What's happening at IRRI
Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 01:15pm - 02:15pm
Drought adaptation, GxE and physiology
John K. McKay
Department of Bioagricultural Sciences
Colorado State University
U. S. A.
Abstract: The long-term goal of my research is to provide detailed functional knowledge of mechanisms and mutations regulating genotype by environment interactions underlying drought responses, water use efficiency and the sensitivity of yield to drought. I will report on results of using natural variation in drought adaptation among diverse lines of Arabidopsis thaliana and Brassica napus. My research combines yield trials, high-throughput and detailed physiological screens in segregating families to understand physiological mechanisms with statistical and population genomics to identify causal polymorphisms underlying differences in drought adaptation.
I will also discuss a collaborative grant proposal I am working on with IRRI, to apply some of these methods towards discovering mutations underlying GxE to drought in rice.
Rm A, Umali Bldg