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02/25/92

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Carnegie Institution breaks ground for new plant biology building

Maxine Singer, president of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, and Peter Raven, director of the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis, spoke Tuesday, Feb. 20, at ground-breaking ceremonies for the institution's new plant biology laboratory.

The 10,000 square foot building at 290 Panama St. is the first expansion since 1974 of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Plant Biology, an independent research center located on the Stanford campus since 1929. The new building will mean improved facilities and expanded lab space for the present faculty, according to business manager Mary Hill.

Renowned for their work on photosynthesis and other mechanisms by which plants respond to their environment, the center's seven faculty members cooperate with the Stanford Department of Biological Sciences in training graduate students and postdocs from around the world.

Led by Winslow Briggs, the plant biology department is one of five different research centers of the "institution for discovery" founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1902.

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