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We develop computational systems and tools that enable researchers to leverage plant genetics and genomics information to better understand basic biology and effect crop improvement. Group members are specifically interested in functional prediction for genes, predictive phenomics, and how gene and chromosome architecture regulate cellular processes. Although work by group members is not specifically limited to maize, it is by far our favorite model system.

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Maize Genomes to Fields: 2014 and 2015 field season genotype, phenotype, environment, and inbred ear image datasets

The maize Genomes to Fields (G2F) Initiative is a multi-institutional organization of scientists working to generate and analyze such datasets from existing, publicly available inbred lines and hybrids. G2F’s genotype by environment project has released 2014 and 2015 datasets to the public.  Read more
https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-018-3508-1

Anti-GMO articles tied to Russian sites, ISU research shows

Russia is funding articles shared online that question the safety of GMOs in an effort hurt U.S. agriculture interests and bolster its position as the "ecologically clean alternative" to genetically engineered food, said Shawn Dorius, an ISU assistant sociology professor.  Dorius led the research with Carolyn Lawrence-Dill, an associate professor in ISU's departments of agronomy and genetics, development and cell biology.  Read more

Sowing the seeds of skepticism: Russian state news and anti-GMO sentiment - https://doi.org/10.1080/21645698.2018.1454192

Phenotyping hackathon streamlines plant science

On February 14-16 2017, a group of researchers and informaticians from various universities including Iowa State University participated and tackled problems at a 3 day plant and crop phenotyping hackathon hosted by CyVerse at the BIO5 Institute at University of Arizona (UA).   Read more

Genomes by environment dataset now publicly accessible

A unique dataset that directly links crop genotype and phenotype information with environmental data is now publicly accessible in the CyVerse Data Commons.   Read more

Carolyn Lawrence is featured in ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' magazine 'STORIES' Vol.10 No.2 2016

On February 14-16 2017, a group of researchers and informaticians from various universities including Iowa State University participated and tackled problems at a 3 day plant and crop phenotyping hackathon hosted by CyVerse at the BIO5 Institute at University of Arizona (UA).   View PDF
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BMS Developer Community: The IBP works closely with the Lawrence Lab (Iowa State University) and the iPlant Collaborative under the Genomes to Fields project to improve breeding data management

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Iowa State University research: G-quadruplexes in corn genome may control stress response

Genetic structures in corn shed light on how crops respond to floods and other environmental stresses.   Read more

IBP meets partners for Genomes2Fields Initiative

On 10-12 November 2014, a group of collaborators from Iowa State University, CIMMYT, iPlant Collaborative and Leafnode LLC gathered to create a shared understanding of the capabilities of the Breeding Management System within the Genomes2Fields initiative.   Read more

Growing with HPC

Much of the HPC culture has to do with growth, whether expanding our predictions about the future of machinery or figuring out new ways to interact with particles. For Associate Professor Carolyn Lawrence, HPC helps her work with natural growth - in ways that were never before possible.   Read more

Change Agent: Carolyn Lawrence

Carolyn Lawrence, an enthusiast of extreme data management and motorcycles, is working to create new data tools for plant breeders, an effort that could speed up the development of new stress-resistant crop varieties.   Read more

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