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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences
Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics

PI: Gary J. Muehlbauer, Associate Fellow

Genomics Analysis of Wheat, Barley, Soybean, and Maize

These researchers use resources at MSI to study aspects of the barley, wheat, soybean, and maize genomes. One area of interest is the gene expression profiles of barley and wheat during infection with Fusarium graminearum. The researchers are also examining the gene expression profiles in four low-branching barley mutants. In addition, they are examining gene expression in maize shoot apical meristems. Another area of interest is genetic mapping of loci in barley and maize that control agronomic and morphological traits. The researchers are mapping loci that that control shoot apical meristem size and leaf traits in maize. They also plan to map loci that control agronomic traits in wild barley accessions. They use association genetics approaches to mapping loci controlling agronomic traits in barley. They are initiating efforts to examine the barley genome through the use of comparative genomic hybridization and next generation sequencing technologies.

Group Members

Yung-Tsi Bolon, Research Associate
Tim Close, University of California, Riverside, California
Yadong Huang, Research Associate
Lin Li, Research Associate
Maria Munoz, Research Associate
Liana Nice, Graduate Student
Ron Okagaki, Research Associate
Anna Sawyer, Graduate Student
Sanghyun Shin, Research Associate
Addie M. Thompson, Graduate Student
Hongyun Wang, Research Associate