Functional genomics, bioinformatics, and DNA chip technology are fundamentally changing research on biological systems. Knowledge of complete genome sequences and high resolution genome technology provide an extraordinary opportunity to understand complex biological processes and to relate detailed understanding of protein structure and biochemical mechanism to the function of whole organisms and biological systems in nature.

Our research team is helping to build genome maps and DNA diagnostic microarrays/chips for analysis of global gene expression and biodiversity. This new technology is being used to explore the molecular basis of several fundamental plant responses: (1) light responsive genetic systems that help protect plants from damage by high intensity UV/blue light; (2) genetic systems that allow plants to adapt to the environment; (3) genes and signal transduction pathways that help protect plants from insects and disease; and (4) genes that regulate plant development (flowering time, fertility restoration, chloroplast development/number).

selected publications
Academic Articles178
  • Gleadow, R. M., McKinley, B. A., Blomstedt, C. K., Lamb, A. C., Møller, B. L., & Mullet, J. E. (2021). Regulation of dhurrin pathway gene expression during Sorghum bicolor development. Planta. 254(6), 119.
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  • Yu, K., McKinley, B., Rooney, W. L., & Mullet, J. E. (2021). High planting density induces the expression of GA3-oxidase in leaves and GA mediated stem elongation in bioenergy sorghum.. Sci Rep. 11(1), 46.
  • Farber, C., Wang, R., Chemelewski, R., Mullet, J., & Kurouski, D. (2019). Nanoscale Structural Organization of Plant Epicuticular Wax Probed by Atomic Force Microscope Infrared Spectroscopy.. Anal Chem. 91(3), 2472-2479.
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  • Farber, C., Li, J., Hager, E., Chemelewski, R., Mullet, J., Rogachev, A. Y., & Kurouski, D. (2019). Complementarity of Raman and Infrared Spectroscopy for Structural Characterization of Plant Epicuticular Waxes. ACS Omega. 4(2), 3700-3707.
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  • Casto, A. L., Mattison, A. J., Olson, S. N., Thakran, M., Rooney, W. L., & Mullet, J. E. (2019). Maturity2, a novel regulator of flowering time in Sorghum bicolor, increases expression of SbPRR37 and SbCO in long days delaying flowering.. PLoS One. 14(4), e0212154-e0212154.
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  • Bentley, A. R., Jensen, E. F., Mackay, I. J., Hnicka, H., Fladung, M., Hori, K., ... Cockram, J. (2013). Flowering Time. Genomics and Breeding for Climate-Resilient Crops. 1-66. Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
  • Mullet, J. (2009). Traits and Genes for Plant Drought Tolerance. Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry. Molecular Genetic Approaches to Maize Improvement. 55-64. Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
Conference Papers19
  • Glard, W., Herbulot, A., Devy, M., Debaeke, P., McCormick, R. F., Truong, S. K., & Mullet, J. (2017). Leaves Segmentation in 3D Point Cloud. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). 10617, 664-674.
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  • Kapanigowda, M. H., Payne, W. A., Rooney, W. L., Mullet, J. E., & Balota, M. (2014). Quantitative trait locus mapping of the transpiration ratio related to preflowering drought tolerance in sorghum (Sorghum bicolor).. Funct Plant Biol. 41(11), 1049-1065.
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  • Harris, K., Subudhi, P. K., Borrell, A., Jordan, D., Rosenow, D., Nguyen, H., ... Mullet, J. (2007). Sorghum stay-green QTL individually reduce post-flowering drought-induced leaf senescence.. J Exp Bot. 58(2), 327-338.
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  • Finkelstein, D. B., Jordan, W. R., Mullet, J. E., Wing, R. A., Drew, M. C., & Morgan, P. W. (1997). Differentially expressed cDNAs induced in maize root tips by mechanical impedance and hypoxia.. PLANT PHYSIOLOGY. 114(3), 1479-1479.
  • Finlayson, S. A., Lee, I. J., Creelman, R. A., Mullet, J. E., & Morgan, P. W. (1997). Phytochrome B and the regulation of circadian ethylene rhythms in sorghum by environmental signals.. PLANT PHYSIOLOGY. 114(3), 1477-1477.
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