Cornell University

"Cassava flowering - contrasting environmental responses" - Deborah Ngunengen Oluwasanya

Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 12:20pm

Emerson Hall, 135

Deborah Ngunengen Oluwasanya
Graduate Student, Soil and Crop Sciences, Cornell University

 Research Group: Dr. Tim Setter
The goal of my research is to facilitate the breeding of improved cassava varieties through more reliable flowering. To achieve this, I am studying (1) the role of abiotic factors on flower induction (especially ambient temperature). This is because daylength in the tropics do not change significantly throughout the year whereas cassava is a tropical crop. (2) the role of phytohormones (specifically cytokinins) on post-induction developmental processes - namely flower longevity and proliferation. (3) the regulation of gene expression in response to above named factors. Studies are carried out under field conditions in Nigeria exploiting diverse agroecologies that result in contrasting flowering behaviours of identical cassava clones as well as under controlled conditions (green house and growth chamber) in Ithaca.

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Event Type

Seminar

Departments

Plant Breeding and Genetics

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CALScomm, sips, SCS

Website

https://sips.cals.cornell.edu/

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#sipsseminar

Contact E-Mail

tln2@cornell.edu

Contact Name

Tara Reed

Contact Phone

6072552131

Speaker

Deborah Ngunengen Oluwasanya

Speaker Affiliation

Cornell University

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