Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Date: May 4, 2015. Kevin Panke-Buisse: Rhizosphere Microbiome: Manipulation and Investigation

Kevin Panke-Buisse is a PhD Candidate in the Kao-Kniffin Lab in the Horticulture section of the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University.

Soil microorganisms found in the root zone impact plant growth and development, but the potential to harness these benefits is hampered by the sheer abundance and diversity of the players influencing desirable plant traits. This talk will outline some of the ways we can manipulate the rhizosphere microbiome and look at shifts across treatments via 16s sequencing.

Date: May 04, 2015
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Weill hall, Room 321

Monday, April 13, 2015

Date: Apr 20, 2015. Jeff Glaubitz: The Maize Rare Alleles Project: Biology & Bioinformatics

Jeff Glaubitz is a Senior Research Associate and the Project Manager of Panzea - the NSF Maize Diversity Project.

The NSF project Biology Of Rare Alleles In Maize And Its Wild Relatives (Ed Buckler, PI) is combining the power of population genetic and molecular models with quantitative genetics to elucidate the relative contributions of rare versus common alleles to phenotypic variation and evolution. We are taking advantage of recent advances in high-throughput genotyping and phenotyping methodologies to identify the key biological attributes of variants (genome annotations) that will allow us to better predict the functional effects of rare alleles in Zea. This information will then be used to accelerate crop improvement either through more accurate genomic selection or via future genome editing approaches. We hope to enhance the effectiveness of plant breeding by improving our ability to identify, predict, and select on the effects of rare variants, both deleterious and beneficial. In this talk I will give an overview of the biological goals of this project and the various bioinformatic tools that are being developed to achieve these goals, with an emphasis on TASSEL.

Date: April 20, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Weill hall, Room 321