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RIPE Spotlight: Peng Fu

Meet Peng Fu. This postdoctoral feature series focuses on sharing the new endeavors of our researchers as they move on to the next chapter in their lives. 

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RIPE Spotlight: Patty Lopez-Calcagno

Meet Patricia Lopez-Calcagno. This postdoctoral feature series focuses on sharing the new endeavors of our researchers as they move on to the next chapter in their lives. 

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RIPE Spotlight: Ursula Ruiz-Vera

Meet Ursula Ruiz-Vera. This postdoctoral feature series focuses on sharing the new endeavors of our researchers as they move on to the next chapter in their lives.

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10 Years of RIPE

In honor of RIPE’s anniversary, we’re looking back at some of the accomplishments over the past 10 years that our researchers have contributed towards our mission to feed the world.

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International Women's Day 2022: #BreakTheBias

In celebration of this important day, the RIPE project is highlighting our women in leadership, who dedicate their hard work and efforts to our mission in feeding the world in the face of climate change and a growing population.

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Dhruv Patel is daring plants to take a risk

Dhruv Patel, a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, was recently featured in the Alliance for Science's collection of feature stories on FFAR Fellows. 

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RIPE 2021 Social Media Countdown

To celebrate our researchers' hard work, we put together a #RIPEWrapped2021 to showcase our top social media posts that have come across your screens. We appreciate all of the hard work that our team has put into our project, despite a year characterized by the pandemic.


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International Women's Day 2021: #ChooseToChallenge

In celebration of International Women's Day, the RIPE project is shining a light on some of our woman scientists who are making significant contributions to increasing global food security.

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Dhruv Patel: Building bridges, communicating science

Dhruv Patel dedicates his research to understanding photoprotection and how to overcome it.

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Mental Health Awareness Day

RIPE scientist Ursula Ruiz Vera shares her story to create more awareness and rid the stigma associated with mental health. 

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Virtual Conference: Plant Genomes in a Changing Environment

This year's Plant Genomes in a Changing Environment conference will be held virtually and will showcase the application of genomic techniques to understand genomes and how they vary across changing environments. 

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Nurturing the next generation of scientists through educational videos

Various organisations are working towards igniting a passion for STEM early on in childhood development. 


Developing a rapid screening test for CoViD-19

RIPE scientists at The Australian National University are developing a CoVid-19 screening test that is more convenient.

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Elizabete Carmo-Silva: Research, Rubisco, and Reigniting Optimism

Collaboration is at the heart of Elizabete’s career, whether she is working with cowpea breeders or those in her lab. 

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The difference between C3 and C4 plants

Learn more about the two types of photosynthesis that plants use to produce our food. 

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Meet some of RIPE's wonder women

In celebration of International Women's Day, the RIPE project is shining a spotlight on some of our female scientists.

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Tragedies affect the RIPE team at ANU

The end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 have been an extreme few months for the RIPE project team members at The Australian National University.

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One robot is helping feed the future

Two research projects at the University of Illinois are coming together to benefit agriculture and help ensure global food security.

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Illinois Summer Fellowship program’s second year yields successful research

The University of Illinois and RIPE hosted 14 Illinois Summer Fellows to gain plant science research experience alongside our expert team.

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RIPE project partners with Paper2Tree to reach local students

This fall, RIPE Postdoctoral Researcher Amanda Cavanagh taught two fifth grade classes about the project's breakthrough work to improve crops. 

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Oxford students make their way to Illinois’ research fields

This summer, a new exchange program brought nine Fellows from the University of Oxford to the University of Illinois to conduct research with mentors from the RIPE project. 

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Tapestry of hope

Sweat sneaks beneath Kasia’s sunglasses as she tiptoes around the carefully organized research plots, orchestrated using GPS technology. The tiny plants reach up to grasp the sun, creating a mosaic of greens and yellows as they grow and mature, a tapestry of hope for the researchers who have cared for and cultivated them.

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David Drag: Cultivating food security

David Drag is no stranger to hard work. Whether it is a day in the greenhouse or field, each environment poses new and enticing challenges.

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Steve Long: Making nature more efficient

For 40 years Steve Long has been doing ground-breaking work — at the molecular, biochemical and physiological level — in the lab and the field, and on the computer.

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Liana Acevedo-Siaca: Utilizing rice to achieve food security

Acevedo-Siaca was named a U.S. Borlaug Fellow in Global Food Security at the International Rice Research Institute.

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Doug Orr: Enzyme hunter

Doug Orr has always been interested in doing science, but one summer experience led him where he is today: working as a postdoctoral biochemist for Lancaster Environment Centre at Lancaster University.

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Amanda De Souza: Engineering hope for millions

Amanda de Souza cradles a plastic petri dish in her hands. Tiny plants press against the lid; their roots form a delicate web. It’s hard to imagine that hope for millions of people may lie inside something so small, so seemingly fragile.

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RIPE researchers bring new life to campus greenhouse

Situated next to the University of Illinois’s Plant Core Facility on Dorner Drive, a once state-of-the-art controlled environment greenhouse and laboratory sat unused until now.

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lllinois study may improve rice productivity

University of Illinois researchers established the first rice paddy to test rice performance at Illinois and Kyoto University in Japan.