We perform research to discover new knowledge and technologies useful for the improvement of crops, with a long-term vision to contribute to poverty and hunger alleviation, development of sustainable agricultural systems and the reduction of the impacts of agriculture on climate change.
We believe that Agricultural Biotechnology is one of the best tools that can be used to positively impact these needs on a meaningful scale. We have a focus on the use of Arabidopsis and other model species to advance research with crops such as maize, wheat, soybean, apple, Theobroma cacao, (The Chocolate Tree) and Jatropha curcus, a biofuel feedstock plant.
Our Core Research Areas:
- Plant Development
- Regulation of Gene Expression
- Mechanisms of Plant Defense Responses
- Key Metabolic Pathways
- Genetic Transformation
- Starch Biosynthesis
- Crop Improvement
The Guiltinan lab has been active at Penn State since 1991 as part of the Penn State Department of Horticulture. The lab is currently housed in the Plant Science Center on the 4th floor of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences Building.
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Frontiers Press Features SAD1 Gene Paper on Facebook and Twitter
April 24, 2015
Researchers discover gene that controls melting point of cocoa butter
April 17, 2015
New Publication: Proteomics of Cacao Fruit, Embryo and Seed Development
April 15, 2015
Gene Involved in Determining the Cocoa Butter Melting Point Discovered
March 31, 2015