Purdue Statistics members part of team to identify gene that eases the genetic modification of plants

02-18-2014

Rebecca Doerge Gayla Olbricht

Rebecca Doerge and Gayla Olbricht

A recent discovery could lead to easier genetic modification of plant varieties considered recalcitrant to standard methods, including varieties of economically important crops. Rebecca Doerge, the Trent and Judith Anderson Distinguished Professor of Statistics, and Dr. Gayla Olbricht former Ph.D. student of Doerge, now on faculty at Missouri University Science and Technology provided the statistical analyses of these data.

A Purdue University research team identified a gene that influences susceptibility to infection by Agrobacterium tumefaciens, a bacterium that is used as a tool to insert genes into plants to produce traits such as resistance to pests, diseases or harsh environmental conditions or to improve the nutrition or shelf life of a crop.

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