PLANT GENETIC DIVERSITY AND GENE DISCOVERY RESEARCH
Location: Forage and Range Research
Project Number: 5428-21000-012-15
Specific Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Sep 15, 2007
End Date: Sep 14, 2012
Characterize genetic diversity and identify genes or DNA markers associated with functionally important traits in drought-tolerant plants used for livestock production, bioenergy feedstocks, low-maintainance turf, rangeland revegetation, and other conservation uses in the western United States.
Genetic diversity in natural plant populations, cultivated plant varieties, or experimental families will be determined by DNA genotyping and DNA sequencing. Likewise, the association of genes and DNA makers with functionally important traits will be investigated in natural populations, cultivated varieties, and experimental families using high-throughput DNA genotyping, DNA sequencing, and global gene expression profiling techniques. Data will be analyzed and formated for open-ended bioinformatic research.