Navigation Links
MU plant genome research receives $3 million boost from National Science Foundation
Date:11/29/2010

The University of Missouri recently received a boost to its plant genetics research with the receipt of three new Plant Genome Research Program awards from the National Science Foundation. The awards, which range from $600,000 to $1.5 million over five years, will support projects that further knowledge of how plant genes function and govern plants' interactions with their environment in three economically important crops corn, soybean, and canola.

Gary Stacey, a professor of plant sciences, is principal investigator on a four-year, $1.5 million project to use soybean root hairs as a model system for studying cellular function in plants. Co-investigators on the project include Dong Xu and Jianlin Cheng, MU professors of computer science with expertise in bioinformatics and systems biology. Stacey, Xu, and Cheng are all investigators in the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center.

Scott Peck, associate professor of biochemistry in the Bond Life Sciences Center, is co-investigator on a four-year, multi-institutional research project that will aid in developing canola with greater tolerance to drought conditions.

James Birchler, a curators' professor of biological sciences, is co-principal investigator on a multi-institutional project to study the functional genomics of chromosome centromeres in maize.

Peck and Birchler will receive approximately $600,000 and $900,000, respectively, to support the portion of the work to be conducted at the University.

"These three new plant genome awards strengthen MU's already competitive ranking in plant science research," said professor John C. Walker, director of the Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG) at the university. His remark makes reference to the university's recent ranking by Times Higher Education of 15th among top international educational institutions with the most influence in plant and animal sciences research reports and reviews, according to rankings. All of the investigators are members of the IPG.


'/>"/>

Contact: Melody Kroll
KrollMM@missouri.edu
573-884-4414
University of Missouri-Columbia
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Formula discovered for longer plant life
2. Commercial aquatic plants offer cost-effective method for treating wastewater
3. Structures of important plant viruses determined
4. Research about plant viruses could lead to new ways to improve crop yields
5. UC Riverside biochemists devise method for bypassing aluminum toxicity effects in plants
6. Reproducing early and often is the key to rapid evolution in plants
7. MSU scientists find new gene that helps plants beat the heat
8. Diversity of plant-eating fishes may be key to recovery of coral reefs
9. Researchers design artificial cells that could power medical implants
10. Plant-eating predator to fight superweed is not magic bullet
11. When under attack, plants can signal microbial friends for help
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/15/2016)... , March 15, 2016 Yissum Research ... the technology-transfer company of the Hebrew University, announced today ... remote sensing technology of various human biological indicators. Neteera ... $2.0 million from private investors. ... on the detection of electromagnetic emissions from sweat ducts, ...
(Date:3/11/2016)... Germany , March 11, 2016 http://www.apimages.com ... - Cross reference: Picture is available at AP Images ( http://www.apimages.com ... from DERMALOG will be used to produce the new refugee identity ... other biometric innovations, at CeBIT in Hanover ... scanner from DERMALOG will be used to produce the new refugee ...
(Date:3/10/2016)...   Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS ) today ... is testing its biometric identity solution at the Otay Mesa ... help identify certain non-U.S. citizens leaving the country. ... help determine the efficiency and accuracy of using biometric technologies ... run until May 2016. --> the United ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... May 31, 2016 , ... RURO, Inc., a ... a minor release with several important advancements to ease data entry, enhance security, ... years, Limfinity® has become one of the most sought after options by large ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... 30, 2016 , ... Doctors in Italy say mesothelioma patients with the highest ... lower levels. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted an article on the new research. ... and La Spezia, Italy tested the blood serum, tumors, and lung fluid of 45 ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... 27, 2016 , ... NeuMedics Inc. is pleased to announce that CEO Iain ... on June 2, 2016. The session begins at 1:10 PM and Iain will present ... successfully used as a topical agent and a treatment for ophthalmic complications of diabetes. ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... , ... May 27, 2016 , ... Doctors in Italy, ... of studies on the BRCA-1 associated protein (BAP1) gene and its link to malignant ... Click here to read the full article now. , The studies analyzed ...
Breaking Biology Technology: