MSI Researchers Collaborate on Corn Genomics

posted September 5, 2012

Two MSI Principal Investigators in the Department of Plant Biology, Peter Tiffin and Nathan Springer, appear in a recent article on the College of Biological Sciences website. The article discusses Professors Springer and Tiffin’s collaborative genomics research into the domestication of maize.

Professor Springer uses MSI resources to study the role of epigenetics in contributing to phenotypic variation. (Epigenetics describes heritable variation that is not attributable to differences in DNA sequence.) His work appeared in MSI’s Annual Research Highlights 2011. Professor Tiffin uses MSI for genomics research of the model legume Medicago truncatula (barrel medic) to identify the genetic basis of ecologically and economically important traits.