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Findings could help put halt to potato blight

University of Florida Genetics Institute member and Plant Pathology assistant professor, Erica Goss, has pinpointed the origin of the pathogen that caused the 1840s Irish Potato Famine, a finding that may help potato and tomato growers around the world. Called “late blight,” the...
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Comb Jelly genome solved and new neural pathways uncovered

Leonid Moroz and his team have decoded the genomes for 10 comb jelly species, revealing the jellies’ distinct neurogenic, immune and developmental genes are unlike other animal genomes and developed independently. Their research has been published on May 21 in the journal Nature....
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Arun Srivastava, PhD

Genetics Institute faculty member, Arun Srivastava, PhD, spent the past three decades researching two parvoviruses: the non-pathogenic adeno-associated virus (AAV), and the parvovirus B19, a common human pathogen. His contributions to the field of parvoviruses include:...
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Gout treatment may solve citrus greening

As citrus greening disease threatens Florida’s $9 billion citrus industry, University of Florida Genetic Institute members Claudio Gonzalez and Graciela Lorca may have identified the biochemical treatment growers are desperate to find. Gonzalez and Lorca led a research team from...
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Wilfred Vermerris, PhD

University of Florida department of Microbiology and Cell Science associate professor Wilfred Vermerris, PhD, is a resident member of the UF Genetics Institute in the CGRC and is graduate faculty and former Director of the Genetics & Genomics graduate program. Dr. Vermerris...
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Six Genetics Institute faculty awarded UF Research Foundation Professorships

The Genetics Institute is proud to congratulate six faculty members who received the distinguished University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) Professorship. The three-year UFRF Professorships are awarded to tenured full-time associate and full professors. Selection is based...
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The 2014 UFGI Equipment Grant application is now open

Overview The UFGI Equipment Grant Program will periodically have calls for applications for new equipment purchases. The goal of the program is to provide UFGI members with access to critical, shared instrumentation that can foster new research directions, promote collaborations...
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UFGI faculty member part of fern evolution discovery

As one of the oldest plants on earth, ferns have continued to flourish using a novel chimeric photoreceptor gene called neochrome to evolve and survive in the shade beneath forests’ canopies. UFGI member Douglas Soltis, distinguished professor at the Florida Museum of Natural...
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UF receives $1 million to study skin regeneration without scarring

The University of Florida has received a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to tackle one of health care’s greatest challenges: to heal wounds without scarring. After an injury, human skin repairs itself but does not regrow as before, leaving a scar. UF Genetics...
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UF Informatics Institute Seed Fund Program

The UF Informatics Institute (UFII) invites interdisciplinary, faculty-initiated research projects with potential for extramural support. Projects should be related to information representation/analysis/mining in any discipline of research. To be competitive, proposals must be...
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