Welcome! Our primary research focus is the study of flowering time and seed development in plants. These two processes determine reproductive timing and fruit/seed generation, contributing to human and animal nutritional needs by way of quality and yield. We examine these developmental features in the context of plant response under conditions of abiotic stress such as salt, drought and photoperiod. More info...

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Maize Genome Sequenced

A publication by Schnable et al. reported today in the journal Science 2009, Vol. 326. no. 5956, pp. 1112-1115 the draft sequence of the maize B73 genome. 2.3Gb genome size is predicted to have over 32,000 genes. The genome data is released from the project website www.maizesequence.org.

Soybean Genome Sequence published

Today's Nature issue reports the sequence of the soybean genome by http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v463/n7278/full/nature08670.html ">Schmutz et al. Soybean is one of the most important legumes which went through two genome duplications about 59 and 13 million years ago, leading to multiple copies of nearly 75% of the genes, followed by gene diversification, loss and chromosome rearrangements. The 1.1Gb, 20 chromosome genome of Glycine max var.