We work primarily in soybean. It's a battle against insects and other diseases full time. Our preferred method to do it is through genetic resistance. We find plants that are naturally resistant and you use those as parents crossing them together to get seed that will hopefully have the good traits from both parents.
Wayne Parrot, Professor, Crop & Soil Sciences
The UGA Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics actively engages in training of graduate students, the development of new crop varieties, and basic research on the genetics and understanding of crop traits important to agriculture and human kind.