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NSF 2010 project on gene position and function
PFI, scaling a new adaptive peak for cotton

We study the hereditary information that makes plants different from other organisms and from one another. The importance of plants to sustaining humanity is reflected by the many ecosystem services they provide us, including oxygen, medicines, food, feed, fiber, fuel, erosion and flooding control, soil regeneration, and other benefits. Following closely on the success of the Human Genome Project, plant genomics is entering a Golden Era, with many exciting new opportunities to better understand the world around us and provide in a sustainable manner for the needs of humanity.

Our research falls into three general areas:

Identification and implementation of DNA diagnostic tools that are predictive of specific plant characteristics such as disease resistance, improved productivity, or improved quality in close collaboration with scientists in several applied agricultural disciplines; thereby contributing to accelerated improvement of plants to better suit human purposes by traditional means such as classical plant breeding.
Identification of specific genes that are responsible for characteristics important to plant development, evolution, or agriculture, and elucidating the function(s) of these genes.
Elucidating plant biodiversity at the genic and genomic level; gaining better understanding of the 200-million year history of flowering plant diversification from a hypothetical common ancestor, and better understanding specific molecular-level events that have contributed to the ability of flowering plants to colonize much of the Earth.

Virtually all of our work is closely tied to training of the next generation of plant scientists, consistent with the mission of the University of Georgia.

The funds to support our research derive largely from federal and private-sector grants, contributing a substantial economic impact to our university and our community (we live here too!).

We invite you to peruse these pages, which are intended to provide general information to interested casual visitors, research results and data to professional colleagues, and efficiencies to our own work and searches for new information. Please note that we occasionally have job opportunities available, and also that we offer various services to professional colleagues relating to period use of our instrumentation and/or facilities.

Your constructive comments to the lab director, Dr. Paterson, are always appreciated.

The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with state-wide commitments and responsibilities, is the state's flagship institution of higher education. It is also the state's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education.

1-2-2016: Paterson-led UGA group receives $5 million grant to combat invasive weed Johnsongrass.

8-22-2014: PGML plays important roles in genome sequences of canola, cabbage, cauliflower and turnip.

11-4-2013: PGML has received a USAID grant to fund a international effort to develop the sustainable intensification of sorghum.

6-19-2012: Tomato sequencing project sheds light on the plant's origins. [more]

1-29-2009:  PGML leads sequencing and analysis of the sorghum genome. [more]

8-23-2006:  PGML leads international consortium to sequence cotton genome. [more]

5-16-2005:  PGML leads international consortium to sequence sorghum genome. [more]

PGML to participate in sequencing the maize genome. [more]

2-28-2004:  Research has uncovered sex chromosomes, rare in plants, in papayas, according to a study that appears in the January 22 issue of Nature. [more]

4-29-2003: UGA geneticist Andrew Paterson has found that blocks of genes in plants have duplicated themselves over time, showing redundancy as a factor in evolution.  A study published in the journal Nature is reported in Astrobiology magazine. [more]

3-27-2003: PGML reveals that entire genomes of flowering plants duplicated 80 and 200 million years ago. [more]

7-15-2002: National Science Foundation awards grant to UGA's Genes for Georgia. [more]

5-3-2002: PGML finding greatly reduces sequencing costs, could revolutionize genetic research. [more]

3-21-2002: Integrated genetic and physical maps of the maize genome. [more]

12-18-2001:  Study paves way to water-efficient cotton. [more]

11-26-2001: Peanut molecular map completed. [more]

Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory
Center for Applied Genetic Technologies
111 Riverbend Road, Athens, GA  30606
Voice: (706) 583-0166 Fax: (706) 583-0160