Genomics of Grains

posted June 26, 2012

The new head of the Department of Plant Biology, Gary Muehlbauer (Associate Fellow), is highlighted in an article on the College of Biological Sciences website. Professor Muehlbauer uses MSI resources to study the genomes of barley, wheat, soybeans, and maize. One project, for example, involves studying the gene-expression profiles of grains during infection with Fusarium graminearum, the pathogen that causes head blight, a virulent disease of grain worldwide. Learning about the genomes of important grains may allow researchers to develop varieties with higher yields and better disease resistance.