Biologist Steve Jacobsen from the University of California, Los Angeles
(UCLA) is conducting a research that has a potential to have a significant
impact on the improvement of crops.
Jacobsen specializes in plant epigenetics, and is a cofounder of the
company Inari, which has licensed plant breeding patents he developed at
UCLA. Jacobsen's work descibes the inner workings of epigenetic pathways in
plants, and the tools that allow for precise changes in gene expression
through modulation of epigenetics. One of his research focused on various
proteins in the plant Arabidopsis, and how they can be used to target DNA
methylation. His research team explains in detail exactly how specific
biological pathways work.
Jacobsen's agreement with Inari provides the company new ways to improve
plant performance by tapping natural genetic diversity, and provides access
to technology that influences a plant's genes without altering its genetic