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Grad assistantship available

Larry Smart lbsmart at mailbox.syr.edu
Fri Mar 24 16:10:46 EST 2000

<x-rich><bold>Graduate Research Assistantship

</bold>Faculty of Environmental and Forest Biology

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and
Forestry (SUNY-ESF)

Syracuse, NY

A graduate research assistantship is available starting Fall semester
2000 to work with Dr. Larry Smart
(http://www.esf.edu/faculty/efb/facpage/smart/smart.htm) and Dr. James
Gibbs (http://www.esf.edu/course/jpgibbs/jpgibbs.html)  in the study of
genetic diversity of <italic>Salix</italic> in the Northeast and
North-central United States.  The project will involve the use of
molecular markers to determine heterozygosity and to develop genomic
fingerprints to aid in the breeding of willows for increased biomass
yield, pest resistance, and form.  This project will also assess the
genetic diversity of native and naturalized populations of
<italic>Salix</italic> in the Northeast and North-central United States.
The project will include isolation and characterization of simple
sequence repeat (SSR or microsatellite) loci and the use of amplified
fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) markers in the analysis of
<italic>Salix eriocephala</italic> and <italic>Salix purpurea</italic>
clones.  This project is associated with the larger effort of the 
Salix Consortium involving academic researchers, government agencies, 
growers, environmental groups, and industry to develop willow as a 
biomass energy feedstock and a new crop to promote rural development 
in the Northeast and North-central states 

The Faculty of Environmental and Forest Biology at SUNY-ESF includes 
35 faculty members with diverse research interests from molecules to 
ecosystems (http://www.esf.edu/faculty/efb/).  Students may work 
toward the M.S., Ph.D. or M.P.S. degrees in a number of programs, 
including Plant Science and Biotechnology, Environmental Physiology, 
and Ecology.  Application information is available at 

Please bring this to the attention of students interested in pursuing 
either an M.S. or Ph.D. in plant science and encourage them to 
contact Larry Smart by e-mail (lbsmart at syr.edu) or at the address 


Lawrence B. Smart, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Environmental and Forest Biology

One Forestry Drive

6 Illick Hall

Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone (315) 470-6737

FAX (315) 470-6934

e-mail: lbsmart at syr.edu




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