• Pictured above from left to right: Dr. Humberto Blanco and Dr. Rebecca McCulley


    February 15, 2023
  • The 2023 IPSS Symposium was held on January 6th at the Don and Cathy Jacobs Science Building

    February 15, 2023
  • The world population is rapidly increasing and achieving more food with less input is essential. We found that manipulations of cytoskeleton dynamics in the endosperm can enlarge the seed size in A. thaliana, a model plant for molecular and cellular biology. By applying the same concept to grain crops such as soybean, wheat, maize and rice, we might be able to increase the grain yield. Therefore, this new discovery should enable greater food security.

    February 15, 2023
  • Our faculty collaborate with researchers of all ages, including high school researchers. Take high school student Tharanie Subramaniam, for example. For the past two years, she has worked with Dr. Ole Wendroth, Professor, and with Dr. Hanna Poffenbarger's, Assistant Professor, field experiments. Here is Tharanie's first-hand experience.
    March 9, 2021
  • Understanding the mechanisms behind successful plant reproduction can lead to more reliable crop production and higher yields. In a recent study, an international group of scientists led by researchers from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment identified signaling and motor proteins that help guide the male nuclei toward its female counterparts to allow reproduction to occur in flowering plants.
    December 14, 2020
  • Rebecca Caldbeck and Caleb Gooden, two undergraduate students in the Agricultural and Medical Biotechnology (ABT) program, receive awards.
    December 10, 2020
  • The University of Kentucky's GradResearch Live! is proving that excitement for research has no bounds. This year, because of the restrictions of COVID-19, the 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition moved online. In the span of just a couple of weeks, the 24 research presentations by graduate students and postdocs garnered more than 9,500 total views on YouTube.
    November 19, 2020
  • IPSS Alumni, Dr. Congming Zou, received an award from the Yunnan Government, recognizing him for his contributions to society and tobacco research. Dr. Zou was a Ph.D. student under Dr. Bob Pearce, with Dr. John Grove as his co-chair.
    November 12, 2020
  • Standing in a field of hundreds of varieties of teff at the University of Kentucky Spindletop Research Farm, graduate student Eric Luteyn is at peace studying the differences between the plants. After a decade of military service that ended in a medical discharge, peace is exactly what the disabled veteran needs.
    November 10, 2020
  • A University of Kentucky research project that could have significant impacts for Kentucky grain producers with irrigated acres is beginning on a Western Kentucky farm. Ole Wendroth, soil physicist in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is leading a study examining the effects of a variable rate irrigation system that, to his knowledge, is the first-of-its-kind in the state.
    November 9, 2020