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With more than 35 core faculty actively developing new cultivars, germplasms, and parental lines – it 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

Carlos Iglesias with a wolf sculpture

Dr. Carlos Iglesias

Director of the Plant Breeding Consortium
272 Kilgore Hall
2721 Founders Dr.,
Raleigh, NC 27607

Phone: 919.515.1211
Cell: 984.363.0400
Email: caiglesi@ncsu.edu