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Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) is an important crop for bioenergy feedstock development. Switchgrass has two main ecotypes: the lowland ecotype being exclusively tetraploid (2n = 4x = 36) and the upland ecotype being mainly tetraploid and octaploid (2n = 8x = 72). Because there is a significant difference in ploidy, morphology, growth pattern, and zone(More)
Although yield trials for switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.), a potentially high value biofuel feedstock crop, are currently underway throughout North America, the genetic tools for crop improvement in this species are still in the early stages of development. Identification of high-density molecular markers, such as single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs),(More)
Elicitation of hypersensitive cell death and induction of plant disease resistance by Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato (Pst) is dependent on activity of the Pst Hrp secretion system and the gene-for-gene interaction between the tomato resistance gene Pto and the bacterial avirulence gene avrPto. AvrPto was expressed transiently in resistant or susceptible(More)
Pseudomonas syringae pathovars expressing avrPto are avirulent on plants expressing the resistance gene Pto. Over 85 mutants of avrPto were generated with multiple strategies, and several assays were used to characterize AvrPto function. Only a core of 95 amino acids of the 164 residues was sufficient for binding Pto in the yeast two-hybrid system. Only(More)
Biofuels and bio-based products can be produced from a wide variety of herbaceous feedstocks. To supply enough biomass to meet the needs of a new bio-based economy, a suite of dedicated biomass species must be developed to accommodate a range of growing environments throughout the USA. Researchers from the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural(More)
Genetic and genomic resources have recently been developed for the bioenergy crop switchgrass (Panicum virgatum). Despite these advances, little research has been focused on identifying genetic loci involved in natural variation of important bioenergy traits, including biomass. Quantitative trait locus (QTL) mapping is typically used to discover loci that(More)