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15 April 2014

New biomarker discovery can help scientists ID sudden oak death-susceptible trees

Adapted from an article by Mauricio Espinoza, Ohio State University

UC Berkeley and Ohio State University researchers have developed a way to predict the resistance or susceptibility of trees to sudden oak death disease, providing forest managers with the first effective method to manage trees in infested natural areas and in adjoining areas where the disease is expected in the future.

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24 March 2014

UC Berkeley Mourns the Loss of Sydney Kustu

Professor Emerita Sydney Kustu, a distinguished faculty member in UC Berkeley’s Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, died in Berkeley, Calif., on March 18. She was 71 years old. She was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and was instrumental in the revitalization of the field of microbiology on the Berkeley campus.

“Kustu has made major contributions to our understanding of the regulation of gene expression,” a statement read during her induction into the National Academy of Sciences said. “Her work has led to the identification of the novel mechanisms responsible for the regulated expression of the enzymes and transport systems involved in nitrogen metabolism in bacteria.”

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19 March 2014

Corporate-funded academic inventions spur increased innovation, analysis says

By Sarah Yang, Media Relations

Academic research sponsored by industry has a strong track record of leading to innovative patents and licenses, challenging assumptions that corporate support skews science toward inventions that are less accessible and less useful to others than those funded by the government or non-profit organizations, according to a new analysis.

The findings, published today (Wednesday, March 19) in a commentary in the journal Nature, are based upon a study of two decades of records from the University of California system.

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27 February 2014

Inez Fung leads U.S. team in climate change report

By Sarah Yang, Public Affairs

fung-climate175.jpgTwo of the world’s most eminent research institutions from the United States and the United Kingdom issued a joint publication today (Thursday, Feb. 27) that distills climate change science in an effort to help policymakers and the larger public make informed decisions and develop effective responses for mitigating its damaging effects.

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10 February 2014

Kenneth R. Farrell, former UC ANR vice president, is dead at 87

By Pamela Kan-Rice

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Kenneth R. Farrell, former University of California vice president for Agriculture and Natural Resources, died following a brief illness in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Jan. 24. He was 87.

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