A new article on the Genetic Literacy Project website examines the potential of epigenetically manipulated crops as a means of breeding plants that can withstand drought, climate change or diseases. While researchers have developed GMO crops to cope with the added stresses of climate change, current regulatory hurdles significantly delay their approval. In this article, Sally Mackenzie, professor of plant science at the University of Nebraska and co-founder of Epicrop Technologies, discusses the potential of a new plant breeding technology that uses epigenetic manipulation.
The Plant Growth Regulation Society of America (PGRSA) is proud to announce that the 45th Annual Meeting of the PGRSA will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico from June 10 - 14, 2018. The conference will take place at the beautiful Sheraton Hotel & Casino. The conference will host technical sessions including the following topics: plant growth in extreme environments, light as a growth regulator and PRGs and biostimulants.
Researcher at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Awarded Grant for Plant Sensing and Signaling Research
Tessa Pocock, a plant physiology expert at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and her team received a $25,000 grant from William Beers, Black Belt/Senior Systems Engineer at Current, powered by GE. The grant will support her research on sensing and signaling in plants. Read "Edison Award Grant Committed to LESA Researcher."
New research from Dr. Nick Pullen and his team indicates that a plant’s genetics may be the “real limiting factor” in growth. While previous research has assumed that plant growth was limited by nutrition, water and sunlight, Dr. Pullen’s research shows that genetic regulation and cell division play a larger role in growth than expected. Read "Genetics May Lie at the Heart of Crop Yield Limitation."
According to an article in laboratoryequipment.com, a team of researchers received is using organic electronic ion pumps (OEIPs) to investigate the effects of hormones in plants. The OEIPs are considered a more useful means of precisely delivering plant hormones when trying to regulate plant physiology. Read "'Flower Power' Takes on a Whole New Meaning"