Plant Breeding

Leaders in plant breeding
The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is ranked No. 2 among U.S. colleges with agricultural and horticultural plant breeding degrees ("Best Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding Colleges of 2017,", and is among the most efficient in the nation in capitalizing on faculty research, primarily through our work with peanuts. In our laboratories, internationally known scientists produce cultivars that people are growing, and we have more varieties in the field than any other university in the country. Plus, we provide the basic science that helps plant breeders around the world develop better, more adaptable, advanced plant varieties. We have mapped the genome of wild peanut, domestic peanut, sorghum, sunflower, canola and corn, which provides the tools for plant breeders and geneticists worldwide to help improve food security and sustainability.
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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.