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Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics Programs

NIFA supports the latest plant breeding, genetics, and genomics research to ensure that U.S. agriculture is prepared to meet the grand challenges facing the world. Innovation in agricultural production is key to producing more food with less impact on the environment. 

Agriculture of the future will be enabled by genome design, innovative breeding methods, data analysis, and knowledge of molecular and biological processes. Breeding crops for the future will require new traits, breeding platforms built for quick transfer of traits to elite cultivars, coordination of breeding efforts in public and private domains, and training for current and future plant breeders and researchers

The Plant Breeding, Genetics & Genomics Program portfolio is responsive to stakeholder needs for increased productivity by providing agricultural plants with higher inherent genetic potential. The intention of NIFA’s Plant Breeding, Genetics & Genomics efforts is to improve the production efficiency, yield, sustainability, resilience, healthfulness, product quality, and value of U.S. agricultural plants.  Click here for further information on Plant Breeding Research at USDA.

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