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Advanced Genetic Technologies, KY
Department of Plant Pathology
Agricultural productivity depends heavily on the genetic potential and general health of crops and livestock. The project aims are to enhance techniques of genetic analysis, and through such techniques, to increase understanding of plant and animal genomics, the genomics of microbial pathogens and symbionts of plants and animals. The project will integrate the modern laboratory methods of large-scale DNA sequencing with computational methods to interpret DNA sequences and identify genes and key features of genomes. Personnel will be hired in both the life science and computer science areas to work together on enhancing the data flow and processing of all data generated in the Advanced Genetic Technologies Center at the University of Kentucky. Pilot studies will be conducted to obtain sequences from an important symbiont of tall fescue, the most widely planted forage grass in the U.S.A., and also from an important horse parasite. Other pilot studies will be invited, and undergraduate interns will be trained in genomics techniques and concepts.