Tracking Down Transposable Elements in Maize: New Map Will Aid Research and Breeding Efforts

Overview: A new map of transposons in maize will help identify the role of transposable elements, and help with the breeding of maize, a major global crop. Transposable elements (also called transposons or “jumping genes”) have been an elusive DNA component for decades, primarily because they’ve been so difficult to sequence and assemble, until now….

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Wheat Geneticist Jorge Dubcovsky Receives 2017 UC Davis Innovator of the Year Award

Jorge Dubcovsky, distinguished professor of plant sciences and Howard Hughes Medical Institute researcher, and Lara Downes, artist in residence at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, were named the 2017 Innovators of the Year by University of California, Davis, Interim Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter at a ceremony on June 8. These awards, which are…

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Gene Salad: Lettuce Genome Assembly Published

Represents most successful group of flowering plants  On April 12, 2017, UC Davis researchers announced in Nature Communications that they have unlocked a treasure-trove of genetic information about lettuce and related plants, releasing the first comprehensive genome assembly for lettuce and the huge Compositae plant family. Garden lettuce, or Lactuca sativa, is the plant species that includes a salad bar’s…

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Arabica Coffee Genome Sequenced: Coincides with Birth of California-Grown Specialty Coffee Industry

Quick Summary Will help develop disease-resistant varieties adaptable to climate change Sequence also key to improving coffee quality Aromatic Geisha variety used for sequencing WATCH THE VIDEO The first public genome sequence for Coffea arabica, the species responsible for more than 70 percent of global coffee production, was released on January 13 by researchers at…

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