Tom Clemente

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The Clemente laboratory is a state-of the-art plant transformation facility that targets the introduction of genetic variation for novel input and output traits in the major commodity crops pertinent to the state of Nebraska, including maize, sorghum, soybean and wheat. The research expertise our program brings to the Nebraska Food for Health Center complements the Center’s transdisciplinary research activities by providing the wherewithal to optimize levels of identified macro and/or micro molecules in foods by genetic modification leading to value added seed traits.

Featured Publications

Peña, P.A,. T Quach, S. Sato, Z. Ge, N. Nersesian, T. Changa, I. Dweikat, M. Soundararajan, and T. E. Clemente. 2017. Expression of the maize Dof1 transcription factor in wheat and sorghum. Front. Plant Sci. 8:434. Doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.00434


Hay, W.T., S. Bihmidine, N. Mutlu, K. Le Hoang, T. Awada, D.P. Weeks, T.E. Clemente, and S.P. Long. 2017. Enhancing soybean photosynthetic CO2 assimilation using a cyanobacterial membrane protein, ictB. J Plant Physiol. 212:58-68.


Köhler, I.H., U.M. Ruiz-Vera, A. VanLoocke, M. L. Thomey, T. Clemente, S.P. Long, D.R. Ort, and C.J. Bernacchi. 2017. Expression of cyanobacterial FBP/SBPase in soybean prevents yield depression under future climate conditions. J. Exp. Bot. 68:715-726. doi:10.1093/jxb/erw435


Park, H., S. Weier, F. Razvi, P.A. Pena, N.A. Sims, J. Lowell, C. Hungate, K. Kissinger, G. Key, P. Fraser, J.A. Napier, E.B. Cahoon, and T.E. Clemente 2017. Towards the development of a sustainable soya bean-based feedstock for aquaculture. Plant Biotechnol. J. 15:227-236 DOI 0.1111/pbi.12608


Peña, P.A., T. Quach, S. Sato, Z. Ge, N. Nersesian, I.M. Dweikat, M. Soundararajan, and TClemente 2017. Molecular and phenotypic characterization of transgenic wheat and sorghum events expressing the barley alanine aminotransferase. Planta doi: 10.1007/s00425-017-2753-1