into polymers and then the joining of polymers into a framework and the stretching and discrete changes the framework, or cell wall, undergoes as cells enlarge," Carpita said. "Some plant cells have a propensity to enlarge as much as 10,000 times their original size during plant growth."
The project has established a Web site to share information with other plant and biotechnology researchers. The team also is using the project as a basis for launching new teaching, outreach and intern programs, including attracting and assisting minorities in scientific and agricultural pursuits.
This funding is one of 23 grants totaling $75.6 million made this year under the NSF Plant Genome Research Program.
The other researchers participating in this collaborative grant project in addition to Carpita and McCann are:
Purdue scientists Chris Staiger, Department of Biological Sciences; Bradley Reuhs, Department of Food Science's Whistler Center for Carbohydrate Research; Wilfred Vermerris, departments of Agronomy and Biological Engineering; Anthony Bleecker and Sara Patterson of the University of Wisconsin; Karen Koch and Donald McCarty of the University of Florida; Wolf-Dieter Reiter of the University of Connecticut; and Steven Thomas, National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Thomas will be working at the Purdue campus during this project.
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