The Amaranth Team conducts the following activities:
Curation of germplasm collections of numerous crops and wild relatives including Amaranthus, Celosia, Chenopodium, Coronilla, Dalea, Galega, Melilotus, Perilla, Spinacia, miscellaneous Umbelliferae, and the millets: Echinochloa, Panicum, and Setaria.
Information source for these collections with sustained interest in diversity, research, and research contacts.
Seed regeneration efforts in these collections.
Responsible for taxonomic identity and corrections in these germplasm collections.
Responsible for the on-line GRIN database content for these collections.
Developing improved methods for regenerating germplasm.
Enhancement breeding in Amaranthus and Panicum.
Comparing crop sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
Understanding of gaps and strengths in these collections as the basis for setting priorities in acquisition and maintenance of germplasm.