WELCOME TO THE USDA/ARS in GENEVA, NY
The USDA, Agricultural Research Service Location in Geneva, New York, is located on Cornell University’s New York State Agriculture Experiment Station (NYSAES), and is the home for two Research Units – the Plant Genetic Resources Unit (PGRU) and the Grape Genetics Research Unit (GGRU) led by Dr. Gan-Yuan Zhong, Supervisory Research Geneticist and Research Leader. Each Research Unit also has several research groups.
The mission of the Plant Genetic Resources Unit (PGRU) is to acquire, maintain, characterize, and distribute plant genetic resources of selected fruit and vegetable crops, and to develop new precocious and productive apple rootstocks resistant to pests, diseases, and environmental stresses. The research groups that comprise PGRU are:
· Conservation and Utilization of Germplasm of Selected Vegetable Crops
· Conservation and Utilization of the Genetic Resources of Apples, Grapes and Tart Cherries
· Breeding Apple Rootstocks Tolerant to Abiotic Stresses and Resistant to Pests and Diseases
The mission of GGRU is the advancement of grape production through interdisciplinary research, breeding and technology transfer. The research groups that comprise GGRU are:
· Genetics and Genomics of Grape Rootstock and Scion Interactions with Pathogens
· Genetics and Genomics of Grape Growth, Development, and Quality
In addition to the two Research Units, there is an Administrative Office that provides complete administrative support and guidance to the Research Unit personnel. The Administrative Office offers seamless business operations consisting of extramural research agreement guidance, facilities management, financial management and accounting, personnel, procurement, and travel support.
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