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:

  • Alfalfa
  • Cotton Breeding/Genetics
  • Cover Crops
  • Forages
  • Maize
  • Peanuts
  • Potatoes
  • Small Grains
  • Sorghum/Vegetables
  • Soybean
  • Switchgrass, Wheat, Millet
  • Turfgrass

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

Alfalfa Ali Missaoui
Cotton Breeding/Genetics Peng-Wah Chee
Cotton Breeding/Genetics Andrew Paterson
Cover Crops Jessica Barb
Forages Ali Missaoui
Maize Jason Wallace
Peanuts David Bertioli
Potatoes Robin Buell
Small Grains Mohammed Mergoum
Sorghum/Vegetables Andrew Paterson
Soybean Zenglu Li
Soybean Wayne Parrott
Switchgrass, Wheat, Millet Katrien Devos
Switchgrass, Wheat, Millet Wayne Parrott
Turfgrass Brian Schwartz
Turfgrass Wayne Parrott
Turfgrass Paul Raymer