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Walker lab addresses nutritional content of cereals by describing genes that bring iron to grains

Over two 2 billion people worldwide suffer from iron deficiency anemia due to poor nutrition. In a recent article published in the Annals of Botany, The Walker lab describes an important gene family for the biofortification of staple crops that could ameliorate this pervasive problem in the developing world.

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The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and UMass Amherst team up to improve biomass accumulation in energy crops

Plants utilize light energy to create biomass, as well as process light signals to interpret the environment. A collaboration between Todd Mockler and Sam Hazen is among the ten awards from the DOE-USDA Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy Program. They seek to use genomics and genetics in the model grass system Brachypodium distachyon to identify genes involved in light perception and signaling that will increase the yield and improve the composition of bioenergy grasses

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Brachypodium takes off as a model system

A recent article published in Plant Physiology, entitled Brachypodium as a model for the grasses: Today and the future, details the recent accent of Brachypodium disctachyon as a model for plant research. A large group of researches including UMass scientists Ana Caicedo and Sam Hazen describe a dramatic increase in scientific tool development and the promise of future discoveries.

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Baskin initiates international collaboration to study cellulose biosynthesis in grasses

Tobias Baskin spent five weeks working with Professors Azeddine Driouich and Patrice Larouge, directors of the Laboratoire de Glycobiologie et Matrice Extracellulaire Végétale at the University of Rouen, France. Baskin was doing an experiment studying the effect of microtubule inhibitors on cellulose synthesis.

The DOE Office of Science selects Sam Hazen for Early Career Research Award

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science announced today that 65 scientists from across the nation have been selected for five-year awards under the Office's Early Career Research Program. The five-year awards are designed to bolster the nation's scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work. The proposed research project, "Plant‐Microbe Genomic Systems Optimization for Energy", will explore the genetics of feedstock digestibility.

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