A Plant Genome Research Project to Study Root and Root-Hair Gene Expression Across Diverse Plant Species

The aim of this project is to define and compare the gene expression profiles from a single plant organ (the root) and a single plant cell type (the root hair) across diverse species. Gene expression data is obtained from bulk RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) and from single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq).  The project results will provide insight into the origin and diversification of the molecular mechanisms used to regulate the formation and function of plant organs and cell types. Further, given the important roles of roots/root hairs for plant growth, these findings will assist in the rational design of strategies to manipulate root and root hair architecture in crop plants.

This project is supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (Award # 1444400)

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