Huntsville, Ala. — Jeremy Schmutz, faculty investigator at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, has received a grant from the Department of Energy that will identify genes in a potential biofuel source. Schmutz, who co-directs the Genome Sequencing Center at HudsonAlpha, will analyze the natural genetic mechanisms of how switchgrass, a native prairie grass, adapts to its local environment. HudsonAlpha will receive $1.2 million over five years to complete the study.
Research will facilitate a new era of DNA-informed breeding and biology for cotton.
HudsonAlpha faculty investigator Jane Grimwood, Ph.D., will share a $2.4 million grant with four other researchers to continue genomics research on Upland cotton. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the research is intended to advance the groundbreaking discovery published in the April edition of Nature Biotechnology, which explained how researchers, including Chris Saski of Clemson University, decoded the genetic makeup of Upland cotton for the first time.
New DNA sequencing system provides highest accuracy, longest reads
Huntsville, Ala. — The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has purchased the latest sequencing system, manufactured by Pacific Biosciences, for use in the Institute’s plant genomics research. The technology will enable the Institute’s Genome Sequencing Center to solve current, real-world problems facing agriculture today.
Research to accelerate breeding and commercialization of bioenergy sorghum hybrids
Huntsville, Ala. — The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, in collaboration with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and others, has been awarded an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy ARPA-E TERRA program to conduct research aimed at accelerating breeding and commercial release of economically viable bioenergy sorghum hybrids.