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Support Staff Responsibilities

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The Administrative team's responsibilities:
  • Assists the Station's Research Leader.
  • Assists with Annual Resource Management Plan System (ARMPS) budget.
  • Assists with tracking budget by using CRIS Allocation Tracking System (CATS) and other resources.
  • Assists with ordering supplies and reconciles all purchase card transactions in Purchase Card Management System (PCMS).
  • Enters and manages Time and Attendance records.
  • Assists with all personnel related items including Annual Performance Review documentation.
  • Arranges travel accommodations for all personnel at the station.
  • Enters publications, annual reports, research agreements, and other required information into the Agricultural Research Information System (ARIS).
  • Formats Station's NC7 annual reports.
  • For more information contact Marci Bushman.




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The Entomology Team conducts the following activities:


  • Providing suitable insect pollinators in proper quantity and good health for caged plant increases in field plots and greenhouses as requested by curatorial staff.
  • Building domiciles and other equipment needed for insect pollinators. 


  • Researching alternate insect pollinators or handling techniques in cooperation with curators and other cooperators. 
  • Identifying insect pests found in stored seed or field/greenhouse and recommending treatment options.
  • For more information contact Steve Hanlin.

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Facility Management


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The Facilities Management & Maintenance Team is responsible for:


  • Field Preparation and Maintenance.
  • Construction and Renovation Projects. 
  • HVAC Repair and Maintenance.
  • Field Farm Equipment and Vehicle Service and Maintenance.
  • Field Facilities Maintenance.
  • Field and Greenhouse and Work Space Coordination and Allocation. 
  • Student Employee Hiring.
  • Purchasing Supplies. 
  • Safety.
  • For more information contact Larry Lockhart.


Germplasm Information & Distribution


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The Germplasm Information and Distribution team is responsible for:

Germplasm Activities

  • Order processing and shipping.
  • Research projects for curators.
  • Input accession/passport data.

Administrative Activities

  • Support student hiring.
  • Purchasing.
  • Maintain safety records. 
  • For more information contact Robert Stebbins.


Plant Pathology


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The Plant Pathology Team conducts the following activities:


  • Plant disease diagnosis across many crops. 
  • Work with curators to develop disease management plans
  • Laboratory seed health tests and field inspections
  • Phytosanitary and quarantine issues.


  • Disease resistance evaluations
  • Study biology of diseases affecting plant germplasm, with emphasis on seed-borne diseases
  • Develop laboratory methods to detect seed-borne plant pathogens
  • For more information contact Charlie Block.



Seed Storage


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The Seed Storage team is responsible for:
  • Filling seed orders.
  • Storing regeneration sample.
  • Storing newly received original samples.
  • Imaging original samples.
  • Updating inventory counts.
  • Completing taxonomic re-identifications, PI number assignments and updating seed storage labeling.
  • Serving as resources persons to the curatorial teams.
  • Working with the GRIN database to insure accession inventory information accuracy.
  • Preparing backup orders to be sent to NCGRP. 
  • For more information contact Lisa Burke.


Seed Viability & Research


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The Seed Viability Team conducts the following activities: 


  • Germination testing of seed increased at the station. 
  • Viability monitoring of distribution lots every 5 to 10 years. 
  • Tetrazolium testing of hard to germinate seeds. 
  • Notifying curators of the viability status of their collections.
  • Work with curators on special needs projects. 


  • Research published papers for proven methods to break seed dormancy. 
  • Plan and conduct experiments to discover methods to break seed dormancy. 
  • Investigate methods of drying seeds to prolong seed life; this may include genera that are suspected of being recalcitrant. 
  • Investigate methods of eliminating insect infestations in seed lots. 




Last Modified: 12/18/2012