The Center for Plant Responses to Environmental Stresses (CPRES) is dedicated to fundamental research on how plants detect and respond to biotic and abiotic stresses in their environment. Research on biotic stresses includes the molecular mechanisms used by viruses, bacteria, fungi, and nematodes to incite disease and by plants to resist infection. Research on abiotic stresses includes molecular mechanisms by which plants resist such unfavorable conditions as drought, flooding, chilling, excess salts, toxic metals, and pollutants.


UPDATE: New Equiment in CPRES Core Facility

Within the last year, CPRES has upgraded and added new equipment to the facility in 475 Bessey to better suit research needs. The new items are listed below; please contact the facility manager for more information or if you have any questions.

1) Sorvall ST40R Centrifuge, Refrigerated - More Info

2) Sorvall Legend Micro 17R Centrifuge, Refrigerated - More Info

3) Konica SRX 101A Processor - More Info

4) Qsonica Q125 Sonicator - More Info

5) VWR Ultrasonic Cleaner - More Info

6) VWR Rocking Platform Shaker - More Info


Announcement: Dr. Steve Whitham Appointed as CPRES Director


March 18, 2013: CPRES Tools Computer

CPRES is proud to announce the acquisition of the CPRES Tools Computer! This "computer" provides remote access to a growing number of programs. The following programs are currently available for use:

MedScan 5.0

Phoretix 1D

TotalLab Quant

Interested? Wondering how easy it is to access the computer? To begin, follow these steps:

1) Contact Ashley Chargualaf at and provide the following information in your email: your ISU email address and the dates that you will need access.

2) You will receive a confirmation email for access on the dates you provided as well as login information. If you need to extend your access, notify Ashley immediately.

3) Access the computer from your lab or personal computer whether you are on or off-campus!

Please contact Ashley if you have any questions.


Reducing the impact of insects and viruses on food security   




The Virus Insect Interactions group is developing solutions to reduce the impact of insects and viruses on food security for sustainable production of vegetables, fruits and farmed shrimp. (l-r) Group members Matt O'Neal, Bryony Bonning and Allen Miller give a nod to Men In Black.  Photo illustration by Bob Elbert.