COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M AgriLife Research is investing in the future of rapid crop design with improved traits through the deployment of two new labs and a half-million dollar seed grant program to jump-start the process. “We are pleased to announce a new funding opportunity that focuses on building a pipeline for genome editing in agriculturally important crops in Texas and beyond,” said Dr. Bill McCutchen, executive associate director of AgriLife Research, College Station.
“The recent development of the Crop Genome Editing Lab and the MultiCrop Transformation Lab, coupled with the existing capabilities of the Genomics and Bioinformatics Service Lab, uniquely positions us to research and discover novel methods and solutions for important traits across multiple crops,” McCutchen said.
“We have this technology and we are open for business,” Dr. Charlie Johnson said. “This is part of AgriLife Research’s continued investment into agriculture and life science platforms and providing the latest technology and corresponding seed grants to our faculty.”