Welcome to the Plant Root Hair Cell Laboratory at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln directed by Assistant Professor Marc Libault. Using plant root hairs as a single plant cell system, the laboratory investigates the genomic and epigenomic regulation of gene expression in response to various abiotic and biotic stresses.
Specifically, applying modern functional genomic and nucleic acid sequencing tools, we are characterizing the interactions between transcription factors and the genomic DNA, the regulation and function of root hair small RNAs and the impact of the modifications of the root hair gDNA methylome on gene transcription. The various projects developed in the laboratory can be accessed by clicking on the “Projects” and “Publications” sections.
- In the news:
Nebraska plant scientist digs deeper into soybeans and soil bacteria
Nebraska's Marc Libault, winner of a Faculty Early Career Development Program award from the National Science Foundation, seeks to better understand soybeans and other legumes’ mutually beneficial relationship with the bacteria rhizobia. His research may lead to a reduction in the need for costly fertilizers.