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Research geneticist Ram Singh crossed soybean with a related wild, perennial plant from Australia, introducing new genetic diversity to the soybean plant.

Plant breeder boosts soybean diversity, develops rust-resistant plant

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:May 12, 2015

It took decades of painstaking work, but research geneticist Ram Singh managed to cross a popular soybean variety (“Dwight” Glycine max) with a related wild perennial plant that grows like a weed in Australia, producing the first fertile soybean plants that are resistant to soybean rust, soybean cyst nematode and other pathogens of soy.

Published Date: May 12, 2015


Research geneticist Ram Singh crossed soybean with a related wild, perennial plant from Australia, introducing new genetic diversity to the soybean plant.

Plant breeder boosts soybean diversity, develops soybean rust-resistant plant

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:May 12, 2015

It took decades of painstaking work, but research geneticist Ram Singh managed to cross a popular soybean variety (“Dwight” Glycine max) with a related wild perennial plant that grows like a weed in Australia, producing the first fertile soybean plants that are resistant to soybean rust, soybean cyst nematode and other pathogens of soy.

Published Date: May 12, 2015


Health issues in Africa to be focus of conference

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education and Social Work Editor

Published Date:May 4, 2015

Infectious disease expert Mosoka P. Fallah, one of five “Ebola fighters” honored as a Person of the Year by Time in 2014, will be among the speakers at an upcoming symposium at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: May 4, 2015


Report: Brain-injured patients need therapies based on cognitive neuroscience

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 29, 2015

Patients with traumatic brain injuries are not benefiting from recent advances in cognitive neuroscience research – and they should be, scientists report in a special issue of Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences.

Published Date: April 29, 2015


Teens are less likely to take risks and also find responsible behavior more rewarding when their mother is present, researchers found.

Study: This is your teen's brain behind the wheel

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 22, 2015

A new study of teenagers and their moms reveals how adolescent brains negotiate risk – and the factors that modulate their risk-taking behind the wheel.

Published Date: April 22, 2015


In studies of mice, comparative biosciences professor Jodi Flaws and her colleagues linked phthalate exposure during pregnancy to reproductive problems in parent and offspring, and to degradation of the function and structure of the ovaries.

The phthalate DEHP undermines female fertility in mice

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 16, 2015

Two studies in mice add to the evidence that the phthalate DEHP, a plasticizing agent used in auto upholstery, baby toys, building materials and many other consumer products, can undermine female reproductive health, in part by disrupting the growth and function of the ovaries.

Published Date: April 16, 2015