Mapping the genome of Intermediate Wheatgrass (Kernza) followed by cross-referencing with the barley genome allows researchers to pinpoint genes involved in yield, flour quality, and other desirable traits.
Pennycress is a winter annual oilseed: planted in the fall, dormant over winter, flush of growth in spring, maturity and harvest in time to plant a late-spring crop of soybeans.
Photo: Kayla Altendorf, U of MN
Silphium is a perennial oilseed crop with a composite flower similar to sunflower.
Photo: The Land Institute, Salina, KS
Nanopore sequencing of the pennycress genome
Photos: M. David Marks, University of Minnesota
Hybrid poplars, hybrid willows and alders produce woody biomass, a prime feedstock for generating steam to produce heat and electricity or in the production of biofuels and other high-value bio-based products.