Welcome to Plant Biology and Stress Omics Research at
Texas A&M AgriLife Research-Weslaco
The Texas A&M University System
World-wide, pathogens, insects and abiotic stresses cause major losses in yield and quality of crops. We are employing systems approaches for basic and translational studies of plant stress responses in both model (e.g., Brachypodium, Setaria and Arabidopsis) and non-model crops (e.g., Citrus, Sugarcane, tomato and potato). We are using the latest omics and bioinformatics tools to establish and utilize integrative knowledge-bases for diverse plant abiotic (drought, heat, cold, salinity and nutrient deficiency or toxicity) and biotic (viral, fungal, bacterial and insect) stress conditions. The knowledge-bases are valuable resources for data mining and discovery of critical gene modules and molecular markers useful for crop improvement via biotechnology and breeding, as well as to understand plant genotype-to-phenotype relationships.