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Thursday Seminar

Thursday, August 11, 2016, 01:15pm - 02:15pm


Drought Adaptation, GxE and Crop Breeding

John McKay
Associate Professor
College of Agriculture
Colorado State University, U.S.A

The long-term goal of my research is to provide a detailed functional knowledge of mechanisms and mutations that regulate genotype by environment interactions underlying adaptation. I have largely focused on drought responses, including water-use physiology and sensitivity of growth, fitness, and yield to variation in available soil moisture. My research combines field trials and high-throughput and detailed physiological screens in segregating families with statistical and evolutionary genomics to identify causal polymorphisms underlying differences in drought adaptation.

I will report on the results of using natural variation in drought adaptation among diverse lines of Arabidopsis and will also discuss ongoing collaborations with IRRI on applying field-based, high-throughput phenotyping to drought in rice, toward discovering mutations underlying G × E interactions.


Havener Auditorium, International Rice Research Institute, Los Baños, 4030 Laguna, Philippines