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ASPB members lead new plant genome research program awards
Date:11/5/2010

the plant sciences worldwide. With a membership of nearly 5,000 plant scientists from throughout the United States and more than 50 other nations, the Society publishes two of the most widely cited plant science journals: The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology. For more information about ASPB, please visit http://www.aspb.org/. Also follow ASPB on Twitter @ASPB.

National Science Foundation Plant Genome Research Program 2010 Awards

Principal investigator (PI) and co-PIs are listed
(* indicates member of American Society of Plant Biologists)

  • Henry W. Bass with co-PIs Jonathan H. Dennis, Karen M. McGinnis (all at Florida State University), and Oghenekome U. Onokpise (Florida A&M University) will characterize the genetic structure of the maize genome using novel biochemical and computational techniques to map the location of DNA structural elements and their impact on gene expression. The project will engage the public through a living map of the maize chromosomes made up of corn plants, the Maize-10-Maze.

  • Thomas P. Brutnell* (Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research), co-PI Erik W. Vollbrecht* (Iowa State University), and collaborators will develop a resource to define gene function in maize using transposable elements, which will facilitate the efforts of scientists to connect gene sequence with function. The project will also engage educators in developing and implementing inquiry-based plant science activities for high school and college biology courses.

  • Ana L. Caicedo (University of Massachusetts Amherst), co-PIs Kenneth M. Olsen (Washington University) and Yulin Jia (University of Arkansas/USDA Agricultural Research Service Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center), and collaborators will examine the evolution of red rice, a weedy relative of domesticated rice. Identification of genes
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Contact: Adam Fagen
afagen@aspb.org
301-296-0898
American Society of Plant Biologists
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