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Matt Hudson Lab - Bioinformatics & Plant Genomics

Crop Plant Biology: Research Projects

We have projects on several aspects of crop plant biology, including disease resistance, heterosis, biomass production, phytochrome mediated seedling development and canopy development. We also work with organisms associated with crops, such as pollinators, root-associated fungi and pathogens.

Heterosis is essentially the same as "hybrid vigor", a key aspect of breeding and yield in many crops

Phytochrome is a plant photoreceptor, that allows plants to perceive light in the red and far-red region of the spectrum.

We will have more introduction to this subject soon, in the meantime for heterosis click here and for phytochrome click here to learn more.