Engineer Water-Efficiency Genes


Water-Efficiency Genes

WEST is engineering sorghum plants with genes for reduced water loss and improved crop canopies. Genes have been identified that decrease the number of stomata and create crop canopies with lighter green, more vertical leaves. These genes will be optimized and expressed in sorghum. Using novel and rapid phenotyping methods, WEST will continue to screen for water-use-efficiency traits in the field.

Tom Clemente
John Ferguson
Samuel Fernandes
Andrew Leakey
Don Ort
Eric Sedivy
Ravi Valluru
Chad Hayes