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Breaking Ground Discussion Series: Jim Giovannoni and Zhangjun Fei

July 30, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Zhangjun Fei and James Giovannoni with some tomatoes in a BTI greenhouse.

Join us in an interactive chat with Dr. James Giovannoni and Dr. Zhangjun Fei to talk about their creation and study of the tomato pan-genome.

July 30, 2020 12:00 PM

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As genomic sequencing tools become faster and less expensive, the amount of data available to plant researchers has exploded. The Fei lab develops new tools and resources to analyze and integrate these datasets, thereby helping researchers understand how genes work together. One example is the creation of the tomato pan-genome, which he and Dr. Giovannoni analyzed to discover a new version of a gene, called TomLoxC, which contributes to a desirable flavor. The rare version was present in many wild tomatoes but is largely absent in most commercial tomatoes today. Thanks to the pan-genome, “lost” genes encoding traits like flavor, disease resistance and stress tolerance can be discovered and reintroduced into tomatoes.


July 30, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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