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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.


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

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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