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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