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Plant biologists lead biobased-fuel research projects
Date:9/14/2010

and Barry Flinn (Institute for Advanced Learning and Research), in collaboration with John Seiler and Jerzy Nowak (Virginia Tech), will seek to study the mechanisms by which associated bacterial endophytes promote switchgrass growth and enhance stress tolerance as a step toward developing a low input and sustainable switchgrass feedstock production system.
  • ASPB members Stephen Moose, Patrick Brown (University of Illinois), and Max Moehs (Arcadia Biosciences) will investigate whether a particular gene system can be used to convert superior sorghum grain hybrids to cultivars enhanced for bioenergy production.
  • John Mullet, William Rooney, and ASPB member Patricia Klein (Texas A&M University) will identify the genetic and biochemical basis for increasing yield and improving the composition of high yielding energy crops such as energy sorghum, which would decrease the acreage required for biomass production.
  • ASPB members Markus Pauly (University of California, Berkeley) and Sarah Hake (USDA Agricultural Research Service Plant Gene Expression Center) will explore the vast genetic diversity of maize to identify and genetically characterize lines whose lignocellulosics yield higher amounts of sugars that can be used for bioenergy production.
  • ASPB member Gary Stacey, Jianlin Jack Cheng, and Dong Xu (University of Missouri), in collaboration with David Koppenaal and Ljiljana Paa-Tolić (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) will use the soybean root hair cell system as a model to explore the response of plant roots to heat and drought, which will provide insight on the impacts of changing climate on plants.
  • ASPB member John Vogel, Yong Gu, Gerard Lazo, and Olin Anderson (USDA Agricultural Research Service Western Regional Research Center) will generate a collection of model grass plants in which known genes are made inoperative in order to enable researchers to quickly determine the function of genes of interest.


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    301-296-0898
    American Society of Plant Biologists
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