Million Tadege, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Plant and Soil Sciences
Plant Funcational Genomics



Tadege’s research focuses on understanding the molecular basis of total biomass production by dissecting key developmental programs that control plant size and architecture. Our program specifically focuses on identifying genes and genetic pathways that control leaf development, plant height and floral transition in C4 grasses; primarily sorghum and switchgrass. The aim is to identify key genes that can be used in the breeding programs of sorghum and switchgrass to enhance biomass feedstock development for lignocellulosic biofuel production. We are also developing a deletion-based functional genomics resource in sorghum to facilitate systems level understanding of plant development in C4 grasses.

“Since switchgrass is one of the dedicated biofuel crops and it’s a widely grown native grass in Oklahoma, we will be tasked in convincing farmers to cultivate switchgrass when the time is right.”


Tadege M, Chen F, MurrayJ, Wen J, Ratet P, Udvardi MK, Dixon RA, Mysore KS (2015) Control of Vegetative to Reproductive Phase Transition Improves Biomass Yield and Simultaneously Reduces Lignin Content in Medicago truncatula. Bioenergy Research (in press).

Niu L, Lin H, Zhang F, Watira TW, Li G, Tang Y, Wen J, Ratet P, Mysore KS, Tadege M (2014) LOOSE FLOWER, a WUSCHEL-like Homeobox gene, is required for lateral fusion of floral organs in Medicago truncatula. Plant Journal doi: 10.1111/tpj.12743.

Zhang F, Wang Y, Li G, Tang Y, Kramer M. Elena and Tadege M (2014) STENOFOLIA Recruits TOPLESS to Repress ASYMMETRIC LEAVES 2 at the Leaf Margin and Promote Leaf Blade Outgrowth in Medicago truncatula. Plant Cell 26: 650-664.

Lin H, Niu L, McHale NA, Ohme-Takagi M, Mysore KS and Tadege M (2013) An Evolutionarily Conserved Repressive Activity of WOX Proteins Mediates Leaf Blade Outgrowth and Floral Organ Development in Plants. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 110: 366-71.

Tadege M, Lin H, Bedair M, Berbel A, Wen J, Rojas CM, Niu L, Tang Y, Sumner L, Ratet P, McHale NA, Madueño F, and S. Mysore KS (2011) STENOFOLIA Regulates Blade Outgrowth and Leaf Vascular Patterning in Medicago truncatula and Nicotiana sylvestris. Plant Cell 23: 2125-2142.