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Research Project: Identification and Regulation of Critical Transcriptional Regulators under Biotic and Abiotic Stresses in Solanaceous Crops

Location: Genetic Improvement for Fruits & Vegetables Laboratory

Project Number: 8042-21000-305-004-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 30, 2022
End Date: Aug 28, 2024

Research to understand which photo-hormones and photo-metabolites are critical in developing novel tomato germplasm resistant to external stresses. Objectives are to develop novel information on the role of hormone(s) in regulating responses to biotic and abiotic stresses of plants grown in greenhouse versus open fields, and to provide mentorship to a postdoctoral researcher in cooperation with the Cooperator.

The Cooperator and Postdoctoral Fellow, under ARS direction, will analyze existing and newly developed elite germplasm for hormonal content and for resilience to specific biotic and abiotic stresses such as pathogens, drought, and heat. The ARS PI and Postdoctoral Fellow will analyze experimental tissues from elite germplasm and control plants exposed to stresses for impacts on the plant metabolome/transcriptome. RNAseq datasets and metabolome datasets will be jointly analyzed by the Cooperator, ARS PI, and the Postdoctoral Fellow. Appropriate statistics will be applied to define various interactions.