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Our goal is to understand how circadian clocks work and why they play such an important role in growth and stress responses in photosynthetic organisms. We use a wide range of molecular, computational and physiological approaches to study how plants and unicellular algae adapt to daily environmental cycles.


Genevieve successfully defended her dissertation on April 26th. Congratulations!

Listen to Eva Farre, Miles Roberts and Kevin Folta discuss about circadian clocks: – July 2020

Congratulations Genevieve for being awarded a predoctoral AFRI NIFA Fellowship! – June 2020

May 2020:

Congratulations Amni for your graduation !!

Our grant to investigate the circadian clock in potato has started:

See the announcement in MSU Today

April 2020: Publication updates

  • Farre EM (2020) The brown clock: circadian rhythms in stramenopiles. Physiologia Plantarum (doi: 10.1111/ppl.13104). Online ahead of print

January 2020: Publication updates

  • Zienkiewicz A, Zienkiewicz K, Poliner E, Pulman JA, Du ZY, Stefano G, Tsai CH, Horn P, Feussner I, Farre EM, Childs KL, Brandizzi F, Benning C (2020) The Microalga Nannochloropsis during Transition from Quiescence to Autotrophy in Response to Nitrogen Availability. Plant Physiol. 182(2):819-839. doi: 10.1104/pp.19.00854 . [PubMed]
  • Poliner E, Clark E, Cummings C, Benning C, Farre EM (2020) A high-capacity gene stacking toolkit for the oleaginous microalga, Nannochloropsis oceanica CCMP1779. Algal Research, 45, [link]

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