Precision Gene Editing

Precision Gene Editing

BTI Scientist Successfully Applied Precision Genome Editing in Tomato. In the new system, called CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing, targeted changes are made in the desired region of the genome.

BTI Professors Present to Bill Gates

BTI Professors Present to Bill Gates

BTI professors David Stern, Zhangjun Fei, and Lukas Mueller were able to brief Bill Gates and his team on their Gates funded projects and issues of biotechnology and plant science while he was at Cornell on October 1, 2014.

New Bioinformatics Alliance between CGIAR and BTI

New Bioinformatics Alliance between CGIAR and BTI

Graham Thiele, RTB Program Director at CGIAR Research Program on roots, tubers, and bananas recently met with Boyce Thompson Institute’s Lukas Mueller to plan expansion of bioinformatics platforms and databases.

Genomics Study of 360 Tomato Varieties Traces History, Points to Possible Improvements

$4.7 Million to SIPS and BTI for More Tomato Research

Jocelyn Rose, professor of plant biology and director of Cornell’s Institute of Biotechnology, with BTI co-PI’s Carmen Catala, Zhangjun Fei, James Giovannoni, and Lukas Mueller will research ripening mechanisms & drought tolerance.

Wild Tomato Sequenced

Wild Tomato Sequenced

Fei and Giovannoni Labs contribute to sequencing of wild tomato species Solanum pennellii.

BTI Researcher on a Mission to Save Citrus

BTI Researcher on a Mission to Save Citrus

The entire California citrus industry is counting on Cornell vector biologist Michelle Cilia to quickly come up with a solution to stop the spread of a deadly disease that could decimate domestic citrus production.

DELLAs Bolster Symbiosis in Green Revolution Crops

DELLAs Bolster Symbiosis in Green Revolution Crops

(From Cornell Chronicle) Boyce Thompson Institute and Cornell researchers have identified a plant protein called DELLA that may lead to reducing phosphorus-fertilizer applications on farms and better plant growth in poor soil.

Gene to Bean to Global Scene

Gene to Bean to Global Scene

BTI invited public to learn more about BTI’s role in recent sequencing of coffee genome, plus presentations by other Cornell researchers from diverse fields who study coffee.

Powerful Screening Exposes the Roles of Salicylic Acid

Powerful Screening Exposes the Roles of Salicylic Acid

By identifying the proteins which bind the plant hormone salicylic acid and potentially mediate its myriad physiological effects, Dr Daniel Klessig is unravelling the complex roles these hormones play in abiotic and biotic plant stresses.

Researchers Discover Link between Tomato Ripening, Color, and Taste

Researchers Discover Link between Tomato Ripening, Color, and Taste

According to an old country song, the only two things money can’t buy are true love and homegrown tomatoes. How true – those perfect, red tomatoes from the store just can’t match ones plucked from the garden. Now, researchers have identified the gene that controls the...
Draft Genome Sequence for Nicotiana benthamiana Released in 2012

Draft Genome Sequence for Nicotiana benthamiana Released in 2012

Scientists at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research (BTI) released a draft sequence of the Nicotiana benthamiana genome which is accessible through the SGN BLAST tool and can be downloaded from an ftp site (see: http://solgenomics.net/). The project was...
Worms Communicate Using a Complex Chemical Language

Worms Communicate Using a Complex Chemical Language

Scientists have discovered that a species of small, transparent roundworms called Caenorhabditis elegans possess a highly-evolved language in which they combine chemical fragments to create precise molecular messages.

Sugar Could Be a Sweet Way to Control Insect Pests

Georg Jander Featured in The Plant Cell

Dr. Jander’s work identifies the nonprotein amino acid N?-acetylornithine and an acetyltransferase that synthesizes it in Arabidopsis thaliana, thus revealing a new methyl jasmonate-inducible defense response.

Dr. Lisa Meihls Awarded USDA/NIFA Grant

Dr. Lisa Meihls Awarded USDA/NIFA Grant

Dr. Lisa Meihls of Georg Jander’s lab was awarded a $130,000 USDA/NIFA grant to study molecular mechanisms of resistance to Bacillus thuringiensis Cry3Bb1 toxin in Diabrotica virgifera (western corn root worm).

Mobile MicroRNAs Direct Tissue Patterning

Mobile MicroRNAs Direct Tissue Patterning

Scientists have been working for more than a decade to understand how tiny molecules called microRNA regulate genes within cells. Now researchers have discovered that microRNA actually moves between cells to help them communicate.

Assay for PAMP-Triggered Immunity in Plants

Research associate Suma Chakravarthy from Greg Martin’s lab, shows the procedure Assay for Pathogen-Associated Molecular Pattern (PAMP)-Triggered Immunity (PTI) in Plants in a JOVE publication.

VIGS in Nicotiana benthamiana and Tomato

Graduate student André Velásquez from Greg Martin’s lab shows how to do Virus-induced Gene Silencing (VIGS) in Nicotiana benthamiana and Tomato in a JOVE publication.

VIGS in Nicotiana benthamiana and Tomato

VIGS in Nicotiana benthamiana and Tomato

Graduate student André Velásquez from Greg Martin’s lab shows how to do Virus-induced Gene Silencing (VIGS) in Nicotiana benthamiana and Tomato in a JOVE publication.

Human Urine May Cure Blood Pressure

Human Urine May Cure Blood Pressure

A study has identified a hormone from human urine, a xanthurenic-acid derivative, which might help safely flush sodium out of the body and could be harnessed to develop more effective and safer treatments for high blood pressure, or hypertension.