ISSUE DATE: 07/02/2012
By Doug Rich
You may not be familiar with epigenetics, anthesis-silking interval, or cspB, but the crops you grow in the future will be more productive and more stress tolerant because of them.
Public and private researchers spoke during the global Water for Food Conference, held May 30 to June 1 in Lincoln, Neb., about the projects they are working on and new releases that are nearly ready for commercialization. Sally Mackenzie, founding director of the Center for Plant Science Innovation at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, discussed the potential of epigenome technology.
"This is something altogether different as we approach drought or any kind of stress," Mackenzie said. "Up until now we have never really exploited in a meaningful and directive way what is known as the epigenome. Generally, we have thought about the combination of genes and the identity of genes that can contribute to the interaction of plants and their environment. But there is a different level of genetics that is not just about the combination of genes we put into a crop but it is the way those genes are expressed."
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