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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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Miss our Crawford Fund Medals Presentation? Now available with Dr Brian Keating and Dr TJ Higgins

The Crawford Fund recently celebrated their Medal Awardees from 2020 and 2021, Dr. Brian Keating and Dr. TJ Higgins for their enduring contribution to global food security.


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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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RIPE Director Steve Long Announced as Expertscape’s ‘World Expert’ in Climate Processes

RIPE Director Stephen P. Long was announced as Expertscape’s World Expert in Climate Processes, placing him in the top 0.1% of scholars writing about Climatic Processes over the past 10 years.

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RIPE Scientist Tracy Lawson Announced as New Vice President of the SEB

The Society for Experimental Biology recently announced that Dr. Tracy Lawson has been appointed as the new Vice President of the SEB. 

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USDA's Agricultural Research Service Honors Scientists of the Year

For her outstanding contributions to research on crop responses to global climate change, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist Lisa A. Ainsworth is the agency's Distinguished Senior Research Scientist of the Year for 2021.

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Professor Susanne von Caemmerer awarded the Suzanne Cory Medal

ARC Centre Deputy Director Professor Susanne von Caemmerer was recently awarded the Inaugural Suzanne Cory Medal by the Australian Academy of Science


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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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Two RIPE researchers elected to AAAS Fellowship

Two RIPE researchers from the USDA-ARS and Australia’s CSIRO have been elected 2020 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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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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41st Annual Telly Awards

Earlier this year, the RIPE team and the University of Illinois’ Video Services media team partnered up to create a trailer that told the story of our project’s purpose and mission, earning us the Gold Telly Award in the General: Not-For-Profit category.

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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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Johannes Kromdijk awarded SEB President’s Medal

The SEB President’s Medals are awarded annually to young scientists of outstanding merit.

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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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Donald Ort awarded the Charles Reid Barnes Life Membership Award by ASPB

The Charles Reid Barnes Life Membership Award from the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) recognizes significant contributions to plant biology.

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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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Stephen Long invested as the Stanley O. Ikenberry Chair Professor of Plant Biology and Crop Sciences

Stephen Long has been invested as the Stanley O. Ikenberry Chair Professor of Plant Biology and Crop Sciences, one of the most distinguished honors at Illinois.

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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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Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, shines a light on women’s empowerment and ending extreme poverty

RIPE Director Stephen Long was invited to discuss the RIPE project with Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal.

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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.