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Genetic Engineering of Maize for Increased Tolerance to Heat Stress

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
58288
Program Year/Program:
2002 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
0214789
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Genetic Archit Edu Analys
2308 6th Street, E. Brookings, SD 57006
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Genetic Engineering of Maize for Increased Tolerance to Heat Stress
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0214789
Award Amount: $99,990.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Phase 1 Project proposes to develop transgenic maize (Zea mays L.) with increased tolerance to heat stress. It has recently discovered that a gene encoding the maize chloroplast protein synthesis elongation factor, EF-Tu, plays a role in the development of heat tolerance. EF-Tu protects other proteins from heat-induced inactivation and aggregation. The overall goal of this project is to genetically engineer maize that overproduces EF-Tu under high temperature conditions and to exploit the protective role that EF-Tu plays in heat tolerance. The key objectives of the Phase 1 research include (a) the creation of EF-Tu transgenic maize protoplasts, Arabidopsis and maize whole-plants and (b) the assessment of their heat tolerance in the laboratory. The results of the Phase 1 project will lay the groundwork for the follow-on Phase 2 and Phase 3 projects. They will include the testing the performance of EF-Tu transgenic maize in the field (Phase 2) and its commercialization (Phase 3).

Principal Investigator:

Eugene Butler
6056922751
ebutler3@brookings.net

Business Contact:

Eugene T. Butler
President
ebutler3@brookings.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

Genetic Archit Edu Analys
2308 6th Street, E. Brookings, SD 57006

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
U of South Dakota
Biology Department
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Contact: Zoran Ristic
Contact Phone: (605) 677-6170
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university