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Advancing Crop Science: Insights from the CROPS Conference at HudsonAlpha

The CROPS conference took place from June 3rd to 6th at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Alabama. The meeting focused on the application of genomic technology to crop improvement and brought together over 100 leading crop scientists and

Unraveling the Genetic Basis of Sorghum Plant Color: Insights into Phenotypic Traits and Fungal Resistance

Researchers investigated the genetic basis of sorghum plant color, revealing complex interactions between multiple loci and candidate genes associated with phenotypic traits and fungal resistance.

CSI Seminar Tesfaye Mengiste, June 11 at 11 AM CT

The Center for Sorghum Improvement (CSI) is hosting a virtual seminar given by Tesfaye Mengiste, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Purdue University, on Tuesday, June 11 at 11 AM CT. The title of his talk is “Leveraging Genomics and Molecular Genetics for Gene Discovery and Integrated Improvement of Sorghum.”

Plant Biology 2024 Conference in Honolulu, HI, June 22 – 26

The American Society of Plant Biologists is Celebrating 100 years of advancing plant science and creating an international plant science community at the Plant Biology 2024 conference, which will be taking place in Honolulu, Hawaii from June 22nd to 26th.

Deciphering the Molecular Landscape of Bioenergy Sorghum Stems: Insights from Cell-Type-Specific Transcriptomics and Regulatory Networks

Fu et al. utilize laser capture microdissection to dissect and analyze transcriptomes from distinct cell types in bioenergy sorghum stems, revealing intricate gene regulatory networks and molecular mechanisms governing stem development and secondary cell wall formation.

Genome-wide Exploration of Greenbug-Inducible NAC Transcription Factors Unveils Insights into Sorghum Defense Mechanisms

A comprehensive analysis identified 112 Sorghum NAC genes, characterized their phylogenetic distribution and structural diversity, and uncovered nine greenbug-inducible SbNAC genes, shedding light on their potential roles in sorghum defense against aphids.

HPC-GVCW: Accelerating SNP Detection in Major Crops through High-Performance Computing and Parallelized Workflows

HPC-GVCW offers a high-performance computing-based workflow for rapid SNP detection in major crops, significantly reducing execution times and facilitating the exploration of genetic diversity essential for molecular-assisted selection breeding programs.

2023 International Year of Millets Webinars Available Online

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations declared 2023 the International Year of Millets (IYM 2023) and, along with stakeholders, organized events and outreach activities. Recordings of their fascinating webinar series, as well as other events and

Unveiling Conservation in Plant Extracellular Vesicle Proteomes: A Sorghum and Arabidopsis Study

This study on Sorghum bicolor and Arabidopsis thaliana extracellular vesicles reveals partial conservation in protein content, providing crucial insights into the dynamic nature of intercellular communication and defense responses in plant cells.