Vessels are specialized cell types that allow plants to move water around – they were also one of the most important innovation that allowed plants to move from water to land and play a big role in plant biomass productivity.
Uncover and characterize genes that control vessel development.
How are we doing this?
We are using quantitative genetics and genomic data to map the genes that control vessel development.
What is next?
New genes that we find to be involved in vessel development are then analyzed using molecular and cellular biology, and biotechnology tools such as CRISPR .
Who funds this work?
This project is funded through the USDA McIntire-Stennis Program, and other sources including the University of Florida.