How sex chromosomes diverged within a species

Posted 4 months 2 weeks ago
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New research from an international team of breeders, genome scientists, and plant biologists at UGA sheds light on longstanding questions about the origin and early evolution of sex chromosomes, and at the same time serves as a foundation for asparagus breeding efforts:

While most flowering plants are hermaphrodites, garden asparagus plants are typically either male (XY) or female (XX), although YY "supermales" can be produced in the greenhouse. Growers prefer all-male plants, as they live longer and do not self-seed. Breeders produce all-male XY seed by crossing an XX female, with...

Kudos, September 2017

Posted 5 months 3 weeks ago

Franklin College faculty and students continue to push the University of Georgia forward in every way. A sample of notable accomplishments during September:

The Georgia Debate Union kicked off its 2017-2018 season by having three teams earn top 5 finishes in across multiple divisions at the Georgia State University debate tournament held on September 16-18.  Over 150 intercollegiate debate teams from around the country competed over the weekend in Atlanta. 

The junior varsity team of Andrew Gollner (first year from Cherokee County) and Josh Weintraub (first year from Johns...

Jenkins awarded HHMI Fellowship

Posted 7 months 4 days ago

Doctoral candidate and graduate research assistant in the department of genetics Brittany Jenkins has been awarded one of 39 Gilliam Fellowships by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute:

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has selected 39 new Gilliam fellows, exceptional doctoral students who have the potential to be leaders in their fields and the desire to advance diversity and inclusion in the sciences.


“The Gilliam fellows are outstanding students who have the potential to be real leaders in science,” says David Asai, senior director for science education at HHMI...

Distinguished Research Professor Jessica Kissinger

Posted 9 months 1 week ago

Professor of genetics, globally recognized molecular biologist and world expert in bio-computational research, 2017 Distinguished Research Professor Jessica Kissinger's contributions to the field of eukaryotic pathogen research have helped transform how pathogen research is conducted internationally.

An expert on the evolution of parasite genomes, she conducted the first systematic survey of gene transfer in the Apicomplexa, upending prevailing thought. Her subsequent series of papers on the Apicomplexa also opened a new window into genome evolution and the biology of several other...

First sunflower genome sequence

Posted 10 months 18 hours ago
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They follow the sun's path throughout the day - hence their name in the Romance languages - and this news about the sunflower genome turns our attention to a new paper in Nature:

[UGA] researchers are part of an international team that has published the first sunflower genome sequence. This new resource will assist future research programs using genetic tools to improve crop resilience and oil production.

They published their findings today in the journal Nature.

Known for its beauty and also as an important source of food, the sunflower is a global oil crop that shows...