David A. T. Somers

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Soybean is a major crop species providing valuable feedstock for food, feed and biofuel. In recent years, considerable progress has been made in developing genomic resources for soybean, including on-going efforts to sequence the genome. These efforts have identified a large number of soybean genes, most with unknown function. Therefore, a major research(More)
The polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) synthase gene of the bacterium Alcaligenes eutrophus was used to construct a yeast plasmid which enabled expression of the functional synthase enzyme in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Cells transformed with the synthase plasmid accumulated up to 0 5 % of cell dry weight as PHB, with accumulation occurring in the stationary phase of(More)
AtMYB44, a member of the subgroup 22 R2R3 MYB transcription factors, positively regulates abscisic acid signaling to induce stomatal closure, thus conferring drought/salt-stress tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana. In this study, AtMYB44 was transformed into soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merrill] using the cotyledonary-node method. The resulting homozygous lines(More)
In order to determine the reflectance of a surface, it is necessary to discount luminance changes produced by illumination variation, a process that requires the visual system to respond differently to luminance changes that are due to illumination and reflectance. It is known that various cues can be used in this process. By measuring the strength of(More)
Enhanced aluminum (Al) resistance has been observed in dicots over-expressing enzymes involved in organic acid synthesis; however, this approach for improving Al resistance has not been investigated in monocots. Among the cereals, oat (Avena sativa L.) is considered to be Al resistant, but the basis of resistance is not known. A hydroponic assay and(More)
Measurements of the Casimir force require the elimination of the electrostatic force between the surfaces. However, due to electrostatic patch potentials, the voltage required to minimize the total force may not be sufficient to completely nullify the electrostatic interaction. Thus, these surface potential variations cause an additional force, which can(More)
Crop plant transformation systems are typically labor intensive and involve highly repetitive tasks. This presentation will cover strategies for and experiences with applying automation to transgenic plant pipelines with the aim of increasing system throughput and capacity while reducing labor and costs associated with production of transgenic plants.(More)
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