Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Apr 25, 2018

Student Spotlight: For Abel Walker, Sustainability is Key to Living Well

Plant biology student Abel Walker looks outside his comfort zone as he prepares for life beyond his December 2018 graduation.

Apr 4, 2018

Cross Talk

NC State's Master of Microbial Biotechnology prepares students to work at the intersection of science, technology and business.

Mar 15, 2018

Just-in-Time Tomatoes?

NC State scientists are exploring the molecular-level processes that cause tomatoes to ripen, and what they find could have big implications for a range of traits -- from flavor to firmness -- in fruit-bearing crops.

Feb 22, 2018

‘Demographic Compensation’ May Not Save Plants Facing Climate Change

An in-depth look at how plants respond to climate change shows mixed results for the phenomenon of “demographic compensation” as a way for plants to avoid severe population declines.

Nov 27, 2017

Student Spotlight: ‘Plant Research Immediately Impacts People’

After a summer undergraduate research experience with a leading NC State plant scientist, Catherine Doyle was hooked. The Ph.D. student traveled to Tanzania to see the problems posed by cassava mosaic disease.

Nov 17, 2017

Getting to the Genetic Root of Stem Cells

NC State scientists find faster ways to identify the complex gene interactions that make stem cell renewal and differentiation in plants possible.

Nov 6, 2017

Lost and Found

A cyanobacterial strain with an intriguing backstory could have an even more remarkable future, because the organism produces possible anticancer agents. Two NC State University scientists team up to find out how.

Sep 19, 2017

Scientists Unravel Mysteries of DNA Replication in Corn

For the first time, scientists have characterized the DNA replication timing process for an entire plant genome.

Aug 30, 2017

Expanding Tropical Forest Spells Disaster for Conservation

An NC State University study shows that fire suppression efforts in Brazilian savannas turn many of those areas into forest lands, with negative consequences for the plants and animals that live there.

Jul 17, 2017

Tackling Cassava Mosaic Disease: One Week in Tanzania

NC State Ph.D. student Catherine Doyle had seen infected cassava in a lab, but a trip to Tanzania allowed her to connect that work to what's happening in the field. Read more in this second in a series of posts on her journey to help defeat cassava mosaic disease.