Campus professor to serve on national research program

Krishna K. Niyogi, a professor in plant and microbial biology in the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley, has been selected as one of 15 scientists nationwide for a new program that is part of an initiative to boost funding for fundamental plant research.

According to a press statement on Niyogi’s website, Niyogi joins a highly selective team of individuals to partake in a new grant that is a joint effort of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

“The program will allow Niyogi and other researchers — recognized as the preeminent plant scientists in the nation — to receive the flexible support necessary to move their research in creative new directions,” the statement reads.

The program Niyogi will be participating in is a special program that was created because of the concern that basic plant research has long been underfunded in the United States, with the Institute and Foundation investing a combined total of $75 million in the new plant science research program over the next five years, according to the statement.

Katie Nelson is an assistant news editor.