A team from the University of Illinois has quantified the plant cell properties in two C4 species, including cell shape, chloroplast size, and distribution of cell-to-cell connections called plasmodesmata, providing information that can change how people model photosynthesis thanks to their 3D reconstructions.
Our Deputy Director Donald Ort was recently awarded the Charles Reid Barnes Life Membership Award from the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) for his dedication and significant contributions to plant biology.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin visited the RIPE project and said he hopes to increase federal funding for scientific research.
By: Jim Meadows | Illinois Public Media
As the global population grows and diets change, we need to improve crop yields to increase food production by between 25 and 70% by 2050.
The heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods that have become the norm in recent years have serious implications for the food supply.
If the preliminary research pans out, we may have a new way to feed the world's growing population.
Scientists from the University of Illinois have worked to correct for a flaw in photosynthesis which could improve crop yields by as much as 40%.
By: Ryan Whitwam || Medium
Donald Ort's area of expertise lies in the area of photosynthesis and the ability to reengineer it to be adapted for global climate change and to improve its efficiency in agricultural situations.
The U.S. DOE awarded the University of Illinois a $10.6 million, five-year grant to transform two crops into sources of biodiesel and biojet fuel.
By: Claire Benjamin || Shared via Association of American Universities
RIPE Project Associate Director Don Ort discusses field trials that have shown increased biomass in tobacco plants from genetic modification of photosynthesis.