staple. Yet so far, plants have managed to outwit our efforts to convince them to carry more iron. University of Massachusetts Amherst molecular biologist Elsbeth Walker has received a three-year $870,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to discover exactly how plants regulate the amount of iron they take up through their roots. Read More

Jedaidah Chilufya Awarded Travel Grants by Wild and Tamed Phytobiomes and SACNAS

Jedaidah Chilufya, Graduate Student

Jedaidah Chilufya has been awarded a travel grant by the "Wild and Tamed Phytobiomes" to attend and present a short talk and a poster during the '21st Penn State Plant Biology Symposium' at Penn State in State College, PA.  (June 19th to 22nd, 2018). 

In addition, she also was awarded a travel scholarship by the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) to attend and present a poster at this years's 'National Diversity in STEM Conference in San Antonio, Texas (October 2018).