Statistics Colloquium
October 9 (Fri) 11 a.m.
Alavi Commons Room, 6625 Everett Tower

From genomics to phenomics: a functional study of genes regulating photosynthetic efficiency

Yan Lu
Department of Biological Sciences
Western Michigan University

Photosynthesis provides chemical energy for nearly all life forms on earth. The rising human population and the increasing demand for food, fiber, fuel and shelter generate needs for higher photosynthetic efficiency in crop plants. Therefore, it is important to have a better understanding of the process and the regulation of photosynthesis. Photosynthesis occurs in the chloroplast, where sugars, amino acids, and fatty acids are made. Using a phenomics approach, we subjected a large collection of plants with defects in individual chloroplast-targeted proteins to a series of functional assays, including measurement of photosynthetic efficiency. Analysis of resulting large-scale heterogeneous phenomics data allowed the identification of novel genes involved in the process and regulation of photosynthesis.

All statistics students are expected to attend.


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