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Date:4/20/2008

ds are needed to promote market acceptance and to accelerate the use of wireless sensors, and that ORNL has a long tradition of supporting the standards development process. Cost savings with wireless systems are substantial, as running wire in plants costs between $160 and $4,000 per foot. The typical payback is about six months for a wireless system vs. 23 months for wired. This research is funded by the Department of Energys Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. [Contact: Ron Walli, (865) 576-0226; wallira@ornl.gov]

BIOSCIENCE -- Genomic forensics for plants . . .

Want to sleuth out the secrets to plant behavior? You need a genomic signature, of course. Using the latest tools of genetic analysis, ORNL researchers have developed a way to determine why plants behave the way they do at a molecular level. The technique involves genetically analyzing plants exposed to an unknown environmental stress and then comparing that genomic signature against a database of already known phenotype information linked to specific genes within the plant. A network analysis determines the gene clusters responsible for the behavior. These clusters are then used to create a signature that ties a particular group of genes to a specific function of the plant. Tracing these genomic signatures will help scientists understand the mechanisms of plant response to climate-change and determine the best varieties of plants for bioenergy crops. [Contact: Larisa Brass, (865) 574-4163; brasslm@ornl.gov]

NEUTRON SCIENCE -- Spallation neutron record . . .

The Department of Energys Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's most powerful pulsed neutron spallation source. The SNS recently ramped up beam power to more than 300 kilowatts, producing 4.8 x 10e 16 neutrons per second
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Contact: Ron Walli
wallira@ornl.gov
865-576-0226
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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