Perennial corn could happen with new breeding tool
PlantSEED will help plant scientists begin to make better use of genome information by helping them create consistently accurate models for all plant genomes contained in the database.
Hanson, a faculty member with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, likens the new tool to models aeronautical engineers use when testing new equipment. They don’t build a brand new jet every time they want to test a new material, but instead, test it by plugging information into computer models.
Because of tools like PlantSEED, plant scientists will eventually be able to do the same, he said.
“You can’t really make as much use of the genome information as we should be able to until you can do that kind of modeling for plants, as well,” he said. “And that’s pretty much what this project is about.”
The other research team members include Samuel Seaver of The University of Chicago; Robert Olson, Gordon Pusch and Rick Stevens all of Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois; Océane Frelin, Louis Bradbury, Ghulam Hasnain and Thomas Niehaus, all of UF’s Department of Horticultural Sciences; Claudia Lerma-Ortiz, Rémi Zallot, Basma El Yacoubi and Valérie de Crécy-Lagard, all of UF’s Microbiology and Cell Science Department; Doreen Ware and Shiran Pasternak, both of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, and Ross Overbeek and Svetlana Gerdes of the Fellowship for Interpretation of Genomes, Burr Ridge, Illinois.
The research was funded by the National Science Foundation with additional support from the U.S. Department of Energy.
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