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Becoming Weeds

Ana Caicedo is an author on a new paper about a new resequencing analysis of weedy rice (Oryza sativa L.) biotypes illuminates distinct evolutionary paths and outcomes of de-domestication and ferality. This largest effort to date in weedy plant genomics gives a better understanding of weediness while also providing a promising source of alleles for rice breeding.  Read More

We are pleased to announce the following PB thesis defense:

ELISHA ALLEN-PERKINS
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
1:15 PM
202 Paige
Thesis Title: The Hidden Ecosystem on Golf Courses: Investigations into the Turf Phtyobiome
Advisor: Geunhwa Jung
 

 

Evolutionary approach to investigating stem cells’ role in fruit yields using a CRISPR/Cas9 multiplex knockout strategy

Madelaine Bartlett

Plant genome scientist and evolutionary biologist, Madelaine Bartlett, in collaboration with researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, N.Y. and the University of North Carolina, is looking at ways to better understand evolutionary genetics of plants.  The National Science Foundation has awarded a four-year $4 million grant ($812,000 to Bartlett) for the team to study genetic regulation of plant stem cells and their role in higher fruit yields.  Read more

Plant Biology researchers utilize UMass Amherst’s library of plant cell cultures to facilitate new collaborations with biotech industry

Plant cell culture sample

Molecular biologists are making new discoveries with applications in biotech, pharmaceutical and agricultural areas of research using new technology.  In collaboration with a South Korean biotechnology company, PCL, UMass researchers are utilizing new tools to detect and identify plant molecules from the campus’ plant cell culture library (PCCL).  Read more

Sam Hazen awarded NSF grant to study gene regulation of cell wall growth in Brachypodium in collaboration with local biotechnology group

The grass species Brachypodium is a model for the Hazen lab to better understand the transcription networks regulating secondary cell wall biosynthesis.  The research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is part of a Small Business Innovation Research program, and the three-year $713,000 award will fund research aimed at demonstrating how higher yields of renewable biomass can be provided by adapting the processes of secondary cell wall gene regulation that take place in grasses. Read More