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About GEGC

 

Genomic Ecology of Global Change (GEGC) researchers develop new crops and management methods to maintain agricultural ecosystems in the face of a changing climate.

Humans have a profound effect on our environment, from our alteration of the composition of the atmosphere, to introduction of invasive species in the environment.

How will ecosystems respond to these rapid changes in the environment? Agro-ecosystems, which consist of the plants and crops we use for food, fiber, fuel, clean air, and fresh water, are especially vulnerable to these changes.

Researchers in the GEGC theme work to study how changes in gene networks affect how resistant and flexible plants are when challenged by elements of global change, including elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide and ozone, increased drought, and altered interactions with insects and plant pathogens. Theme researchers also work to formulate mathematical models that can predict how plants will respond to these changes, and make suggestions on how to manage and improve the health of their agro-ecosystems.

Recent Publications from GEGC

BMC

"De novo transcriptome assemblies of C3 and C4 non-model grass species reveal key differences in leaf development."

nature

"De novo transcriptome assemblies of C3 and C4 non-model grass species reveal key differences in leaf development."

pub

"De novo transcriptome assemblies of C3 and C4 non-model grass species reveal key differences in leaf development."

View full list of publications from GEGC