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April 14, 2010

TITLE: Isolation of Genes Involved in Oil Biosynthesis in the Biofuel Feedstock Plant Jatropha curcas. Jennifer cloned and sequenced several key genes in the oil biosynthesis pathway of Jatropha. She presented a poster and an honors thesis on her work, graduating with honors in June of 2010. She won an award for her poster and the Penn State Undergraduate Research Exhibition.

June 1, 2001

Join a team of Penn State researchers and our own intrepid reporter in Trinidad as they kick off “Plants Without ,” a project aimed at sharing some of the latest technology for growing one of the world’s favorite crops — cocoa. During ten days in-country, associate professor of plant molecular biology Mark Guiltinan and his team built a greenhouse for raising cocoa seedlings, complete with irrigation system. They also gave a workshop in cocoa-propagation techniques for local farmers, met with scientists from the country’s Ministry of Agriculture, and visited one of the world’s largest cocoa seed-banks. Associate editor Dave Pacchioli, accompanied the team, and sent back real-time dispatches on their progress.

May 1, 2001

Article by David Pacchiolo. From "Plants Without Borders" in Trinidad

January 1, 2001

Melis Cakirer, MS student studied how the colors of cacao seeds can be used to understand the basic profiles of flavonoids in seeds. Read about her research in this short article.