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Our Mission

The ISU Crop Bioengineering Consortium (CBC) seeks to address the urgent, grand challenge to provide sufficient food, feed, biofuels and biorenewable chemicals for the world's burgeoning population, through basic and applied research to enable the bioengineering of valuable traits in a variety of crops.

Together, members of the CBC work together to deploy innovative, transformative genome engineering technologies that identify, validate, and rapidly but precisely integrate strategically important traits and underlying genes into key crop plants. Importantly, the novel technologies employed can produce bioengineered crops that contain no transgenes and thus may face less stringent regulation than classic genetically modified organisms (GMOs).



Consortium News

Thomas Baum to Receive Major Research Award
May 12, 2015

The American Phytopathological Society (APS) has named Thomas Baum, CBC member and chair of the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Iowa State University, the 2015 recipient of the Noel T. Keen Award for Research Excellence in Molecular Plant Pathology. In announcing the award, the APS calls Baum a “true pioneer and leader in the field of molecular plant nematology”. More on Baum and the Keen Award can be found on the APS website.

CBC Announces Five New Collaborators
Apr 20, 2015

The Crop Bioengineering Consortium is happy to welcome five new investigators from Iowa State University who will expand the Consortium’s interdisciplinary reach
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Genome Editing Symposium A Success
Apr 14, 2015

CBC Members and their colleagues from across the country and world gathered at Iowa State University from April 9th to 11th to discuss the latest advances in genome editing.
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Scientists

Dr. Martin Spalding Dr. Martin Spalding

Principal Investigator
Department of Genetics,
Development and Cell Biology
Role: Genome editing technology and trait discovery. Read More »

Dr. Kan Wang Dr. Kan Wang

Co-Principal Investigator
Department of Agronomy
Role: Genetic transformation and genome editing technology development. Read More »

Dr. Bing Yang Dr. Bing Yang

Co-Principal Investigator
Department of Genetics,
Development and Cell Biology
Role: Genome editing technology and trait discovery. Read More »