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

The investigative team will use a remote sensing approach to study two precision irrigation practices for growing sorghum in Nevada: pivot and drip.

Robert Washington-Allen
Department of Agriculture, Veterinary & Rangeland Sciences
Start Date: 7-01-2020

sorghum close-up

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

This research will accelerate agronomic improvement of tef, a crop with great potential as a climate-resilient, alternative forage grass and value-added grain crop for drier regions of the western U.S. Development of lodging-resistant, high yielding tef varieties will improve ease of harvest and increase seed yields.

John Cushman
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Start Date: 7-01-2020

field trials on teff

The malting and brewing quality of both sorghum and barley will be investigated when the plants are grown across a range of elevations to help identify areas where it will be most profitable to grow them.

Melinda Yerka
Department of Agriculture, Veterinary & Rangeland Sciences
Start Date: 7-01-2020

sorghum field testing

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

Peter Weisberg
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Start Date: 7-01-2019

single leaf pinyon pine

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

We know mercury is taken up by plants from the air and methylated mercury is taken up by the roots and sequestered in edible plant parts; however, the mechanisms of uptake and movement within the plant are not known.

Won-Gyu Choi
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Start Date: 7-01-2019

mine in New Almaden, CA

Physiological measurements (e.g. photosynthesis, transpiration, water uptake capacity in the roots) will be conducted to better understand how these species confer drought tolerance to the scion.

Grant Cramer
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Start Date: 7-01-2019

greenhouse study on grape leaf resparation