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Modular Plant Toolkit for Studying Complex Biological Processes

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Using state-of-the-art facilities available through the National Synchrotron Light Source II and other resources at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), a set of interacting tools will be created to test hypotheses in complex biological systems. The driving force for the toolkit’s initial development will be an investigation of plant sustainability through symbiosis with N2-fixing plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR). The toolkit is needed to gain knowledge about these unique plant-microbe interactions from a mechanistic perspective. Setaria viridis (A10.1) is a PGPR growth-responsive C4 grass whose genome has been sequenced by the Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute, making this genetically tractable model organism a good test system.

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US DOE. 2014. New In Situ Imaging and Measurement Technologies for Biological Systems, US Department of Energy Office of Science. (p. 2) (PDF)

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