Current Projects in the Lapitan Laboratory
The focus of our research is to use molecular genetic and genomics tools to identify genes for economically important traits in food and bioenergy crops. Our current projects target wheat, barley, and Miscanthus. Recombination mapping using molecular markers, physical mapping by flourescence in situ hybridization, transcript profiling using microarrays, and gene silencing are some of the methodologies used in our research projects. The overall goal is to use the knowledge gained from these studies for trait improvement.
- Molecular interaction between plants and aphids
- Functional genomics of malting quality in barley
- Development and implementation of molecular markers for wheat breeding
- Evaluation of Miscanthus as a bioenergy crop in Colorado and development of genetic resources
- Estimating the frequency of transgene introgression from wheat to jointed goatgrass.