Genomics & Genetics
The centre always focuses to study the genetic control of variation in fiber yield and quality components, disease and pest responses, and abiotic stress responses and to seek the naturally-occurring diversity in the genus, its organization and distribution, and its evolutionary history. By bridging classical and molecular cytogenetics, the formation of allotetrapolyploid, the radiation of this polyploid, and the independent domestication and improvement are being investigated. Integrated molecular linkage map and the next genome sequence strategy to sequence and explore detailed characterization of the cotton genome, solving some mysteries convoluted course of Gossypium evolution and improvement. Map-based cloning of important agronomic genes conferring fiber-related development, pest and disease resistance, salinity and drought tolerance will be our next target in the future.