Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

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Wheat and Barley Resistant to Fusarium Head Blight

Fusarium head blight (FHB, also known as head scab) is a disease of wheat and barley that results in dramatic losses of grain yield and quality. During infection Fusarium species produce a range of my...
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Ivan Rayment, Karl Wetterhorn | P170148US02

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Measuring Lignin in Corn Stalks

The lignin in corn stalks makes it difficult to process for biomass and harder for animals to digest. Levels are especially high in the tough outer ‘rind’ and vascular bundles of the stem. For th...
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Edgar Spalding, Sven Heckwolf | P140381US01

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New Protein Production Strategy for Plants

In animals, plants and other eukaryotic organisms, typically one protein is translated from each mRNA. Usually, translation can start only at one end of the mRNA strand. In contrast, several viruses ...
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Aurelie Rakotondrafara, Jincan Zhang | P140069US02

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Gene Controls Flowering Time in Corn

Plant development is marked by three phases: juvenile, adult vegetative and flowering. The timing between phases is known to impact traits like yield, productivity and tissue digestibility. However, t...
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Shawn Kaeppler, Natalia de Leon Gatti, German Muttoni, Jillian Foerster | P130256US02

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Increasing Resistance to Soybean Cyst Nematode with Polypeptides

Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is the most economically damaging pathogen for Unites States soybean production in most years. Annual losses top $700 million. Other countries like Brazil and China also ar...
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Andrew Bent, Brian Diers, Sara Melito, David Cook, Teresa Hughes, Xiaoli Guo, Tong Geon Lee, Jianping Wang, Matthew Hudson, Adam Bayless | P100292US03

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Yeast Genes That Affect Viral Replication

Positive-strand RNA viruses cause several major diseases of animals, plants and humans and show promise as vectors for gene therapy. Many steps in the replication of these viruses depend on specific h...
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Paul Ahlquist, Masayuki Ishikawa, Juana Diez, B. Duane Price, Wai-Ming Lee | P04029US

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Dominant Gene That Delays Flowering

The transition between vegetative growth and flowering (reproduction) represents a major developmental shift in the plant life cycle.
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Richard Amasino, Scott Michaels, Si-Bum Sung, Fritz Schomburg, Edward Himelblau | P01338US

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Dwarfism Genes and Dwarf Plants

Compact or dwarf crop plants have many advantages in agriculture, including denser growth, increased resistance to storm damage and reduced loss during harvesting. In horticulture, dwarf varieties are...
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Richard Amasino, Fritz Schomburg, Scott Michaels, Colleen Marion | P01061US

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Singlet Oxygen-Resistant Technologies

Rhodobacter sphaeroides is a photosynthetic bacterium that is a useful model system for photosynthesis. Singlet oxygen (1O2) is a toxic byproduct of photosynthesis and other biological pathways that c...
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Timothy Donohue, Jennifer Anthony, Kristin Warczak, Yann DuFour, Heather Green | P05368US

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