Research Associate Sr
Plant Breeding and Genetics
I conduct research in applied plant breeding on forage and biofuel crops. Research involves variety development, evaluation, and collaborations with other institutions. Grant funded projects include integrated pest management and accelerated evaluation of perennial grasses and legumes for biofuel production in New York State.
As a part of the Forage Breeding Project, my program has five major objectives: 1) yield and quality evaluation of the experimental forage populations developed in the breeding program, 2) yield evaluation of forage varieties from seed companies marketing in the Northeast, 3) research on breeding for improved forage quality in alfalfa, and 4) cooperative research with NE-1010 Regional Research Project 5) research and breeding on resistance to potato leafhopper. To accomplish these objectives, each year 5-6000 plots are harvested three to four times throughout the state, about 3000 plant samples are analyzed for forage quality, and observations on several thousand alfalfa plants are taken throughout each growing season.
The outreach focus of the Forage Breeding project includes presentations about variety evaluation results and biofuel feedstock results at grower meetings and inservice training for cooperative extension, at other field days, and meetings with seedsmen and other industry representatives.