March 29, 2013 | Research News
UGA researchers track down gene responsible for short stature of dwarf pearl millet
While pearl millet is a major food staple in some of the fastest growing regions on Earth, relatively little is known about the drought-hardy grain.
January 24, 2013 | Events on Campus
Childhood obesity expert to speak Feb. 6 at UGA
Michael Goran, a leading researcher in the field of childhood obesity and a professor at the University of Southern California, will discuss his work Feb. 6 from 12:20-1:30 p.m. in room 104 of Conner Hall at the University of Georgia. His talk will cover "The Sugar ‘Maize': Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Obesity and Metabolic Risk—from Genes to Policy."
December 20, 2012 | Research News
UGA researchers publish ‘gold-standard’ cotton genome sequence
University of Georgia researchers, working with representatives from most of the world's major cotton-producing countries, have led the description of the first "gold-standard" genome sequence for cotton.
November 19, 2012 | Research News
UGA partners with Emory, Georgia Tech and CDC Foundation on malaria research center
The University of Georgia, an internationally recognized leader in tropical and emerging global diseases and bioinformatics, will partner with other Georgia institutions to establish a comprehensive center that will study the systems biology of nonhuman primate and human malaria.
November 13, 2012 | Research News
Nature study reveals loss of essential blood cell gene leads to anemia
Scientists at the University of Georgia, Harvard Medical School and the University of Utah have discovered a new gene that regulates heme synthesis in red blood cell formation. Heme is the deep-red, iron-containing component of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood.
October 2, 2012 | Research News
Pioneer of modern embryology to deliver Boyd Lecture at UGA
World renowned embryologist Nicole le Douarin, honorary professor at the College of France, will deliver the fall 2012 George H. Boyd Distinguished Lecture at the University of Georgia. She will speak at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 in room 101 of the Pharmacy South building. Her lecture is titled, "Tracing the Migration of Cells during Development: An Overview of 40 Years of Studies with the Avian Embryo."
August 27, 2012 | Research News
Discovery of plant gene lays groundwork for improved biofuel processing
Since 2007, researchers at the BioEnergy Science Center, one of three Department of Energy-funded research centers, have partnered to figure out how to break down plants so that they easily release the simple sugars that can be processed into biofuels. It's a breakthrough that could make biofuels cost competitive with gasoline.
August 24, 2012 | Research News
UGA researchers develop new method to detect, analyze DNA and RNA
University of Georgia researchers have employed specially designed nanomaterials to develop a new, label-free DNA detection method that promises to reduce the cost and complexity of common genetic tests.
August 23, 2012 | Research News
Biofuel from biomass one step closer to reality thanks to discovery to manipulate ‘hot’ microbes
The single most important barrier to the use of lignocellulosic biomass such as switchgrass, populus, sorghum and miscanthus for production of biofuels is the resistant nature of the biomass itself. The problem lies in the conversion or degradation of complex biomass to make products of interest.
June 18, 2012 | Research News
Tomato sequencing project sheds light on the plant’s origins
Researchers in the University of Georgia Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory recently helped finish the decade-long process of sequencing the tomato genome.
June 1, 2012 | Research News
UGA scientists map and sequence genome of switchgrass relative foxtail millet
A newly published genetic sequence and map of foxtail millet, a close relative of switchgrass and an important food crop in Asia, is giving scientists working to increase biofuel and crop yields a powerful new tool.
May 9, 2012 | Research News
NSF grant will help scientists uncover hidden soybean genes
Soybeans are the world's largest single source of vegetable protein and edible oil, already used to make livestock feed, soymilk, tofu, adhesives, alternative fuels, disinfectants, plastics and particleboard. Using a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, University of Georgia researcher Wayne Parrott hopes to uncover more uses for the popular legume.
March 29, 2012 | Research News
UGA scientists reveal genetic mutation depicted in van Gogh’s sunflower paintings
In addition to being among his most vibrant and celebrated works, Vincent van Gogh's series of sunflower paintings also depict a mutation whose genetic basis has, until now, been a bit of a mystery.
March 26, 2012 | Events on Campus
Nobel Prize winner to deliver Boyd Lecture at UGA
Bruce Beutler, 2011 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine and director of the Center for Genetics of Host Defense at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, will deliver the 2012 George H. Boyd Distinguished Lecture. He will speak at 4 p.m. on April 11, in room 102 of the Zell B. Miller Learning Center. His lecture is titled "Forward Genetic Analysis of Innate Immunity."
January 24, 2012 | Events on Campus
How to Build a Dinosaur author to speak Feb. 6 during Darwin Days at UGA
World-renowned paleontologist Jack Horner, author of How to Build a Dinosaur, will discuss how he and his colleagues are developing the technology to create a real dinosaur at a lecture that is part of the annual Darwin Days celebration at the University of Georgia.