Funds to support advanced research and education programs aimed at gaining a greater understanding of how plants develop
“This project extends small RNA research that our lab has been doing for many years,” said
The new project focuses on Argonaute (or AGO) proteins, which physically interact with small RNAs. Land plants have many AGO genes that code for different flavors of AGO proteins. Small RNAs that interact with AGO proteins guide or direct the AGO proteins to act as gene silencing molecules, turning off genes that otherwise would be active.
“Some AGO proteins play critical roles in shutting off certain plant genes that control leaf architecture, and fruit development,” said Carrington. “Other AGO proteins play roles in anti-viral defense, and we want to understand how this specialization works at the molecular and cellular levels.”
The research, which will be done as a collaboration with the laboratory of
For over a decade, new technologies like gene silencing have been used to discover and investigate plant traits to improve crops. Gene silencing technology involving small RNAs has been used in crop plants to provide resistance against viruses and improve oil composition. Researchers are now advancing small RNA-based technology to deliver new products that improve yield and accelerate the ability for farmers to respond to changing growing conditions.
In addition to research, the grant will support education and outreach programs in the
The project will also contribute to building of a bioinformatics teacher -training module, which will be done via the “Tech Trunk” Program. Tech Trunks was developed at the Danforth Center by
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