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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Mission of the Crop Germplasm Research Unit

This Research Unit reflects the ARS Program Plan of mission-oriented research and is related to needs in areas not addressed by the private sector. Included are integrated studies of:

  • the introduction, classification, and maintenance of germplasm,
  • elucidation of cellular and molecular DNA characteristics,
  • identification of germplasm with useful characteristics such as pest resistance and quality factors,
  • determination of genetic control of these characteristics,
  • and development of genome mapping and evaluation systems to more efficiently detect and utilize diverse germplasm.

Last Modified: 7/21/2004