Plant Genetics

Through a $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, a University of Nebraska–Lincoln research team is developing ways to maximize sorghum potentials across the United States.
Figure 1. Through a $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, a University of Nebraska–Lincoln research team is developing ways to maximize sorghum potentials across the United States.

Nebraska Team Merges Machine Learning, Plant Genetics to Maximize Sorghum Potential

August 22, 2019
Sorghum is emerging as a star player in the biofuels industry. With its water use efficiency, resistance to heat, and low cost of seed, it could outpace corn, with a little boost from improved genetics. To aid that, a UNL team was recently awarded a $2.7 million grant to work on a rapid, efficient method for characterizing its gene functions.

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Infographic showing map of Africa and extent of fall armyworm infestation and asking Can US farmer experience be useful in discussions on adoption of GM technologies?

Advocacy of Genetically Modified Crops is Needed to Increase Acceptance Worldwide

December 6, 2018
As fall armyworm extends its range in Africa, 13 countries are researching the value and risk of genetically modified crops to combat it and other pests. Only South Africa has approved Bt maize for farmer use. Information on US farmer experiences and practices with GM crops may be helpful to farmers in developing countries.

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3 Online Mini-Courses on Plant Breeding and Genetics

February 8, 2018
This spring the university's Department of Agronomy and Horticulture is offering three advanced online mini-courses on plant breeding and genetics as part of its professional certificate program.

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