The developing world can benefit from advances in biotechnology, but a lot of work is still necessary to make bio-engineered products available in forms that farmers can use. Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project II (ABSPII) believes that farmers and consumers worldwide should have the opportunity to make informed choices about using bio-engineered products.
The Buckler lab utilizes functional genomic approaches to dissect complex traits in plants, specifically maize and Arabidopsis. Researchers exploit the natural diversity of these plant genomes to identify the individual nucleotides responsible for quantitative variation. Current research is focused on developing tools and resources for complex trait dissection, such as drought tolerance and nitrogen use.
The CALS Plant Transformation Facility supports the plant biology research of Cornell faculty by making transgenic plants of time-consuming or hard-to-transform species with a particular focus on New York State crops. With the explosion of interest in gene editing technologies, much of our work involves performing CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome modification.
International Programs (IP-CALS) takes the lead in promoting international collaboration in Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). The program combines experience, technology, and innovation to coordinate projects and support faculty and students in their initiatives around the world.
Transnational Learning, a project of Office of International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, brings Cornell University's leading-edge faculty and curriculum to students around the world. Through state-of-the-art digital technologies, graduate students in countries such as South Africa, Thailand, India, and the Philippines have access to Cornell University classes and are able to discuss their research projects with Cornell's world-class faculty.
Genomic & Opensource Breeding Informatics Initiative
GOBii's mission is to work closely with CG Centers to develop open-source computational infrastructure and analysis capabilities, enabling the implementation of genomic and marker assisted selection as part of routine breeding programs for staple crops in the developing world.
The Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) works to ensure a world where all have access to nutritious food that is sustainably produced by local people. The program funds collaborative agro-ecological systems research and knowledge-sharing that strengthen the capacities of smallholder farmers, research institutes, and development organizations.
The past decade has brought major changes in the U.S. national plant breeding investment. Both the number of plant breeders and their distribution across sectors and crops has changed. The Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee is a forum for leadership regarding issues, problems, and opportunities of long-term strategic importance to the contribution of plant breeding to national goals.
The Public Seed Initiative (PSI) is a collaborative effort of universities, government agencies, non-profits, and vegetable growers working to make organic vegetable varieties more easily available to all.