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Reengineering plants to be more drought and salt tolerant

Story by: Robyn Feinberg

John Cushman is a foundation professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, whose research proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute has been picked for a partnership under its Plant Flagship Genomes program.

“The goal of the plant flagship program is basically to sequence genomes, or sequence transcriptomes of a series of target crops that are of importance to the mission of the Department of Energy, mainly as bioenergy feedstocks,” Cushman said. “And these can also include model species that grow rapidly and are easy to study to better understanding gene function.” (Read More)

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