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Research Abstracts Online
January 2008 - March 2009

University of Minnesota Twin Cities
College of Biological Sciences and
College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences
Department of Plant Biology

PI: Kathryn A. VandenBosch

Genomics of Plant Cell Walls and Plant Interactions With Microbes

Plants use many defense strategies against microbes and predators, including the activation of defensin genes to produce antimicrobial proteins. Recent interest in renewable energy has promoted an upsurge of research on plant traits related to production of biofuels. Plant cell wall characteristics strongly affect the availability of cellulose-derived sugar for fermentation. These researchers use two plant model systems, Arabidopsis and Medicago, to study traits important to biofuels and plant-microbe interactions. They use bioinformatics and functional genomics approaches for this work.

Group Members

Mesfin Tesfaye Gebeyaw, Research Associate
Sumitha Nallu, Graduate Student