• This image of a fertilized Arabidopsis egg cell shows the cell elongation with actin filaments in blue and nucleus in yellow.

    It’s common knowledge that plants grow up from the ground, supported by a root system, but until now scientists were unable to understand how that process starts during fertilization at a cellular level. An international team of scientists that includes a University of Kentucky researcher has visualized how the fertilized egg cell divides unequally after fertilization. 

    From this unequal cell division, one cell works toward developing the top part of the plant including stem, leaves and flowers while the other works on root structure.

    December 2, 2016
  • soil

    WASHINGTON — Soil isn’t one size fits all. It may look the same under your feet – but under a microscope, that’s a different story. A plant’s roots, tiny bugs – these things can tell one soil from another quite easily.

    Robson Armindo, a professor at the Federal University of Paraná in Brazil, wanted to better understand the interactions of soil, air, and water. He worked with Ole Wendroth from the University of Kentucky.

    November 28, 2016
  • 2016 ASA

    The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America (ASA/CSSA/SSSA) hosted more than 4,000 scientists, professionals, educators, and students at the 2016 International Annual Meeting from Nov. 6-9, 2016, in Phoenix, AZ. 

    Congratulations to the following University of Kentucky IPSS graduate students and UK faculty for their outstanding work at the meeting:

    November 16, 2016
  • Mahtaab Bagherzadeh

    Mahtaab Bagherzadeh, MS student in Rebecca McCulley's lab, won the CAFE diversity essay competition with her essay entitled, ““Do you have a nickname?”

    October 26, 2016
  • Paul Legg came to Kentucky from West Virginia to attend Berea College.  He received his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. After a time on the faculty at UC Riverside Paul joined the Agronomy Department in 1966 as an adjunct faculty member working as a research geneticist with the USDA-ARS tobacco group in Lexington.

    October 19, 2016
  • Of the 48 UK College of Agriculture staff nominated for this year's Outstanding Staff Awards, the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences had six nominees.

    September 26, 2016
  • George Wagner

    A life spent in discovery was recognized recently when the Tobacco Science Research Conference presented University of Kentucky Professor Emeritus George Wagner with its Lifetime Achievement Award at its 70th annual conference in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

    September 22, 2016
  • Former UK Forages Extension Specialist Warren Thompson passed away September 17, 2016 at the age of 98.

    September 21, 2016
  • Chad Lee

    A familiar face to many Kentucky grain producers recently was named director of the University of Kentucky Grains Center of Excellence. Chad Lee, UK grain crops extension specialist, began his new role Aug. 1.

    “We are pleased to have Chad Lee serve as director of the Grains Center of Excellence at this critical time during the development of the center,” said Rick Bennett, associate dean for research in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and director of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station.

    August 30, 2016
  • Grains Center

    Thanks to funding from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, the University of Kentucky Grains Center of Excellence will help advance Kentucky agriculture for decades.

    August 1, 2016