Plant Breeding, Genetics & Genomics Programs

With the world's population estimated to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, more food — and more nutritious food — will be needed, making crop plants even more important to feed a hungry world. NIFA provides national leadership and funding opportunities to conduct basic, applied, and integrated research in several areas of plant breeding, genetics and genomics. Our partners include scientists in universities and research organizations, crop food industries, and, of course, consumers.

This portfolio of funded projects is responsive to stakeholder critical needs for increased productivity by providing agricultural plants with higher inherent genetic potential. To fulfill this mission requires continuous genetic improvement through more efficient and effective breeding, which exploits new sources of genes and traits, innovative breeding methods, data-mining, bioinformatics tools, and knowledge of molecular and biological processes. The ultimate goals of these efforts are to improve the production efficiency, yield, sustainability, resilience, healthfulness, product quality, and value of U.S. agricultural plants.

Funded Projects

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Ed Kaleikau
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