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ORNL Poplar Sequencing Team Receives Two Major Awards In One Night
Published: November 19, 2006
Posted: November 27, 2007

Last week, Dr. Jerry Tuskan of ORNL, the head of the team that initiated and coordinated (with the DOE-Joint Genome Institute) the genome sequencing of Populus trichocarpa, the Black Cottonwood or poplar tree, received both the 2007 UT-Battelle Scientific Research Award and the ORNL Director's Award for Outstanding Team Accomplishment The awards were given "For scientific and technical leadership provided during a 5-year period leading up to the DOE-sponsored sequencing of the first tree genome, the assembly and annotation of that genome, and the publication of those results in Science." The fast-growing and widely dispersed poplar tree is a potential source of biomass for Bioenergy uses via the breaking down of the cellulose in its trunk into sugars and subsequent conversion to ethanol. Genome analyses will enable focused improvements in enzymatic deconstruction suitable for Bioenergy generation.

Contact: Dan Drell, SC-23.2, (301) 903-4742
Topic Areas:

  • Research Area: Genomic Analysis and Systems Biology
  • Research Area: Plant Systems and Feedstocks, Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • Research Area: DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI)
  • Research Area: Sustainable Biofuels and Bioproducts
  • Cross-Cutting: Lectures, Awards, and Recognition

Division: SC-23.2 Biological Systems Science Division, BER
      (formerly SC-23.2 Medical Sciences Division, OBER)


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