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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

CRISPR Design Tool Released
Aug 04, 2015

CGAT, the CRISPR Genome Analysis Tool is now available! CGAT enables prediction of CRISPR targets within your sequences of interest and can predict off-targets genome-wide. The tool is currently loaded with the maize, soy, and rice genomes. Peanut, Arabidopsis, and Chlamy genomes are coming soon. CGAT can be found at cropbioengineering.iastate.edu/cgat.

Kan Wang’s Work Recognized as Plant Biology Milestone
Jul 13, 2015

The American Society of Plant Biologists has recognized Consortium Co-Principal Investigator Kan Wang’s work on nanoparticle delivery of DNA and chemicals into plant cells in its Milestones in Plant Science timeline. For more information see the ASPB timeline at milestones.aspb.org (see "2007 – Nanotechnology Penetrates Plant Cell Walls”).

Annual Meeting Set For June 17th & 18th
May 22, 2015

The CBC Annual Meeting will be held June 17-18, 2015 at the ISU Alumni Center. This is for CBC Members and their lab personnel only. Members should register by following this link.

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 »