Dr. Yanjie Zhang
Project Description and Objectives
The regulation mechanism of ovule number, the precursor of the seed, is a very important scientific question and elucidation provides potential applications in crop yield enhancement. Ovule number is determined by ovule identity, initiation and development, the mechanism of which remains largely unknown.
The objective of the project is to investigate the functions and regulations of key genes and pathways in ovule identity by a forward genetics study. This will hopefully give clues as how to increase ovule number and seed yield in crop productions.
Screen the putative mutants of ovule identity from EMS mutant population.
Identify the mutant by genotyping.