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Eight Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influential

Ort and seven faculty members at the University of Illinois have been named to the 2019 Highly Cited Researchers list. 

By: Liz Ahlberg Touchstone | Illinois News Bureau

crops can cheaply manufacture proteins inside their cellular power plants called chloroplasts

Scientists transform tobacco info factory for high-value proteins

A team from Cornell and Illinois engineered tobacco to cheaply produce high-value proteins—and found no decreases in yield. 


Improved model could help scientists better predict crop yield, climate change effects

Our team created a computer model of how microscopic leaf pores open in response to light to create better virtual plants.

Stephen Long

Lancaster scientist is cream of the crop

A scientist who is helping find urgent solutions to the need to feed growing global populations under climate change has been elected to one of the world’s most distinguished scientific organisations.

Stephen P. Long portrait in a greenhouse.

Long elected to National Academy of Sciences

University of Illinois crop sciences and plant biology professor Stephen P. Long is one of 100 new members elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Amy Marshall-Colon

Crops in silico 2.0: Project Extended

Developing crops using traditional methods is research, labor and cost intensive. However, Crops in silico allows researchers to quickly determine and test characteristics that help crops thrive in specific environments. This modeling allows researchers to conduct more experiments than can be realistically achieved in a field.

Erik Sacks with Miscanthus

When temperatures drop, Siberian Miscanthus plants surpass main bioenergy variety

Newly discovered Miscanthus plants photosynthesize 100 percent more efficiently in chilling temperatures than the industry favorite.


EU-wide initiative to ‘future proof’ our crops

Researchers at Lancaster University have joined a major European research initiative taking on the monumental challenge of ‘future proofing’ our food crops.


Scientists engineer shortcut for photosynthetic glitch, boost crop growth 40%

Researchers report in the journal Science that crops engineered with a photorespiratory shortcut are 40 percent more productive in real-world agronomic conditions.