Department News

PhD Student Cheng Sara Qian accepts the DEI and A award at the 2023 CAFE Roundup

PhD Student Cheng Sara Qian won the DEI&A award at the 2023 CAFE Roundup

The Blue Water Farms team accepted the Outstanding Team award

Blue Water Farms received the Dr. Lisa P. Collins Outstanding Team award

New UK Study Could Help Fight Food Insecurity

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. We found that cellular structural components called cytoskeletons show unique dynamics during endosperm development and also found that one of the cytoskeletons, called actin filament, involves in seed size determination. We believe that if we can increase the size of grain crop seeds by manipulating actin filament dynamics in the endosperm, we could go a long way to reducing food insecurity.

-Tomo Kawashima


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