Content Tagged with: Department of Botany and Plant Sciences

Game changer: New chemical keeps plants plump

A UC Riverside-led team has created a chemical to help plants hold onto water, which could stem the tide of massive annual crop losses from drought and help farmers grow food despite a changing climate. “Drought is the No. 1 cause, closely tied with flooding, of annual crop failures worldwide,”...
By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Scientists decode DNA secrets of world’s toughest bean

UCR scientists have decoded the genome of black-eyed peas, offering hope for feeding Earth's expanding population, especially as the climate changes.

It’s not easy being green

Despite how essential plants are for life on Earth, little is known about how parts of plant cells orchestrate growth and greening. By creating mutant plants, UC Riverside researchers have uncovered a cellular communication pathway sought by scientists for decades. Chan Yul Yoo, UCR molecular biologist and first author on...
By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Scientists identify how plants sense temperature

When it gets hot outside, humans and animals have the luxury of seeking shelter in the shade or cool, air-conditioned buildings. But plants are stuck. While not immune to changing climate, plants respond to the rising mercury in different ways. Temperature affects the distribution of plants around the planet. It...
By Stacy Kish | | Science / Technology

Book taps into the racier aspects of plant sex

Now that UC Riverside professor Norman Ellstrand has your attention, he’d like to teach you about genetics
By Madeline Adamo | | Science / Technology

Picking the perfect pomegranate

Consumer sensory panel shows several promising alternatives to the industry-standard ‘Wonderful’ pomegranate
By Sarah Nightingale | | Science / Technology

Tropical trees use unique method to resist drought

UCR research may alleviate concerns about impact of drought on Amazonian trees, which play a critical role in regulating the global climate
By Sarah Nightingale | | Science / Technology