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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Where Science Meets Society


Temple of Demeter
Temple of Demeter
Zeiss LSM 880
Rong Ma, Yousoon Baek, Mayandi Sivaguru, and Dean Riechers
Dean Riechers Laboratory
Funded by the USDA

The sturdy shapes in this image are the cells of a sorghum plant; these cells form part of the sheath that protects the growing plant shoot. Crops are exposed to many stressful growing conditions in the field, including exposure to herbicides. The bright colors seen here mark the presence of proteins that help protect the plant from such exposures. The goal of this research is to develop new ways to protect crops from damage caused by herbicides and other stressors.