Castellanos awarded residency at Institute for Plant Molecular and Cell Biology

Carlos Castellanos, assistant professor in the School of Interactive Games and Media, has been awarded a residency at the Institute for Plant Molecular and Cell Biology in Valencia, Spain, to work on genetically modifying the stress response genes of agricultural plants so that they trigger morphological changes as the plants grow under stressful environmental conditions (like those expected from future climates). Using multi/hyper-spectral imaging and machine learning, the team will predict the emergence of these changes and translate them to text and sound to give the impression that the plants are “speaking” or “singing” to us.