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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 Co-PIs Kan Wang & Bing Yang Receive NSF grant
Apr 15, 2016

Crop Bioengineering Consortium Co-Principal Investigators Kan Wang (Professor of Agronomy) and Bing Yang (Associate Professor of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology) have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop CRISPR/Cas9 based tools for the study of gene function in Yams. They hope to create tools that will help to increase crop yields, disease resistance and nutritional value in this important crop. More information is available here.

CBC Winter Meeting Agenda Announced
Feb 09, 2016

The agendea for the 2016 Winter Meeting on February 26th & 27th has been finalized and is available here.

Registration open for Plant CRISPR Workshop
Dec 30, 2015

Registration for the CBC's Plant CRISPR Workshop on May 10th & 11th, 2016 is now available through ISU's Extension Office: https://goo.gl/HKGio0. Information about the workshop is available here and a flier is available for download here. More details will be available on the website soon.

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 »