BLACKSBURG, Va., August 30, 2006 – The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech recently welcomed a new faculty member, Dr. Andy Pereira, to the institute.

The focus of Pereira’s research at VBI is looking at how plants respond to environmental stress, in particular identifying the genes and mechanisms involved in this often complex relationship. By using a “genome biology” approach to look at genes that have retained similar functions over time in different plant species, Pereira’s work at VBI will provide valuable information on how different plant species have adapted to cope with severe, external influences, such as drought and disease. In addition, this research will help uncover more details regarding the cross-talk between plant’s adaptive responses to different physical and biological stresses commonly encountered in the environment. It will allow scientists to build a complete picture of the interaction network between the functions of plant genes and environmental stress.

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BLACKSBURG, Va., August 30, 2006 – The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech recently welcomed a new faculty member, Dr. Andy Pereira, to the institute.

The focus of Pereira’s research at VBI is looking at how plants respond to environmental stress, in particular identifying the genes and mechanisms involved in this often complex relationship. By using a “genome biology” approach to look at genes that have retained similar functions over time in different plant species, Pereira’s work at VBI will provide valuable information on how different plant species have adapted to cope with severe, external influences, such as drought and disease. In addition, this research will help uncover more details regarding the cross-talk between plant’s adaptive responses to different physical and biological stresses commonly encountered in the environment. It will allow scientists to build a complete picture of the interaction network between the functions of plant genes and environmental stress.

Published by Susan Bland, August 29, 2006