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Ray, Jeffery D
Research Geneticist (Plants)
P. O. BOX 345
Stoneville MS 38776

The mission of the Crop Genetics Research Unit is to (1) develop knowledge of the biology of cotton and soybean plants including their genetic, physiological, and pest resistance interactions with the environment; (2) discover heritable plant characteristics that confer resistance or tolerance to adverse environmental pressures, pests and diseases and improve quality; (3) coordinate the National Cotton Variety Tests and the Uniform Soybean Tests for the southern U.S.; (4) maintain and evaluate a soybean germplasm collection; (5) release improved germplasm, and use this knowledge and new germplasm to enhance production and improve the environment.

Crop Genetics at a glance :
Unit Brochure
National Cotton Variety Test
Uniform Soybean Test - Southern States
Research Staff:
      Arelli, Prakash (Jackson, TN)
      Bechere, Efrem
      Bellaloui, Nacer
      Erpelding, John
      Gillen, Anne
      Li, Shuxian
      Mengistu, Alemu (Jackson, TN)
      Ray, Jeff
      Scheffler, Jodi 
      Stetina, Salliana "Sally"
      Smith, James "Rusty"
      Turley, Rickie (Acting Res. Leader)
      Young, Lawrence D. (Collaborator)

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