The gene expression data will uncover genes that are associated with cotton fiber quality.

  • In addition to our basic and genomic research efforts, I run a lettuce breeding program that utilizes the genetic information on disease resistance as well as the molecular markers for selection generated by these NPGI projects. Throughout the year I meet regularly with seed industry individuals. Markers and genetic information, particularly relating to disease resistance generated by my lab are extensively used by the lettuce breeding companies.

  • We are working closely with Prunus breeding programs worldwide to mark genes that control fruit quality characters, tree architecture and other important traits.

  • We meet once a year with other soybean breeders that work in fatty composition (USB meeting) and share our discoveries. We share information so other breeders can use it to perform marker-assisted selection in their programs.

  • I collaborate with the soybean breeder of the USDA-ARS unit here in NC so when I discover QTLs and develop allele specific markers for candidate genes, I transfer this knowledge to him and either he can use it to make selections or I do the marker work for him so he can make selections.

  • Map and map score data for 301 recombinant inbred lines of inter-mated B73 × Mo17 (IBM), a four-fold-expanded panel of lines equivalent to over 2400 meiotic products. This resource is widely used in public and private breeding, where it provides dense and highly precise markers for marker-assisted selection.

  • Breeders in India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Korea, Ghana, Mozambique, and Uganda have all requested access to both the interspecific advanced backcross NIL families and the strategy for advanced backcross breeding in rice using wild ancestors as donors.

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