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Dr. Ruairidh J.H. Sawers

Principal Investigator

In the Maize Genetics and Genomics group, we employ the full range of genetics and genomics technologies to better understand the processes where by a wild grass, restricted to a small area of Mexico, can spread to dominate global agriculture. Projects in the Maize Genetics and Genomics group include de novo genome sequencing, transcriptomics, reverse genetic analysis of candidate genes, generation of novel resources for quantitative genetic mapping and extensive field work across multiple sites in Mexico and overseas. Our work includes active collaboration with CONABIO, CIMMYT, UNAM, the University of Cambridge, UC Davis, Iowa State University, TAMU, USDA, U. Missouri and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

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Recent projects:

  • "Análisis Genético de la eficiencia de Fósfato en Maíz y parentales silvestres, de tierras altas volcánicas". Ciencia Básica CONACYT no.211, 2016-2019.
  • "Impacto de los hongos micorrizicos arbusculares nativos en el rendimiento de maíz". Conabio (Comisión Nacional para el conocimiento y uso de la Biodiversidad) no.62, 2016-2018.
  • "The genetics of highland adaptation in maize". UC -Davis / NSF(National Science Foundation) no.102, 2016-2021.

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Dr. Ruairidh J.H. Sawers

Principal Investigator

Jessica L. Carcaño Macías

Administrative assistant

Dr. Patricio Cid


“Maize and its adaptation"

M. Sc. Jorge Vladimir Torres Rodríguez

PhD student in Plant Biotechnology

"The role of cis-regulatory variation in the low phosphorus response of landrace maize originating from volcanic soils"