With more than 35 core faculty actively developing new cultivars, germplasms, and parental lines – the consortium has more plant breeders than any other U.S. university.
The consortium is interdepartmental and focuses on a full range of research programs, courses, and crops. Plant breeders at NC State are based in different colleges (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Natural Resources) and departments (Crop and Soil Sciences, Forestry and Horticultural Science), while other departments, such as Entomology and Plant Pathology, have faculty who are extensively involved in breeding programs for field crops, horticultural crops, and trees. In addition, faculty members who provide strong support are located in the departments of Statistics, Molecular and Structural Biochemistry, Plant Biology, and Genetics. Totally, more than 65 faculty members provide skills in DNA-based marker technology, plant transformation, genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics in addition to basic field breeding.
Connecting plant breeders through international virtual seminar series
What Makes a Carrot Orange?
Three recessive genes are required to give carrots their orange color – and the beneficial precursor of vitamin A.
International Plant Breeding Seminar Series
NC State University’s Plant Breeding Consortium announces its sixth virtual seminar series on International Plant Breeding, totaling six seminars over the course of consecutive weeks beginning October 5 – November 9, 2023, on Thursdays from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm EST.
Ty Seely: Speedy Peanut Breeding
Ty Seely, a graduate student in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, investigates speed peanut breeding in controlled environments to expedite improved cultivars.