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Primeur weekly 2017-12-04

Quantum computing

Simulating physics ...

Key component for quantum computing invented ...

Quantum-emitting answer might lie in the solution ...

Quantum systems correct themselves ...

NCSA SPIN intern Daniel Johnson published in Classical and Quantum Gravity ...

Focus on Europe

9th Irish Supercomputer List published ...

Gap between research and industry HPC in Ireland widens ...

SURFsara extends its status as Intel Parallel Computing Center for 2018 ...

EXDCI issues Call for Workshops for the European HPC Summit Week 2018 ...

Hardware

Supermicro introduces next-generation storage form factor with new Intel "Ruler" all-flash NVMe 1U server and JBOF ...

New director named at Los Alamos National Laboratory ...

AccelStor empowers all-flash array to advance genomics data analysis ...

New Storage 2020 report outlines vision for future HPC storage ...

Loci adds William Schrader, former PSINet Inc. CEO, to Advisory Board ...

Shantenu Jha named Chair of Brookhaven Lab's Center for Data-Driven Discovery ...

Applications

ORNL-designed algorithm leverages Titan to create high-performing deep neural networks ...

Drought-resistant plant genes could accelerate evolution of water-use efficient crops ...

HPE partners with Stephen Hawking's COSMOS Research Group and the Cambridge Faculty of Mathematics ...

Monopole current offers way to control magnets ...

70Gb/s optical intra-connects in data centers based on band-limited devices ...

Lobachevsky University scientists in search of fast algorithms for discrete optimization ...

High-Performance Computing cuts particle collision data prep time ...

TOP500

High performance computer MOGON II at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz among the 100 fastest supercomputers in the world ...

The Cloud

HPE unveils industryis first SaaS-based multi-Cloud management solution for on-premises and public Clouds ...

AccelStor revs up NeoSapphire all-flash array portfolio for next generation Cloud application ...

Drought-resistant plant genes could accelerate evolution of water-use efficient crops


The team used ORNL's Titan supercomputer to compare the genomes of Kalanchoë fedtschenkoi (back row) and Phalaenopsis equestris, or orchid (front row), as well as Ananas comosus, or pineapple. Credit: Jason Richards/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US Deptartment of Energy.
1 Dec 2017 Oak Ridge - Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have identified a common set of genes that enable different drought-resistant plants to survive in semi-arid conditions, which could play a significant role in bioengineering and creating energy crops that are tolerant to water deficits.

Plants thrive in drylands by keeping their stomata, or pores, shut during the day to conserve water and open at night to collect carbon dioxide. This form of photosynthesis, known as crassulacean acid metabolism or CAM, has evolved over millions of years, building water-saving characteristics in plants such asKalanchoë, orchid and pineapple.

"CAM is a proven mechanism for increasing water-use efficiency in plants", ORNL coauthor Xiaohan Yang stated. "As we reveal the building blocks that make up CAM photosynthesis, we will be able to bioengineer the metabolic processes of water-heavy crops such as rice, wheat, soybeans and poplar to accelerate their adaptation to water-limited environments."

Scientists are studying a variety of drought-resistant plants to unlock the mystery of CAM photosynthesis. For this work, the ORNL-led team sequenced the genome ofKalanchoë fedtschenkoi, an emerging model for CAM genomics research because of its relatively small genome and amenability to genetic modification.

The team investigated and compared the genomes ofK. fedtschenkoi,Phalaenopsis equestris(orchid) andAnanas comosus(pineapple) using ORNL's Titan supercomputer.

"It is widely accepted that some unrelated plants exhibit similar characteristics under similar environmental conditions, a process known as convergent evolution", Xiaohan Yang stated.

They identified 60 genes that exhibited convergent evolution in CAM species, including convergent daytime and nighttime gene expression changes in 54 genes, as well as protein sequence convergence in six genes. In particular, the team discovered a novel variant of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase, or PEPC. PEPC is an important "worker" enzyme responsible for the nighttime fixation of carbon dioxide into malic acid. Malic acid is then converted back to carbon dioxide for photosynthesis during the day.

