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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Stephanie L. Greene

Geneticist Plants

     1111 South Mason Street
     Fort Collins, CO 80521

  Stephanie Greene

Professional Experience

2014 - Present Plant Geneticist
USDA-ARS Plant and Animal Genetic Resources Preservation Research Unit
Fort Collins, CO
1994 - 2014 Forage Legume Curator /Geneticist
USDA-ARS National Temperate Forage Legume Germplasm Unit
Prosser, WA


1992 - Ph.D. Agronomy (Plant Breeding)
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
1987 - M.S. Plant Science
University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
1985 - B.S. Plant Science
University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

Research and Interests

Stephanie L. Greene is a Supervisory Plant Physiologist and the lead scientist of the Seed Preservation Program at the Plant and Animal Genetic Resources Preservation Unit. The Seed Program is responsible for providing long term storage of a safety back up copy of our Nation’s economically important seed collection. We also provide safety back up for many international and nongovernmental crop seed collections. Altogether, we provide secure, state of the art storage for over 900,000 accessions, representing one of the world's largest holdings of agricultural biodiversity. Dr. Greene’s main research focus is the conservation of crop wild relative species that are native to the United States. These wild species are important genetic resources that can be used to develop productive and climate-resilient crops and many are vulnerable. She is also leading a team assessing the dispersal of genetically-engineered genes from alfalfa into the environment to determine avenues of escape and strategies to minimize adverse impacts on alfalfa hay and seed growers producing for export and organic markets.  


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Last Modified: 11/12/2015