Dr. Geunhwa Jung
Associate Professor of Plant, Soil, and Insect Science
jung at psis.umass.edu
To work in the area of turfgrass genetics is to work on many different grass species all of which have relatively intractable genomes. They are large and duplicated. The Jung Group studies molecular genetics and breeding of disease resistance in grasses. These species are temperate grasses that are much more closely related to brachy than rice, for example. Thus, the brachy genome, which is completed sequenced, serves as a road map for other grass genome because they are syntenic. In other words, the genes and gene order are somewhat conserved between brachy and species such as Kentucky bluegrass, creeping bentgrass, and common bread wheat. So, in the absence of a genome sequence of various turfgrass species, Dr. Jung can explore the brachy genome in order to predict the genes in genetic interval of interest or test turfgrass gene function in brachy.