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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

CBC 2015 Conference Announcement
Oct 19, 2014

The Crop Bioengineering Consortium will hold its 2015 conference, Genome Editing: Foundations and Applications, from April 9th to 11th at the Iowa State University Alumni Center in Ames, Iowa.

More details will be available through the CBC website soon.

CBC Senior Investigator profiled by ISU News Service
Sep 24, 2014

ISU's News Service recently profiled Consortium Senior Investigator Carolyn Lawrence. The full article is available at http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2014/09/12/carolynlawrence

Members To Represent the CBC and ISU at NABC 26
Jun 04, 2014

The 2014 meeting of the North American Agricultural Biotechnology Council (NABC) will be held October 9th and 10th at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. The conference theme is "New DNA-Editing Approaches: Methods, Applications and Policy for Agriculture."
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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 »