Using cutting-edge technologies in molecular biology and plant genetics, my Sugarcane Breeding program at Texas A&M AgriLife Research has developed energy cane cultivars with high biomass yield, in partnership with Chevron Technologies Venture and BP Biofuels, that can be grown in a wider region of Texas and the United States, specifically designed for use in the production of bio-fuels. This program has also optimized efficient capabilities for scaling up production of feedstock planting stock. In addition, applying Next-Generation DNA sequencing techniques my program has identified and isolated genes controlling stress resistance, such as cold, which could prevent losses to the $3.8 billion US sugar industry and is developing DNA markers to tag important genes controlling cell wall composition and disease resistance.
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- Cholula, U., da Silva, J. A., Marconi, T., Thomasson, J. A., Solorzano, J., & Enciso, J. (2020). Forecasting Yield and Lignocellulosic Composition of Energy Cane Using Unmanned Aerial Systems. AGRONOMY-BASEL. 10(5), 718-718.
- Bedre, R., Irigoyen, S., Schaker, P., Monteiro-Vitorello, C. B., Da Silva, J. A., & Mandadi, K. K. (2019). Genome-wide alternative splicing landscapes modulated by biotrophic sugarcane smut pathogen. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. 9(1), 8876.
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- Ramasamy, M., Mora, V., Damaj, M. B., Padilla, C. S., Ramos, N., Rossi, D., ... Mandadi, K. K. (2018). A biolistic-based genetic transformation system applicable to a broad-range of sugarcane and energycane varieties. GM crops & food. 9(4), 1-17.
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