College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Plant Pathology

Researchers tackle impact of climate change on plants

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

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Dr. Kiwamu Tanaka

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers are undertaking an industrious investigation into the effects of global warming on plants. Making the effort possible is a fully automated “plant hotel” that can analyze up to 6,000 seedlings in a single experiment.

Dr. Henning Kunz

Kiwamu Tanaka, an assistant professor in plant pathology, and Henning Kunz, an assistant professor in plant physiology, recently received funding from the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust for the LemnaTec Scanalyzer Discovery Platform. It will let the scientists mimic natural light and simulate a wide range of changing climate conditions.

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