- Bayer announces “Grants4Ag: Climate solutions through plant modifications” and selected proposals will be enabled through transformation work performed at WCIC! Deadline July 31. Click here for more information
- Bayer Loads Maize LH244 Genome Sequence! The genome sequence for the maize inbred, LH244, has now been uploaded to the NCBI database for blasting. Here is the link: LH244 Sequence
- The LH244 genome. genome page: https://maizegdb.org/genome/assembly/Zm-LH244-REFERENCE-BAYER-1.0And here are the downloads, including the genomic fasta file and annotation files: https://download.maizegdb.org/Zm-LH244-REFERENCE-BAYER-1.0/
- We are EXCITED to announce that we are now offering LH244 Maize and Fielder Wheat transformation/editing services to clients! Details can be found in our Maize Portal above and pricing can be found on our Pricing and Payments page.
- We are continuing to work on some additional maize varieties like B73 and PHR03 and more elite wheat varieties that were licensed from the University of MN (Linkert; Shelly; Lang). We hope to have some of these ready in the coming months as well.
- We are now offering Barley transformation services for a variety called Gemcraft using a mature embryo transformation method. Gemcraft is a 2-row spring barley used in malting.
- We are also excited to announce what we believe to be the first successful transformation (verified in T1 seed) of Industrial Hemp (high CBD variety). Below are photos of a T0 transgenic hemp event and its T1 progeny showing expression of a Td-Tomato fluorescent gene that was inserted. Please see our Pricing and Payments page for pricing information.
- Research seed available: We have recently bulked up some key seed varieties that may be of interest to researchers for controls or experiments. These were grown in high quality conditions in Chile and have nice germination and low bioburden. We have the following seed for sale in small research quantities (250 seeds for $25) that can be requested from Alvar Carlson (ARCARLSON@wisc.edu) :
- Maize – LH244 (recent elite in-bred releases by Bayer); B73
- Soybean – Williams82 (from a single seed decent obtained from Robert Stupar and Iowa State); Asgrow A3244 (elite variety just off PVP)
Wisconsin Crop Innovation Center is a public crop biotechnology service and research center. WCIC enables exploration of plant gene function in the context of extensive crop genome resources and global challenges such as population growth, world hunger, climate instability, and sustainability concerns.
WCIC dramatically increases U.S. translational and functional genomic research potential with the capacity to handle thousands of constructs per year across primary crop and model plant species. Initial fee-for-service offerings will be expanded over time as we work toward technologies to transform and edit cultivars of interest to the research community efficiently and cost-effectively. We are interested in initial partnerships that have the potential to immediately utilize the capacity of WCIC.