Current Biolab Research Projects


PACE: Producing Algae for Coproducts and Energy

This research seeks to make algal biofuels more marketable by focusing on methods to improve algal productivity, the cultivation process, and harvesting. 

Developing Infrastructure to Deliver Novel Therapies for Citrus Disease

This research is focused on obtaining practical solutions to the Citrus Health Research Program by analyzing the current status of research, important technology gaps, and grower needs.

Design and Delivery of Therapeutic Proteins for HLB Protection

This research proposes to discover pre-symptomatic biomarkers for HLB disease by performing qPCR on Fluidigm to analyze 96 genes. Analysis of gene expression data will enable the capture of pre-symptomatic biomarkers. This project will develop diagnostic tools to detect HLB disease both in the laboratory and field environments.

Enhancing Biofuels from Genetially Engineered Camelina

The Center for Enhanced Camelina Oil (CECO) proposes to incrase the harvestable energy yield of Camelina oil as well as improve the composition of the oil to be a more stable and energy dense biofuel feedstock. 

An Integrative Genome-Wide Assessment of RNA Transport and Localization in Rice

This collaborative research project proposes to identify and globally characterize RNA binding proteins (RBPs). RNA sequences depleted from total RNA will be sequenced and compared to untreated total RNA to identify new RNA candidates.

Atmospheric Aerosols and Precursors form Algal Biofuel Production

DMS, produced by phytoplankton, is a major source of cloud condensation nuclei over the ocean. The main oblective of this study is to determine of DMS is a major byproduct of algal biofuel production and to examine the implications of moving a primarily marine cycle to the terrestrial biome. 

New Therapy for Alzheimer's Disease

Research on new treatments for Alzheimer's disease is happening at a furious pace. This study is looking at new therapies using the RNA from cells found in the central nervous system of mice. 

Improving photosynthetic efficience and yield in crop plants

The five best performing independent homozygous HLA3/PGR5 lines (T3) will be transformed with the BCA/LCIA construct. 

More Realization of Algal Potential (REAP) Research

Will develop the ability to produce 2500 gal/acre/year of algal biofuel intermediates by 2018 by integrating and extending the most promising organisms and technologies developed with sequential extraction process that separates starches and amino acids prior to hydrothermal conversion of remaining lipid to a biofuel intermediate.

Developing Infrastructure and Producting For New Citrus Greening Disease Therapies 

U.S. Citrus growers have a critical need for grove-deployable management practices that keep healthy citrus from becoming infected and infected trees from becoming symptomatic. This project presents a systems-based pipeline approach delivering commercial, grove-deployable solutions using a novel therapeutic delivery strategy and citrus transgenics.


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