Dr. Vera Lozovaya
Department of Crop Sciences
288 Ed. Madigan Research Lab., MC-051
1201 West Gregroy Dr.
Urbana, IL 61801
Miscanthus Research Group:Genetic Engineering and Improvement
Our group goal is to establish a biochemical basis for the genetic improvement of Miscanthus biomass yields and composition via conventional breeding and genetic engineering. We plan to identify genes that will repress and modify cell wall phenolics and enhance the proportion of complex carbohydrates in Miscanthus cell wall thus allowing formation of biomass with improved properties more suitable for liquid biofuel production without impairing growth, disease and lodging resistance.