Brian K. Christensen

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The Campanula genus comprises several economically important ornamental plants species. Wide hybridisation is a method to increase phenotypic variability, but is limited due to interspecies hybridisation barriers. In this study we investigated whether ovule culture could be used to increase the success rate of interspecific hybridisation between C.(More)
Osteopontin (OPN) is a highly posttranslationally modified protein present in several tissues where it is implicated in numerous physiological processes. OPN primarily exerts its functions through interaction with integrins via the Arg-Gly-Asp and Ser-Val-Val-Tyr-Gly-Leu-Arg sequences located in the N-terminal part of the protein. OPN can be polymerized by(More)
  • Won S Kim, Homayoun Seraji, Paolo Fiorini, Robert Brown, Brian Christensen, Chris Beale +2 others
INTRODUCTION Within NASA's recent thrust for industrial collaboration , JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) has recently established two technology cooperation agreements in the robotics area: one on virtual reality (VR) calibration with Deneb Robotics, Inc., and the other on redundant manipulator control with Robotics Research Corporation (RRC). These(More)
Interspecific hybridization is a useful tool in ornamental breeding to increase genetic variability and introduce new valuable traits into existing cultivars. The successful formation of interspecific hybrids is frequently limited by the presence of pre- and post-fertilization barriers. In the present study, we investigated the nature of hybridization(More)
Kalanchoë blossfeldiana and its cultivars are important worldwide as potted plants. Their improvement relies mainly on cross-breeding and interspecific hybridization, although the use of the resource of wild species was limited. The present study aimed to characterize novel features of interspecific hybrids that can increase attractiveness of these(More)
Rose mallows belong to the Muenchhusia section of the Hibiscus genus. They represent a small group of cold tolerant North American plants and are popular ornamentals mainly because of their abundant, large and colorful flowers. Due to their geographical origin they are well suited for garden use in temperate regions worldwide. The aim of the study was to(More)
Interspecific hybridisation creates new phenotypes within several ornamental plant species including the Campanula genus. We have employed phenotypic and genotypic methods to analyse and evaluate interspecific hybridisation among cultivars of four Campanula species, i.e. C. cochleariifolia, C. isophylla, C. medium and C. formanekiana. Hybrids were analysed(More)
Transformation of Kalanchoë blossfeldiana ‘Molly’ using the naturally occurring bacterium Agrobacterium rhizogenes is a non-GMO strategy to breed compact plants. In the present study, crosses resembling a commercial breeding strategy were made to determine if the improved ornamental quality observed in the T1 generation was inherited to the offspring. F1(More)
Sensor-rich, intelligent robots that function with respect to models of their environment have significant potential to reduce the time and cost for the cleanup of hazardous waste while increasing operator safety. An animated graphical interface allows operators to easily and safely program such robots. Sandia National Laboratories is performing(More)
The seemingly intractable issue of level crossing collisions has been the subject of countless industry studies over the years in just about every country of the world. While there has been excellent, robust work from committed and dedicated people, tragically there are still people dying every year. To address this Queensland Rail (QR) has moved beyond the(More)
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