Powerful pennycress: Dr. Sedbrook’s research team is transforming a weed into a crop

Though farmers consider pennycress (Thlaspi arvense) nothing more than a weed, Illinois State Professor of Genetics Dr. John Sedbrook is working to change their perspective—and the plant itself.
Professor John Sedbrook with pennycress at Millenium Park in Chicago.

Redbird scholars receive grants to domesticate pennycress, expand pre-K

Here is some of the "Grant news" that appeared in the fall 2016 issue of the Redbird Scholar: Using genetics to domesticate pennycress as new cover crop Illinois State Associate Professor of...
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Research Spotlight: Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology

This issue's Research Spotlight features the Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology (CeMaST).
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Biofuels project led by John Sedbrook awarded $13 million from DOE

The grant will support a nationwide project led by Professor of Genetics John Sedbrook aimed to genetically strengthen a plant for use in sustainable energy efforts.
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Weed wizard: Professor alters plant genes to create wonder crop

Dr. John Sedbrook's genetically mutated plant could create a positive force for the environment as well as provide additional income for farmers.
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(POSTPONED) Hartman, Sedbrook, Oresky, Schimmel to be honored with research and creativity awards

The University Research Awards have been postponed in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 
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Finding use for empty winter fields: John Sedbrook part of Nature Food paper

A paper published in Nature Food highlights the work of Professor of Genetics John Sedbrook with a team to domesticate a common weed that could produce sustainable fuel, reduce climate change, and...
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In the News, October 15, 2019

Illinois State faculty and staff in the news.
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In the News

Miltonette Craig draws parallels to Jim Crow era at diversity summit. Shamaine Bertrand comments on Normal's first racial equity summit. Olivia Butts speaks on the role of the cannabis task...
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ISU researchers part of $10 million USDA grant to implement new oilseed cover crop for fuel

Illinois State is part of a $10 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture that looks to turn a cover crop into biodiesel, jet fuel, and animal feed.
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