We are part of the Department of Biology and Microbiology and the Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science at South Dakota State University.
Research in Li Lab focuses on genetics, genomics, germplasm enhancement and evolution of wheat and its relatives. We are studying genetics of agriculturally important traits using genome mapping, map-based cloning, transcriptomics, metabolics and reverse genetics approaches such as allele mining and genome editing. The traits under investigations range from grain size, biotic stress resistance, abiotic tolerance to root development. We are developing novel germplasm using inter-specific hybridization-based and genome-editing approaches. We are analyzing phylogeny of polyploid wheats using a chloroplast-based whole genome approach and studying the role of chromosome rearrangements in speciation of diploid and polyploid wheat and relative species.