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of WisconsinMadison), Gernot Presting* (University of Hawaii at Manoa), and Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra (University of California, Davis) will complete the sequence and assembly of the central region of chromosomes, known as centromeres, which will help in understanding these regions critical to chromosome activity and the production of artificial chromosomes in maize and related species. The project team also provides hands-on training through an annual workshop and facilitate international exchange with the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

  • Dean DellaPenna* with co-PIs C. Robin Buell* (both at Michigan State University), Edward S. Buckler* (Cornell University/USDA Agricultural Research Service), and Torbert R. Rocheford (Purdue University) and other collaborators will identify the genes and their most useful variants that determine the levels and compositions of vitamin E and carotenoids such as beta-carotene in maize seeds, building on work in the model plant Arabidopsis. This work will lead to breeding strategies to increase the levels of these compounds to enhance the quality of food and feed derived from maize. The project is tied to international breeding programs in developing countries and will engage a diverse group of students in education and outreach activities.

  • Claude W. dePamphilis* (Pennsylvania State University) with co-PIs Victor A. Albert (University at Buffalo, State University of New York), W. Brad Barbazuk (University of Florida), James Leebens-Mack (University of Georgia), Hong Ma* (Penn State and Fudan University, China), Douglas A. Soltis, and Pamela S. Soltis (both at the University of Florida) will sequence the Amborella trichopoda genome to aid in the understanding of the origin and early diversification of flowering plants, which include most crops and economically important plants. The team will also hold educational workshops for teachers and mentor minority students in plant sciences.


  • Contact: Adam Fagen
    American Society of Plant Biologists

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