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AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University scientists will contribute to a new effort to map the genomes of 26 lines of corn, an ambitious project that will allow plant breeders and farmers to harness the crop’s vast genetic diversity.
Daniela Flores, a doctoral student in interdepartmental genetics, is the first ISU graduate student elected to serve on the board of directors for the Society for the Advancement of Chicano/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science. “The organization has been a huge driving factor in my career and I am excited to have a voice in shaping the future of an organization that has helped me so much,” said Flores. She attended her first SACNAS conference five years ago, and met Susan Lamont, animal science, and Gustavo MacIntosh, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology.
Richard Willham, emeritus professor in animal science, died Dec. 31. He was 85. Willham received a master’s degree in animal breeding and a doctorate from ISU. He served on the faculty in the animal science department, and in 1979 became a C.F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture. Willham wrote and popularized the “computer cow game” which is used national and internationally to teach selection principles using beef performance records. Visitation will be held Jan. 12, 4 to 6 p.m. at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care. A Celebration of Life will be held Jan.
Patrick Schnable, agronomy and director of the Plant Sciences Institute, helped test applications of graphene-based sensors-on-tape that can be attached to plants and provide data to researchers and farmers about water use in crops. Schnable is co-author of a paper featured on the cover of the December 2017 issue of the journal Advanced Materials Technologies. Liang Dong, electrical and computer engineering, developed the technology and is lead author of the paper.
Evolutionary bottlenecks brought on by domestication have caused the genome of corn to retain harmful mutations over the course of millennia, according to a new study from Matthew Hufford, ecology, evolution and organismal biology. The study takes a journey through the past by studying genetic changes in corn.