Thomas P. Brutnell, PhD, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Thomas P. Brutnell, PhD
Thomas P. Brutnell, PhD

The Brutnell lab is focused on understanding photosynthetic differentiation and, in particular, identifying the transcriptional networks that drive C4 photosynthetic development. Applications of this research include improving photosynthetic efficiencies in emerging bioenergy feedstocks such as Miscanthus and switchgrass, as well as improving yield in existing C4 crops such as maize, sorghum and sugarcane. The lab is also working with a large international consortium to engineer C4 traits into C3 grasses.

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