JBEI researchers sequence genes of mutant rice to learn how to improve bioenergy crops

July 5, 2017 |

In California, in a paper published in The Plant Cell, a team led by the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) with collaborators from UC Davis and the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI), reported the first whole-genome-sequenced, fast-neutron-induced mutant population of Kitaake, a model rice variety with a short life cycle.

Kitaake (Oryza sativa L. ssp. japonica) completes its life cycle in just nine weeks and is not sensitive to photoperiod changes. This novel collection will accelerate functional genetic research in rice and other monocots, a type of flowering plant species that includes grasses.

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