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Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics


The Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics faculty are active in the development of bioenergy crops, cotton, forage grasses, forage legumes, peanut, pearl and other millets, sorghum, soybean, turfgrasses, and wheat. These programs are complemented by genomics research to improve the efficiency of cultivar development and by functional genomics research to find genes conferring important agronomic traits in crop plants. Most of the activities in Breeding/Genetics/Genomics occur under the auspices of the Institute for Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, instituted in 2008. The remainder is done through the Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory. 

Research programs are focused in the following areas:

  • Bioenergy crops
  • Cereal breeding/genetics/genomics
  • Comparative grass genomics
  • Crop genomics 
  • Cotton breeding/genetics/genomics
  • Forage breeding/genetics/genomics
  • Legume transgenics
  • Peanut breeding/genetics/genomics
  • Soybean breeding/genetics/genomics
  • Sorghum
  • Turfgrass breeding/genetics/genomics

For more information on Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics research, please contact the faculty member(s) listed below each specialty.


Alfalfa
Ali Missaoui and Wayne Parrott

Cereals
Katrien Devos

Cotton Breeding/Genetics
Peng-Wah Chee and Andrew Paterson

Forages
Wayne Hanna and Ali Missaoui


Legumes/Rice
Scott Jackson

Maize
Jason Wallace

Small Grains
Mohammed Mergoum

Sorgum/Vegetables
Andrew Paterson


Soybean
Zenglu Li and Wayne Parrott

Turfgrass
Brian Schwartz and Paul Raymer