Genes Affecting Plant Regeneration and Transformation in Poplar

Regeneration of differentiated organisms from single cells is a critical need for functional genomics and for the production of genetically engineered organisms. The project will conduct a genome-wide investigation of the genes that control regenerability and transformation (RT) in Populus, which is one of the best studied crop species with respect to these traits. Extensive genomic resources for Populus will be leveraged, including rich transcriptome databases, a high-quality reference genome, and a fully resequenced genome-wide association study (GWAS) population of 1,084 undomesticated genotypes with extremely low levels of linkage disequilibrium. The value of the GWAS population for gene identification for a variety of traits, including those related to in vitro regeneration, has already been established. The project will identify genetic elements that control RT, develop novel phenomic methods based on image analysis, and develop new social science and education methods for teaching about genetic engineering to diverse high school students and teachers. More about the project background and expected deliverables (PDF, September 2016).

News and Reports

We held our first Advisory Committee meeting on 12/20/2016 and 12/22/2016 with great success. A full PDF (19 MB) of the nine combined presentations can be downloaded here.

Advisory Committee members filled out a short survey after the meeting to reflect and give feedback. Check out their results!

 OSU receives $4 million grant to identify mechanisms for control of genetic engineering in plants, OSU Press Release, Nov. 22, 2016

$4M OSU genetic engineering grant includes a Monsanto connection, Portland Business Journal, Nov. 22, 2016