Start Date: May 16, 2008
End Date: Sep 30, 2010
Determine global patterns of gene expression in genotypes that differ in fiber properties. Determine global patterns of gene expression in cotton ovule cultures that are induced to express secondary cell wall CesA genes prematurely. Use comparative genomic approaches to predict the identity of transcription factors regulating expression of the subset of cellulose synthase genes involved in secondary wall production. Validate transcription factor candidates by functional genomic approaches in model systems and cotton. This project operates under Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) and is suitable for work involving agents of moderate potential hazard to personnel and the environment. Biosafety level certified on November 9, 2007.