"These convergent changes in gene expression and protein sequences could be introduced into plants that rely on traditional photosynthesis, accelerating their evolution to become more water-use efficient", stated Xiaohan Yang. The team published their findings inNature Communications.

Crop production is the world's largest consumer of freshwater. Availability of clean water resources is shrinking because of urbanization, human population growth and changes in climate, which presents a challenge to optimal growing environments.

To address this concern, engineering CAM photosynthesis into food and energy crops could reduce agricultural water use and boost crops' resilience when the water supply is less than desirable.

"Studying the genome of water-efficient plants may also provide insights into a plant's ability to use slightly saline water and maintain growth under higher temperature and lower clean water availability", stated Jerry Tuskan, coauthor and chief executive officer of the Center for Bioenergy Innovation led by ORNL. "If we can identify the mechanisms for water-use efficiency, we could move this trait into agronomic plants, supply non-potable water as irrigation to those plants and save the clean water for drinking."

The study titled, "The Kalanchoë genome provides insights into convergent evolution and building blocks of crassulacean acid metabolism", included ORNL coauthors Xiaohan Yang, Rongbin Hu, Hengfu Yin, Degao Liu, Deborah Weighill, Robert Moseley, Sara Jawdy, Zhihao Zhang, Meng Xie, Paul Abraham, Ritesh Mewalal, Kaitlin Palla, Henrique Cestari De Paoli, Anne Borland, Jin-Gui Chen, Wellington Muchero, Daniel Jacobson, Timothy Tschaplinski, Robert Hettich and Jerry Tuskan.

The study also included collaborators from University of Tennessee, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, the DOE Joint Genome Institute, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, University of Nevada, University of Georgia, Northern Illinois University, University of Liverpool, University of Oxford, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Pacific Biosciences Inc., Michigan State University, Newcastle University and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

The research was funded by DOE's Office of Science - Biological and Environmental Research, Genomic Science Programme - and ORNL's Laboratory Directed Research and Development programme. The work also used resources of the Compute and Data Environment for Science at ORNL, a fully integrated infrastructure offering scalable computing, software support and high-performance Cloud storage services and the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, which is a DOE Office of Science User Facility.

Source: DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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Primeur weekly 2017-12-04

Quantum computing

Simulating physics ...

Key component for quantum computing invented ...

Quantum-emitting answer might lie in the solution ...

Quantum systems correct themselves ...

NCSA SPIN intern Daniel Johnson published in Classical and Quantum Gravity ...

Focus on Europe

9th Irish Supercomputer List published ...

Gap between research and industry HPC in Ireland widens ...

SURFsara extends its status as Intel Parallel Computing Center for 2018 ...

EXDCI issues Call for Workshops for the European HPC Summit Week 2018 ...

Hardware

Supermicro introduces next-generation storage form factor with new Intel "Ruler" all-flash NVMe 1U server and JBOF ...

New director named at Los Alamos National Laboratory ...

AccelStor empowers all-flash array to advance genomics data analysis ...

New Storage 2020 report outlines vision for future HPC storage ...

Loci adds William Schrader, former PSINet Inc. CEO, to Advisory Board ...

Shantenu Jha named Chair of Brookhaven Lab's Center for Data-Driven Discovery ...

Applications

ORNL-designed algorithm leverages Titan to create high-performing deep neural networks ...

Drought-resistant plant genes could accelerate evolution of water-use efficient crops ...

HPE partners with Stephen Hawking's COSMOS Research Group and the Cambridge Faculty of Mathematics ...

Monopole current offers way to control magnets ...

70Gb/s optical intra-connects in data centers based on band-limited devices ...

Lobachevsky University scientists in search of fast algorithms for discrete optimization ...

High-Performance Computing cuts particle collision data prep time ...

TOP500

High performance computer MOGON II at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz among the 100 fastest supercomputers in the world ...

The Cloud

HPE unveils industryis first SaaS-based multi-Cloud management solution for on-premises and public Clouds ...

AccelStor revs up NeoSapphire all-flash array portfolio for next generation Cloud application ...