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High biomass switchgrass by CRISPR genome-editing

CBC member Shuizhang Fei (Associate Professor of Horticulture) and Bing Yang (Associate Professor of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology) have generated a switchgrass strain that produces high biomass using CRISPR/Cas9 genome-editing technology. More »

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Miller and Whitham participate in DARPA funded research to investigate insects as delivery systems for crop stress response traits
Aug 18, 2017

ISU faculty, and CBC members, W. Allen Miller and Steve Whitham, are contributing to a $10.3 million, four-year multi-institutional effort funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where they will devise ways to engineer insect-transmitted plant viruses to deliver genes that will aid crop plants during times of stress. More »

Yang receives USDA-NSF Plant Biotic Interactions Award
Aug 18, 2017

Dr. Bing Yang has received a USDA-NSF joint award for research to investigate the role of interfering TAL effectors in bacterial virulence mediated by a subfamily of resistance genes in rice. More »

CBC Co-director gave dinner speech to Iowa STEM Professional Development Workshop (Waukee, Iowa, July 17, 2017)
Jul 23, 2017

Kan Wang, CBC co-director, gave an invited dinner speech entitled “CRISPR genome-editing as modern breeding technology: how do we do it?” at the Iowa STEM workshop on July 17, 2017, in Waukee, Iowa. More »

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Scientists

Dr. Martin Spalding Dr. Martin Spalding

Founding Director Emeritus
Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology
Role: Genome-editing technology and trait discovery
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Dr. Kan Wang Dr. Kan Wang

Co-Director
Department of Agronomy
Role: Genetic transformation and genome editing technology development
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Dr. Jeffery Wolt Dr. Jeffery Wolt

Co-Director
Department of Agronomy
Role: Risk and Policy Analysis
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