When Dr. Tim Croughan was looking for rice that could be resistant to the herbicide imazethapyr, he tested thousands of mutant plants he developed in his laboratory at the LSU AgCenter’s Rice Research Station in Crowley, La.
The Crop Genome Editing Laboratory (CGEL) was established by Texas A&M AgriLife Research in 2017 to optimize CRISPR/Cas-based genome-editing techniques and provide gene editing services for crop improvement. CGEL works closely with AgriLife Research partners at the Genomics and Bioinformatics Service Lab and the Multi-Crop Transformation Facility to apply CRISPR technology across a wide range of key crops, including rice, wheat, sorghum, cotton, peanut, and potato. We are currently working on 13 projects from the AgriLife Research Gene Editing Seed Grant program, along with research activities funded by the Texas A&M X-Grants initiative through the President’s Excellence Fund.
We are located on the 2nd floor of the Centeq building at 1500 Research Parkway, College Station, TX 77845.
While the cost of services is still under preparation, the CGEL facility encourages interested clients to contact Dr. Michael Thomson to discuss potential collaborative research and service projects.
An overview of using CRISPR technology for crop improvement can be seen in a webinar given by Dr. Michael Thomson on “New Technologies for Rice Breeding with a Focus on CRISPR Gene Editing.”
COLLEGE STATION (July 2, 2018) – Eight interdisciplinary research projects will share $7 million in funding during the first round of Texas A&M University’s X-Grants program, an initiative of the 10-year, $100 million President’s Excellence Fund, the university announced today.
Judging by the vast number of review articles on the topic, agricultural and life sciences researchers are becoming increasingly aware that new gene editing technologies can save so much time and money as to create entirely new avenues of crop improvement. Yet for many labs, these technologies remain out of reach because they require such high investments in infrastructure and expertise.
COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M AgriLife Research is investing in the future of rapid crop design with improved traits through the deployment of two new labs and a half-million dollar seed grant program to jump-start the process.