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USD Hosts University of Nevada-Reno Plant Biologist

Photo of Sung Don Lim (left) and Bernie Wone (right). University of Nevada, Reno's Sung Don Lim (left) and USD's Bernie Wone (right) pose after Lim's presentation.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Department of Biology hosted University of Nevada-Reno researcher, Sung Don Lim, for a presentation on photosynthesis and water-use efficiency Monday, Feb. 5.

Lim’s lecture was titled, “CAM Biodesign: Engineering CAM into C3 Plants to Improve Photosynthesis and Water-Use Efficiency." He emphasized that with a changing climate, the land available for agriculture will decrease.

“There’s a big push in plant science to develop more efficient plants for agriculture,” he said.

Lim’s research focused on CAM photosynthesis, an adaptation some plants developed to arid and dry environmental conditions. Lim hopes that by engineering CAM photosynthesis into crop plants, agriculture will be able to adapt to a drier climate.

The University of South Dakota hosts weekly science lectures from faculty and researchers from institutions from all over the world. The lectures are generally on Monday and take place in Churchill-Haines Laboratories.


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


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