Chris Chastain, Biosciences, has been awarded a one-year $75,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation. Chastain will use the funds to develop maize plants deficient in photosynthetic enzymes using advanced genetic engineering methods. The plants generated from this work will be used to elucidate molecular mechanisms that regulate C4 photosynthesis. The later stages of the project involves a collaboration with the CSIRO High Resolution Plant Phenomics Center in Canberra, Australia, where the plants will be studied to better understand the process of C4 photosynthesis in maize.