Genomics and Gene Discovery Research Unit
1 - Genomics and Gene Discovery
2 - Genomics and Bioinformatics of Small Grains
3 - Molecular Basis of Key Cereal Grain Traits
4 - Development of Biotechnological Resources for Biofuels
The primary aims of this project seek to improve the efficiency of biomass utilization through improved crop genetics. To accomplish this, the project is building on existing knowledge of cell wall biosynthesis to create modified lines of a high-yielding energy crop Panicum virgatum (switchgrass) through transgenesis that are more easily broken down to ethanol. To increase fundamental understanding of grass cell wall biosynthesis, a molecular genetic approach for identifying genes that alter cell wall composition which utilizes the model Brachypodium distachyon has been adopted.
Alteration of the activity of key lignin biosynthetic enzymes.
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