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Multistate Project NE-1710

Improving Forage and Bioenergy Crops for Better Adaptation, Resilience, and Flexibility

Multistate Project NE-1710 is a cooperative research project among perennial forage breeders in North America. There are four main objectives:

  1. Breeding crops with higher forage yield, improved forage quality for livestock production, longevity, and resistance or tolerance to biotic and abiotic stress conditions to provide more economical food production.
  2. Developing forage crops that will be productive under abiotic stresses, including drought, flooding, cold and warm temperatures, and soil salinity.
  3. Developing cultivars with improved biomass and quality, with improved resistance or tolerance to biotic and abiotic stress conditions. Research will include: improved seed germination, seedling vigor, biomass production, disease and insect resistance, etc., across multiple environments, especially on marginal soils where these species are likely to be used without competing with food crops.
  4. Improving the yield, nutritional quality, and storability of forage crops to ensure an ample supply of good quality feed to animals, an essential step in securing the food chain to the consumer.

Research Project Descriptions


Surya Acharya (LRC, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada)
Brian Baldwin (Mississippi State Univ.)
Bill Biligetu (SRC, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada)
Arvid Boe (South Dakota State Univ.)
Charlie Brummer (UC Davis)
Yves Castonguay (AAFC, St. Foy, Quebec, QC)
Annie Claessens (AAFC, St. Foy, Quebec, QC)
Bruce Coulman (SRC, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada)
Nancy Ehlke (Univ. Minnesota)
Michael Fitzner (USDA-CSREES)
Andy Hopkins (Noble Foundation)
Zulfi Jahnufer (AgResearch, NZ )
Nitya Khanal (SRC, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada)
Maria Monteros (Noble Foundation)
Jesse Morrison (Mississippi State Univ.)
Ivan Mott (USDA-ARS)
Yousef Papadopoulos (CLRC, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada)
Michael Peel (FRRL, USDA-ARS)
Tim Phillips (Univ. of Kentucky)
Heathcliffe Riday (USDA-ARS, WI)
Joseph Robins (USDA-ARS)
Donn Vellekson (Univ. of Minnesota)
Don Viands (Admin. Advisor, Cornell Univ.)

Additional Information

NIMSS web site