Crop Breeding and Genetics

Discovery, maintenance, and modification of germplasm, biometrical and biochemical genetics, cytogenetics, crop evolution, morphology, and related studies.

Crop Physiology and Metabolism

Plant physiology, pathology, mineral uptake and nutrition, photosynthesis, translocation, source-sink relations, and plant responses to the environment.

Crop Ecology, Management & Quality

Establishment, management, and environmental biology of species and systems of mixtures used for field crops, forages, and grazing lands.

Seed Physiology, Production & Technology

Seed development, maturation, germination, and metabolism; preparation of useful plant types through foundation, registered, and certified seed; preservation of viability.

Turfgrass Science

Development, evaluation, establishment, and maintenance of turfgrass for multiple uses.

Forage & Grazinglands

Conservation and utilization in grazing systems, forage and grazing utilization, forage nutrition value and management, forage and grazing interactions with the environment, forage growth and development.

Genomics, Molecular Genetics, and Biotechnology

Focuses upon investigations of structural and functional genomics; mapping and cloning of genes controlling economically important plant traits; molecular breeding technology; gene structure, expression and function; plant cell and tissue culture; development and use of transgenic crops and microrganisms.

Weed Science

The study of all methods for vegetation management such as cropping systems, herbicides, and management techniques.  Research is ongoing in the following areas:

  • grain crops - including corn, soybeans, wheat and canola.
  • grass pastures and forage legumes.
  • invasive weed control on non-crop sites.
  • herbicide selectivity, resistance and mechanisms of action.
  • integrated weed management.
  • cover crops.

Tobacco Science

Burley and Dark tobacco production management, breeding and genetics.