HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
K-State, other universities to study how climate affects plant evolution

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State University is one of several universities that will share an estimated $5 million federal grant to study how plants respond to environmental changes and how the genetic pathways underlying their responses evolve in different climates.

"K-State is working with some of the premier labs in the world on this project, which is being funded by the National Science Foundation." said Steve Welch, professor in the university's agronomy department and the lead K-State researcher on the project. "We'll be studying ecology and genomics (genetic material) and how they interact -- it's a new area."

The research will examine how a plant's genome integrates environmental signals and evolves so that it blooms when it has the best chance to reproduce successfully, Welch said.

Plants' abilities in this regard illustrate an important capacity of many biological systems: the ability to assess multiple signals in responding to complex challenges.

The results of the project will be important for predicting how plants will respond to future climate change and will help to inform conservation management and crop improvement strategists, he said.

"Being on the forefront of the knowledge that will help feed the world of the future is not only gratifying for us personally, but also should be a real benefit for both our state and our country," said Ron Trewyn, K-State's vice provost for research.

Led by evolutionary ecologist Johanna Schmitt of Brown University, the team includes molecular biologists, evolutionary geneticists, plant modelers and computer scientists. Scientists at North Carolina State University; the University of Wisconsin; and the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, based in Tubingen, Germany, are also part of the project.

Total estimated funding to K-State through September 2009 is $1.4 million.

"It's an emerging discipline," said K-State assistant professor of
'"/>

Contact: Steve Welch
welchsm@k-state.edu
785-532-7236
Kansas State University
16-Sep-2004


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. New molecular link key to cellular proteins involved in cancer progression, other diseases
2. New hydrothermal vents discovered as South Pacific Odyssey research begins
3. Posters highlight water, energy and other natural resource research
4. Joslin Diabetes Center honors brothers living 70-plus years with type 1 diabetes
5. The search for a kinder, gentler chemotherapy
6. Green tea research leads to gum and other products
7. New survey reveals insights into unique relationship between mothers and pediatricians
8. Manatee population rising in some regions, likely stalled or declining in others
9. Study shows impact of emotionally healthy fathers when mothers poor mental health affects children
10. Another key for the p53 door
11. Study: Mothers turn fearless when peptide level drops

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:3/5/2020)... ... March 05, 2020 , ... ... Board (SAB) comprised of the industry’s key opinion leaders and distinguished research ... private industry. Cytonus is a leading cell-based platform technology company focused on ...
(Date:3/5/2020)... ... 2020 , ... Diagenode, a leading global provider of complete ... of global genomics leader BGI Group, today announced a co-marketing agreement for Diagenode’s ... Pacific. , Under the terms of the non-exclusive agreement, the two companies ...
(Date:3/4/2020)... ... March 04, 2020 , ... ... announced the release of a unique, multi-dimensional nutraceutical formula for ocular blue light ... and natural plant biology to increase the retina’s healthy pigmentation and improve the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:4/1/2020)... ... March 31, 2020 , ... ... a method using its revolutionary NEXTGENPCR endpoint thermocycler and consumables that decreases ... volumes, increased samples per run, and standard, affordable laboratory equipment, a qualitative ...
(Date:3/19/2020)... Md. (PRWEB) , ... March ... ... a clinical supply and manufacturing collaboration agreement with pioneering gene circuit company ... cell therapies for ovarian cancer and other solid tumor indications. The collaboration ...
(Date:3/10/2020)... ... March 10, 2020 , ... ... cold chain biopharmaceutical engineering firm, is pleased to announce the addition of ... combination medical device qualification and validation in the biopharmaceutical cold chain. He ...
(Date:3/3/2020)... ... 2020 , ... Ideal Implant Incorporated Founder and CEO, Robert ... the IMCAS Innovation Shark Tank 2020 in Paris, France in January. The international ... science industries that promise to revolutionize medical practices in their fields. , ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: