Researchers conduct large-scale field experiment to uncover the genetic basis of local adaptation in switchgrass
To better understand the genetic basis of local adaptation, researchers from HudsonAlpha, University of Texas at Austin, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (JGI) established community gardens of switchgrass plants in 10 different field sites on a north-south gradient across the United States.
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HudsonAlpha scientists generate reference genome for the peanut, giving insight into how food crops are domesticated
Scientists at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, along with collaborators at the University of Georgia & USDA Stoneville, have created a reference genome for Arachis hypogaea, the species of peanut that has become an important food crop over the last 9,400 years. Roughly 44-million tons of this peanut are produced annually.
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HudsonAlpha, Auburn seeking applications for Assistant/Associate Professor of Plant Genomics
The Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture at Auburn University, in cooperation with the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, is seeking applications for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor – Plant Genomics. The individual in this position will be a member of the faculty in the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture at Auburn, however, the position location will be in Huntsville, Ala. at HudsonAlpha.
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HudsonAlpha secures $3.9 million from National Science Foundation to work toward the crops of tomorrow
The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology along with partners at the University of Nebraska will work on understanding how sorghum responds to nitrogen-based fertilizer and educating the next generation of scientists in Agrigenomics. The opportunity comes from a four-year, $3.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
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Cotton goes to space: HudsonAlpha and Clemson University selected for Cotton Sustainability Project on International Space Station
A Clemson University and HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology project to explore the cotton genome and how it reacts differently in micro-gravity and normal gravity has been selected as a winner in the Cotton Sustainability Challenge. The Challenge, run by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, and sponsored by Target Corporation, provided researcher and innovators the opportunity to propose solutions to improve crop production on Earth by sending their concepts to the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory.
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Genes found in drought-resistant plants could accelerate evolution of water-use efficient crops
HudsonAlpha researchers collaborated on a project led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory identifying a common set of genes that different drought-resistant plants to survive in semi-arid conditions. This discovery could play a significant role in bioengineering and creating energy crops that are tolerant to water deficits.
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HudsonAlpha researchers lead liverwort analysis
Though it’s found around the world, it’s easy to overlook the common liverwort – the plant can fit in the palm of one’s hand and appears to be comprised of flat, overlapping leaves. Despite their unprepossessing appearance, these plants without roots or vascular tissues for nutrient transport are living links to the transition from the algae that found its way out of the ocean to the established multitude of land plants.