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Genome-wide Association Mapping of Bio-fuel Traits in the Energy Crop Model, Brachypodium Distachyon

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Principal Investigator/Project Leader: 
Ana L.
Co-Principal Investigator/Co-Project Leader: 
Department of Project: 
Department of Biology
Project Description: 

Here, we propose to use a model grass species, Brachypodium distachyon, to initiate discoveries that can help realize the potential of plant-based renewable energy sources. With the research proposed, we will be discovering the extent of natural variation in traits relevant to biofuel production and identifying candidate loci controlling these variable traits. Our use of natural diversity to identify phenotypes that lead to greater fuel efficiency, and to ultimately identify genes underlying desirable feedstock traits, will aid in the development of optimal plant feedstocks for biofuel. This will further national and state goals of decreasing dependence on non-renewable, foreign oil sources.

Agriculture topics: 
Crop and Cropping System
Field Crops
Energy topics: 
Biomass/ Biofuels