Date Funded: 2006
Amount: $5 million
Duration: 4 years
Objective: Develop genomic tools and methods of barley breeding programs that will help breeders identify agronomic and economically important genes, thereby producing superior barley crops.
Why? By creating a genetic road map of barley, producers may increase their competitiveness by producing high-yield, high-quality barley. The new crops will include improvements in food and malt quality, as well as disease resistance.
Impact: New technology to examine barley genome enables researchers to locate genes of agriculturally important traits (disease resistance, high yield, food quality, etc.). This information will make the breeding process more efficient and effective.
Participants: University of Minnesota, lead institution
Busch Agricultural Research, Inc.
Iowa State University
Montana State University
North Dakota State University
Oregon State University
University of California-Davis
University of California-Berkeley
University of California-Riverside
Utah State University
USDA Agricultural Research Service
Washington State University