“Imagine if you didn’t have to plant seeds for crops – if crops were just like your flowers and your maize just came up year after year”
Since the first plant genome sequence was obtained for the plant Arabidopsis in 2000, scientists have gene-sequenced everything from cannabis to castor bean.
University of Florida scientists were part of a research team that this week unveiled a new tool that will help all plant scientists label (“annotate” in researcher parlance) genes far more quickly and accurately and is expected to give a big boost to traditional and nontraditional plant breeders.
Christopher Henry, a computational biologist at the University of Chicago who had a leading role in creating the database, called PlantSEED, said it is an important step toward the engineering of improved crops, such as creating rice that grows more efficiently or is more drought resistant.
Or creating perennial corn.
“Imagine if you didn’t have to plant seeds for crops – if crops were just like your flowers and your maize just came up year after year,” he said.
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