Plant Genetics

Ed Cahoon

Research Team Boosts Environmentally Sustainable Pest Control Via Insect Pheromones

October 20, 2022
Using plant-derived pheromones, the researchers were successfully able to lure diamondback moths in cabbage crops and disrupt mating of cotton bollworm moths in common bean fields.

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Workshop poster

Hybrid Breeding Workshop begins Aug. 10

June 22, 2021
The in-person and online workshop will focus on decisions that must be made when managing a breeding pipeline that results in the release or commercialization of a hybrid cultivar. 

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New dry edible bean plot

UNL Dry Bean Breeding Program Announces Public Release of Two New Dry Edible Bean Varieties

April 19, 2021
Two new dry edible bean varieties will be available to producers in the near future — a great northern bean suitable for direct harvest and the other, a slow-darkening pinto bean variety with longer shelf life.

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P. Stephen Baenziger
Nebraska’s P. Stephen Baenziger has developed wheat varieties that are used on more than 50% of Nebraska’s wheat acres. Craig Chandler | University Communication

Baenziger Supports Growers through Small-Grains Program

December 17, 2020
Over the course of his 34-year career at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, P. Stephen Baenziger has developed 61 new cultivars of wheat, barley and triticale, a hybrid of wheat and rye.

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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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