The EPSCoR project titled “Functional Analysis of Nitrogen Responsive Networks in Sorghum” is an RII Track-2 FEC grant project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The goal of this research project is to better understand the regulation of a complex agronomic trait of agricultural, economic, and environmental importance: how nitrogen affects plant growth and development. To this end the project seeks to achieve the following specific objectives: (1) Generate transcriptomic and phenotype data to characterize the molecular responses of sorghum to nitrogen availability; (2) Perturb nitrogen response by combinatorial CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing and overexpression of key genes in nitrogen-responsive network modules; (3) Characterize plants with targeted variation (edits or overexpression) in various components of the N responsive network; and (4) Train and motivate students to become involved in genetic and biotechnology-based research for agriculture. More information about the project can be found here (https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1826781&HistoricalAwards=false).
MERC is helping the project evaluate outputs and outcomes of the education/outreach component (i.e., the Objective 4). MERC is collaborating with the research team to develop evaluation and data collection plan and is analyzing the collected data and reporting evaluation findings. The evaluation will include formative measures to guide the implementation and improvement of the education/outreach programs over the project life in an attempt to increase the effects in target audiences.
Changsoo SongRESEARCH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
METHODOLOGY AND EVALUATION RESEARCH CORE FACILITY AT SBSRC