A data management plan for this project was submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with the information below.

PLANT BREEDING PARTNERSHIP: A Metabolic Modeling-Based Strategy to Accelerate the Citrus Genetic Engineering Process

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Project description

This is a New Investigator proposal led by Cristal Zuniga. The Long-Term Goal of this proposed project is to improve the economics, productivity, and sustainability of U.S. agriculture by using metabolic models to accelerate the engineering process of all crops. To demonstrate the feasibility of this approach, the Objective of this project is to use metabolic models to speed up the growth rate of two specific steps of the citrus engineering process in two commonly grown cultivars. Our team is pioneering the development and application of experimental and computational systems biology approaches to improve growth rates and increase biomass production of phototrophs, giving this project has a high likelihood of successful. We expect that this approach will have wide applicability by providing a blueprint for accelerating the engineering process of all crops, thereby providing considerable benefits to U.S. agriculture. Since this proposed project is to use metabolic models to accelerate the crop engineering process, it specifically addresses one of the Program Area Priorities of the Plant Breeding for Agricultural Production Program, which is "the incorporation of modeling (including crop growth models) in breeding." In addition, since our project has the potential to positively impact the engineering of all crops, it therefore also has the potential to address many of the other Program Area Priorities. This project is also a Partnership with a Minority-Serving Institution – University of California Riverside – which will provide important opportunities for minority undergraduate students to participate in cutting-edge research.

Planned outputs

Omics Datasets

Metabolomics and RNA-Seq datasets of the two citrus engineering steps that we will endeavor to accelerate.

Annotated Citrus Genomes

Annotated Citrus Genomes

Metabolic Models will by archived at Bigg Models - https://bigg.ucsd.edu/

Metabolic Models will by archived at Bigg Models - https://bigg.ucsd.edu/

Plant Growth Media Formations - Provided in Publications & at https://escholarship.org/

Plant Growth Media Formations - Provided in Publications & at https://escholarship.org/

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