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Title: Final report for ER65039, The Role of Small RNA in Biomass Deposition

Our objective in this project was to discover the role of sRNA in regulating both biomass biosynthesis and perenniality in the Andropogoneae feedstock grasses. Our central hypothesis was that there is a time-and space specific sRNA network playing a crucial role in regulating processes associated with cell wall biosynthesis, flowering time control, overwintering/juvenility, and nutrient sequestration in the feedstock grasses. To address this, we performed a large scale biological project consisting of the growth of material, generation of Illumina libraries, sequencing and analysis for small RNA, mRNA and Degradome / cmRNA. Our subsidiary objectives included analysis of the biology of small RNAs and the cell wall composition of Miscanthus. These objectives have all been completed, one publication is in print, one is submitted and several more are in progress.
  1. Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
A1871, fund-487435
DOE Contract Number:
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
The University of Illinois Board of Trustees, Urbana, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23)
Country of Publication:
United States
09 BIOMASS FUELS Miscanthus, switchgrass, small RNA, stem composition, maturity, flowering, genome