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News : 100 days of science: UA corn-genetics work enabling quicker adaptations for vital crop
webmaster Posted on 2012/7/13 11:44:49 ( 960 reads )

Click to see original Image in a new windowThe Arizona Daily Star's Centennial salute to science in Arizona runs all summer. Each day, for 100 days, we'll record a milestone in the state's scientific history.

Researchers at the University of Arizona followed up their 2004 sequencing of the rice genome with work on the other important cereal crop - corn.

It took about 50 researchers - including 10 working full time at the UA - $30 million and four years to produce a blueprint for manipulating the corn, or maize, genome.

That was a big improvement over the six years and $200 million it took to crack the code for rice. Improvements in knowledge, techniques and equipment are quickly chipping away at the cost of genetic research, said Rod Wing, director of the Arizona Genomics Institute.

Similar studies could be done today for $500,000, Wing said.

The roadmaps produced by the plant geneticists will enable quicker adaptations for a host of food crops, said Wing.

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News : 100 days of science: Gene researcher strives to create super-rice that will feed billions
webmaster Posted on 2012/7/9 11:18:35 ( 971 reads )

Click to see original Image in a new windowRod Wing, director of the Arizona Genomics Institute, holds a petri plate of E. coli clones containing corn DNA. His lab is leading a project to sequence genes of wild rice.







The Arizona Daily Star's Centennial salute to science in Arizona runs all summer. Each day, for 100 days, we'll record a milestone in the state's scientific history.

Rod Wing, director of the Arizona Genomics Institute, said he likes to "surprise people" by telling them the University of Arizona is the largest producer of rice in the state.

The rice grows in experimental plots in the greenhouses and fields of the UA's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences - an outgrowth of research in Wing's lab to help solve the Earth's looming food crisis by creating new strains of the cereal crops that make up 60 percent of humankind's diet.

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News : UA Geneticists Help Make Tomato Genome an Open Book
webmaster Posted on 2012/5/31 15:37:58 ( 3698 reads )

Click to see original Image in a new windowAn international consortium has deciphered the genetic code of the cultivated tomato and a wild relative.

The complete genetic information of the cultivated tomato and its closest wild relative, Solanum pimpinellifolium, have been sequenced by the Tomato Genome Consortium, or TGC, a group of more than 300 scientists from 14 countries.

Published as a cover story in the May 31 issue of the journal Nature, the results from this effort are expected to reduce costs and streamline efforts to improve tomato production and resistance to pests and drought.

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News : The Arizona Genomics Institute participation at this weekend's Tucson Festival of Books
  webmaster Posted on 2012/3/12 15:30:00 ( 1394 reads )

The Arizona Genomics Institute in action at Science City (3/2012) -- “Feeding the World with Rice Genomics”
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News : USA Rice Daily -- Arizona Researcher Pursuing Drought-Tolerant Rice Varieties
webmaster Posted on 2012/1/31 22:10:00 ( 73493 reads )

Click to see original Image in a new windowTUCSON, AZ -- With much drier and warmer than average weather conditions affecting much of Texas for more than a year, news that a rice researcher at the University of Arizona is developing desert-friendly rice varieties for U.S. and international growers is likely to be well received. Dr. Paul Sanchez, a rice breeder and wild rice specialist, is researching promising heat-and drought-tolerant rice varieties that can be grown not only in the Arizona desert, but also other areas that are impacted by drought and extremely warm temperatures. The project is supported by Dr. Rod A. Wing, Antle professor and director of the Arizona Genomics Institute.

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News : AGI will be participating in the 9th Annual Math & Science Fun Fest (2/16-17/2012)
webmaster Posted on 2012/1/27 16:30:00 ( 1329 reads )

Tucson’s Annual Math Science Technology Funfest (MSTFF) will be featuring hands-on and informational activities aimed at getting students excited about the WONDER FULL WORLD OF PLANTS and plant science under the overarching theme of “Feeding The World”. Please come out to the Tucson Convention Center on February 16th & 17th from 9am-1pm and join the fun and excitement of teaching kids about the importance of our research and that they too can make a difference in helping solve the 9-billion people question. If interested in volunteering it’s not too late – please contact Ms. Caryl Jones (AGI’s outreach coordinator) at cjones@cals.arizona.edu, and/or Dr. Tanya Quist at tquist@cals.arizona.edu for more information. See you there!!!!!!!!
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News : UA-HZAU 2nd Bilateral Shennong Center Symposium
  webmaster Posted on 2012/1/10 8:00:00 ( 1366 reads )

January 12th - 13th, 2012 • Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch Building
Speakers:
Xianlong Zhang, Xiangfeng Bryan Wang, Changyin Wu, Chieri Kubota, Lizhong Xiong, Mike Barker, Zhibiao Ye, Eric Lyons, Shelly McMahon, Meizhong Luo, Mark Beilstein, Jinling Meng, Rebecca Mosher, Yongzhong Xing, Shane Burgess, Rod A. Wing …

News : A young AGI scientist and high school student, participated in this summer's internship program called KEYs
webmaster Posted on 2011/7/31 23:50:00 ( 856 reads )

Carlos Ramirez, a young AGI scientist and high school student, participated in this summer's internship program called KEYs: " Keep Engaging Youth in Science ". Carlos worked on comparative alignments and observations of 5 Oryza species using physical map data, BAC clones end sequences (BES) and pseudomolecule sequences.

http://uanews.org/node/40657

News : Extraordinary Faculty Award to Dr. Rod Wing
webmaster Posted on 2011/5/31 23:50:00 ( 1115 reads )

Extraordinary Faculty Award Dr. Rod Wing is a Professor of Plant Science, Bio5 Institute and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and the Director of the Plant Genomics Institute, whose primary focus is in the area of structural, evolutionary and functional genomics of crop plants.
http://cals.arizona.edu/alumni/AlumniPage/2011AlumAssociation.html

News : On March 4th, 2011, AGI hosted its first Plant Science Family Night (PSFN) at Ventana Vista Elementary School
webmaster Posted on 2011/4/1 0:00:00 ( 850 reads )

On March 4th, 2011, AGI hosted its first Plant Science Family Night (PSFN) at Ventana Vista Elementary School. Read a local news article about this exciting event and download the PSFN Journal we distributed highlighting the importance of plant science research in our community. Our next PSFN will be held at the same location on September 30, 2011. Details here.

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