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First Step Taken Toward Epigenetically Modified Cotton

June 12, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas, May 31, 2017 — With prices down and weather patterns unpredictable, these are tough times for America’s cotton farmers, but new research led by Z. Jeffrey Chen at The University of Texas at Austin might offer a break for the industry. He and a team have taken the first step toward a new way of breeding heartier, more productive cotton through a process called epigenetic modification. 

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Upland cotton: an improved sequence will advance fiber, fuel and food applications

April 11, 2017

April 11, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire: A consortium led by Z. Jeffrey Chen of The University of Texas at Austin and Jane Grimwood and Jeremy Schmutz of the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has made publicly available a significantly improved high-quality genome sequence of Upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum). This sequence of the species making up greater than 90% of the world's spinnable cotton fiber builds upon previous genome sequences published in the past five years. The data is downloadable at DOE JGI Phytozome 

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October 24, 2011

September 20, 2016

The project meeting was held at Cotton Inc. in Cary, North Carolina. The project participants discussed and planned cotton (TM-1) physical mapping, BAC end sequencing, RNA-seq, and other sequencing activities, as well as coordination of outreach activities.

Attendees:
PI: Jeff Chen (Yuki Guan, Gyoungju Nah, UT-Austin)
Co-PI: Candace Haigler (Rich Tuttle, Mike Stiff, Sovika Thapas, NC State)
Co-PI: Brian Scheffler (USDA ARS MSA Genomics Laboratory, Alcorn State University)
Co-PI: David Stelly (Amanda Hulse, Texas

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October 11, 2010

September 20, 2016

The annual Cotton Fiber Genomics project meeting was held in Austin. The project was funded by the National Science Foundation and focused on “Functional and Sequence Analysis of Fiber development on Tetraploid Cotton". The attendees of the meeting include:
PI: Chen Lab (David Pang, Yuki Guan, Xiaoli Shi, UT-Austin)
Co-PI: David Stelly (Shivapriya Manchali, Texas A&M)
Co-PI: Candace Haigler (North Carolina State University).
Co-PI : Brian Scheffler (USDA ARS MSA Genomics Laboratory, Stoneville, MS).

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May 2009

September 20, 2016

The cotton fiber genomics project funded by NSF is approved for no-cost extension until August 31, 2010. The research team plans to complete a few more large experiments and publish several papers and will submit a competitive renewal proposal in January 2010.

November 21th, 2008

September 20, 2016

The annual Cotton Fiber Genomics project meeting was held in Austin. The project was funded by the National Science Foundation and focused on "Genetic and Functional Genomic Analysis of Early Events in Cotton Fiber Development". The attendees of the meeting include:

PI: Chen Lab (David Pang, Yuki Guan, Misook Ha, Vikram Agarwal, UT-Austin.
Co-PI: Triplett Lab (He Jim Kim, Doug Hinchliffe, USDA-ARS/UNO).
Co-PI: David Stelly (Shivapriya Manchali, Texas A&M).
Co-PI: Peggy Thaxton (Mississippi State University).
Co-PI: Sing-

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February 7th, 2006

September 20, 2016

The project meeting of NSF cotton fiber genomics was held in Austin, Texas. The Chen lab hosted the meeting. Graduate students and postdocs from each lab gave short presentations about the progress made and discussed about their future research plans. Two close collaborators, Chris Town at TIGR and Roy Cantrell at Cotton Inc., were present at the meeting. We discussed future strategies of cotton genomics research including potential approaches to cotton genome sequencing.

January 4th-6th, 2006

September 20, 2016

PI, Co-PIs, and project members including postdoc and graduate students attended the Betwide Cotton Conference held in San Antonio, TX.

January 5th 2005

September 20, 2016

NSF cotton fiber genomics project meeting was held in USDA-ARS, Southern Regional Research Center, New Orleans, LA. Members from each lab gave short presentations about the progress made and discussed about the future plans as well. This meeting was held in conjunction with the Beltwide Cotton Conference (Jan. 4th-7th) in New Orleans, LA.