exPlantsHot off the press and open access for all to read. The latest issue of Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences contains the publication titled “Genome Editing of Plants”, written by Dave Songstad, Joe Petolino, Dan Voytas and Nancy Reichert which covers genome editing from chemical and biological mutagenesis to ZFNs, TALENS, CRISPRS and ODM (also referred to RTDS). The authors are all involved with the SIVB as well as the Editors of this journal, Dennis Gray and Bob Trigiano.

To cite this article: D. D. Songstad, J. F. Petolino, D. F. Voytas & N. A. Reichert (2017): Genome Editing of Plants, Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences, DOI: 10.1080/07352689.2017.1281663

Follow the following web address to download this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07352689.2017.1281663


Dr. A Vinoth (Dept. of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Loyola College, Tamil Nadu, India) published the paper titled “Biofortification in Millets: A sustainable approach for nutritional security” in the journal Frontiers in Plant Science.

Vinoth A, Ravindhran R.  Biofortification in Millets: A sustainable approach for nutritional security.  Frontiers in Plant Science 8:29, 2017.

Biofortification is a sustainable approach to combat micronutrient deficiency highly prevalent in resource-poor countries by delivering key nutrients via food crops. Until now, seven major crops like rice, wheat, maize, cassava, sweet potato, beans and pearl millet have been bred for enhanced vitamin and mineral content.

Millets are coarse-grained cereals feeding poor populations from drylands of Asia and Africa. Being climate resilient crops, better-suited for dryland agriculture, millets offer livelihood for the farmers dependent on rain-fed irrigation. On a health perspective, millets are nutrient-rich crops comparatively superior to other cereals. But the use of millets on a global scale is limited by the abundance of antinutritional factors like phytates, tannins and polyphenols. The review article highlights the importance of millets as an alternative crop of choice for biofortification strategy to alleviate micronutrient malnutrition.

Use the following link to read the entire publication:

http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpls.2017.00029/full


Dr. Fredy Altpeter (Agronomy Dept., Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Program, Genetics Institute, University of Florida, Gainsville, FL) and his collaborators have published the article titled “Evaluation of the quantity and composition of sugars and lipid in the juice and bagasse of lipid producing sugarcane” in the journal Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology.

Huang H, Moreau RA, Powell MJ, Wang Z, Kannan B, Altpeter F., Grennan AK, Long SP, Singh V.  Evaluation of the quantity and composition of sugars and lipid in the juice and bagasse of lipid producing sugarcane.  Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology, 10:148-155, 2017.

This research was recently featured in the EurekAlert.  Use the following link to read the article:

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/crwi-ses040417.php

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Kolla Kristjansdottir, Ph.D. was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in the College of Health Sciences at Midwestern University (Downers Grove, IL).

 

 

 

 


Allison Songstad, Ph.D. (Post Doc at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, San Diego, CA) has published the paper titled “Connective tissue growth factor promotes efficient generation of human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived choroidal endothelium” in the journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine. 

Songstad AE, Worthington KS, Chirco KR, Giacalone JC, Withmore SS, Anfinson KR, Ochoa D, Cranston CM, Riker MJ, Neiman M, Stone EM, Mullins RF, Tucker BA.  Connective tissue growth factor promotes efficient generation of human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived choroidal endothelium.  Stem Cells Translational Medicine, 2017, doi: 10.1002/sctm.16-0399. [Epub ahead of print]

Use the following link to read the abstract for this publication: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28474838


Mae Ciancio, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL) has published the paper titled “Self-perceived knowledge, skills, attitudes, and use of evidence-based dentistry among practitioners transitioning to dental educators” in the Journal of Dental Education.

Ciancio MJ, Lee MM, Krumdick ND, Lencioni C, Kanjirath PP.  Self-perceived knowledge, skills, attitudes, and use of evidence-based dentistry among practitioners transitioning to dental educators.  Journal of Dental Education, 81:271-277, 2017.

Use the following link to read the abstract for this publication:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28250032



Dr. Alphonse E. Sirica (Professor of Pathology and Internal Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA) has organized a conference titled “ Hepatobiliary Cancers: Pathobiology and Translational Advances”, which will be held December 7-10, 2017  at the Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center in Glen Allen, VA. The website for this unique conference can be accessed at www.livercancerconference.vcu.edu.


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