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Camelina: A Novel Biofuel Crop For Nevada

The long-term goals of the proposed research are to develop Camelina (Camelina sativa, aka falseflax, linseed dodder, or gold-of-pleasure) as a new biofuel and feed crop for Nevada and develop research tools to enhance the tolerance of this species to environmental stress conditions such as drought.


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John Cushman, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Start Date: 5-01-2010
Developing New Ideas To Deal With Bark Beetle Infestations

The mountain pine beetle spend the majority of their life cycle beneath the bark of their host trees, making it difficult to control them by conventional methods. This project focuses on two chemical pheromones, by exploiting these unique compounds as potential targets.


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Claus Tittiger, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Start Date: 7-01-2008
Development Of Prickly Pear Cactus As A Low-Water Biofuel/Biomass Feedstock

The long-term goal of this project is create a novel biofuel feedstock production platform with increased energy density within vegetative tissues that is capable of producing biodiesel, renewable diesel, or jet fuel with only 20% the water inputs required for traditional biofuel feedstocks.


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John Cushman, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Start Date: 7-01-2012
Identify The Beetle Ion Transport Peptide Receptor And Synthesize Antagonists

This research seeks to improve pest control through biotechnology, by isolating and sequencing the ion transport peptide receptor from the Mealworm beetle. From there the team will test the biological activity of these compounds on common wood pest insects.


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David Schooley, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Start Date: 9-01-2011
Improving Hydrocarbon Production in Plants via Insect Enzymes

This project seeks to transfer hydrocarbon producing enzymes from insects into a plant system that can then be used as a biofuel crop in Nevada.


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Jeff Harper, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Start Date: 10-01-2012
Increasing Seed Set Yields In Plants Growing Under Conditions Of Hot Days And Cold Nights

The long-term goal of the proposed research is to improve plant fertility under conditions of temperature stress and drought by improving stress tolerance of pollen tubes in plants.


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Jeff Harper, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Start Date: 7-01-2013
Understanding Pheromone Biosynthesis In Bark Beetles

This project is designed to gain an understanding of the biochemical processes by which bark beetles produce pheromones. The long term goal is to develop new and effective pest management tactics based on pheromone systems.


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Gary Blomquist, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Start Date: 9-15-2007
Water Wise: What Wine Grapes Varieties Are Most Efficient?

Wine grow well in arid and semi-arid environments. This is particularly relevant in a dry state like Nevada. A long-term goal of our research is to develop improved strategies for enhancing drought resistance mechanisms in wine grapes.


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Grant Cramer, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Start Date: 7-01-2009