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I-CARES Day 2017

By Courtney Chazen on March 24, 2017 in

I-CARES researchers will meet to report on the findings and progress of their 2016 I-CARES funded research. To view the day’s schedule of events, click here. To read about the 2016 I-CARES Day, click here.

Yuan-Chuan Tai, PhD, associate professor of at Washington University School of Medicine, working in the Plant Imagining Lab in East Building of WUSM.

Development of imaging technology to improve bioenergy crops

By myralopez on June 27, 2016 in Climate, News, Plants

In the face of impending global climate change one of the greatest challenges will be maintaining a sustainable supply of renewable energy. It’s clear that new approaches to produce climate resilient plants are desperately needed. Working jointly to develop new research tools to accelerate the br...

Happy Hour: 2016 I-CARES Awardees

By myralopez on May 16, 2016 in

Recognition of the 2016 I-CARES research winners during a happy hour at the Knight Center pub. Private event. Click here to read about the 2016 research awardees.

Tracking the lost crops of the ancient world

By Public Affairs on April 21, 2016 in Climate, Environment, News, Plants

Why some crops became globally important in the last 400 years, while others were ‘lost’ in our modern food-webs, remains a bit of a mystery, says Xinyi Liu, assistant professor of archaeology but “changes in ecological, culinary, and cultural importance all played roles.” Click here to read the ...

Photo of smoke pouring out of the top of two smokestacks.

Researchers find less expensive way to convert carbon dioxide

By Public Affairs on March 30, 2015 in News

With an abundance of carbon dioxide being produced worldwide, scientists and engineers are looking for inexpensive ways to turn it into something useful, such as hydrocarbon fuels. A collaboration of researchers at Washington University in St. Louis and Korea University used copper oxide nanowire...

Photo of a corn field.

Converting plant waste into biofuel

By myralopez on January 7, 2015 in Energy, News, Plants

The plant material left over from papermaking or ethanol production is considered waste, with little value. In 2013, two faculty members in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University teamed up to find a way to turn that waste product into biofuel and biomaterials. Wi...

Iron uptake by plants focus of I-CARES grant

By Public Affairs on September 5, 2013 in Environment, News, Plants

Both humans and plants need iron in their diets, or else they get sick and don’t grow. Humans can eat iron-rich foods or a supplement, but for plants, the process is more complicated, as iron in the soil has to be dissolved before the plant can absorb it. With a one-year grant from Washington Uni...