Grass Genetics

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Pamela Ronald

Director of Grass Genetics

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Mawsheng Chern

Project Scientist

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Rashmi Jain

Associate Specialist

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Randy Ruan

Research Assistant

The Grass Genetics group takes advantage of induced variation and targeted engineering to characterize root system architecture, improve biomass performance and enhance microbial associations.


  • Target large DNA fragments to precise region of the plant genome using CRISPR-mediated insertion
  • Create and characterize sorghum and switchgrass genetic variation

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How genetic engineering can fight disease, reduce insecticide use and enhance food security, TED2015

A Better Route to Xylan


Genome-scale Network of Rice Genes to Speed the Development of Biofuel Crops

In the Lab with Pam Ronald

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