Plant Breeding and Genetics

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Plant Breeding and Genetics

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Crop Breeding and Genetics

We have the unique challenge of improving crops to fit Colorado’s agricultural limitations like high elevations, unpredictable rainfall, and short growing seasons. Our efforts focus on breeding, development, and testing to improve cultivars and genetics in important crops like:

  • Wheat
  • Dry beans
  • Barley
  • Oilseed crops
  • Corn

We also have a comprehensive crop molecular genetics program involving molecular mapping and characterization of agronomically important traits specifically for wheat, beans, and barley.

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Plant Breeding Methods

Our department uses methodologies in genetic engineering, biotechnologies and innovation to understand benefits and risk outcomes in plant breeding. We use an interdisciplinary approach and employ several analytics in our work: 

  • Molecular marker mapping
  • Quantitative trait locus analysis
  • Marker-assisted selection 
  • Cytogenetics
  • Quantitative and population genetics
  • Physiological and statistical genetics
  • Disease and insect resistance
  • Improving crop nutritional value

Plant Breeding and Genetics Faculty

Take a moment to browse our faculty based on their specialized research areas.