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Ask Dr. Universe: Why are plants green?

PUYALLUP, Wash. – A lush tropical rainforest, a field of sunflowers, a garden in your neighborhood. Our Earth is home to all kinds of plant life. From trees to catnip, there are thousands of different species of plants. Most of these plants are green, but not all of them. » More …

WSU researchers see how plants optimize repair

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

kirchhoff-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers led by a Washington State University biologist have found the optimal mechanism by which plants heal the botanical equivalent of a bad sunburn. Their work, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could lead to development of crops that repair sun damage more easily, improving yields and profitability. » More …

Leading researcher, helpful teacher

He is recognized internationally as a leading authority on photosynthesis, and in 2001 – with colleagues Vince Franceschi and Elena Voznesenskaya – he discovered a unique form of photosynthesis. Now Gerald Edwards will be recognized by the university as a Regents professor.“I’m pleased to represent the sciences and WSU at this level,” Edwards said. “I’m humbled, though, because so many people helped me along the way. Science is not an individual activity.”  Despite the help, Edwards’ recognitions and awards at the national and international level do a good job of reflecting his accomplishments as a scientist and scholar. He has published more than 325 research articles, … » More …

Research team rewriting book on photosynthesis

PULLMAN — Toss out that old biology book you were hanging onto for reference. The chapter on photosynthesis is about to be rewritten, thanks to work by David Kramer and his research team at Washington State University’s Institute of Biological Chemistry.Using instruments they designed and built themselves, Kramer and his group have discovered that plants adjust their light intake to match their metabolic needs by regulating the level of protons within sealed chambers in the chloroplasts.Traditionally, plant physiologists have focused on the role of electrons in photosynthesis. Kramer’s lab has changed the field by looking at what’s happening with the protons inside chloroplasts in intact … » More …

Gerald Edwards to present Distinguished Faculty Address

Gerald E. Edwards, a Washington State University professor in the School of Biological Sciences and a Fellow of WSU’s Institute of Biological Chemistry, will present the university’s annual Distinguished Faculty Address April 9.The 7:30 p.m. public talk, “Living by Photosynthesis,” is set for the Samuel H. Smith Center for Undergraduate Education, Room 203. A member of the WSU faculty since 1981, Edwards is recognized by the international science community as one of the leading authorities in the general area of photosynthesis. His research contributions over a 30-year career span have led to a textbook understanding of how certain plants utilize a more efficient C4 cycle … » More …