Plant Science Research


Evaluate soil carbon stocks, vegetation, and insect communities in two contrasting meadow ecosystems in the Great Basin.

Benjamin Sullivan
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Start Date: 7-01-2018

meadow research

Developing the crassulacean acid metabolism, prickly pear cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica and related species) as a biofuel crop for southern Nevada and semi-arid regions of the desert southwest.

John Cushman
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Start Date: 7-01-2012

opuntia cladode

The long-term goal of this project is to evaluate the field performance of prickly pear cactus and two related species as potential for forage, food, and biomass crops for southern Nevada and semi-arid regions of the desert southwest.

John Cushman
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Start Date: 7-01-2014

Cactus

Determine novel traits in tomatoes that can improve whole plant response and growth under high salinity and boron toxicity that ultimately benefit growers through better genotypes and higher yields.

Felipe Barrios Masias
Department of Agriculture, Veterinary & Rangeland Sciences
Start Date: 7-01-2018

tomato

Investigation into the genetics underlying the production of specific, beneficial antimicrobial compounds thought to have antifungal properties against plant pathogens.

Dylan Kosma
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Start Date: 7-01-2018

carrots

Developing sorghum varieties with better stress tolerance for Nevada growers.

Melinda Yerka
Department of Agriculture, Veterinary & Rangeland Sciences
Start Date: 7-01-2018

sorghum