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The Amaranth Team conducts the following activities:


  • Curation of germplasm collections of numerous crops and wild relatives including Amaranthus, Celosia, Chenopodium, Coronilla, Dalea, Galega, Melilotus, Perilla, Spinacia, miscellaneous Umbelliferae, and the millets: Echinochloa, Panicum, and Setaria.  
  • Information source for these collections with sustained interest in diversity, research, and research contacts.
  • Seed regeneration efforts in these collections.
  • Responsible for taxonomic identity and corrections in these germplasm collections.
  • Responsible for the on-line GRIN database content for these collections.


  • Developing improved methods for regenerating germplasm. 
  • Enhancement breeding in Amaranthus and Panicum.
  • Comparing crop sources of omega-3 fatty acids. 
  • Understanding of gaps and strengths in these collections as the basis for setting priorities in acquisition and maintenance of germplasm.
  • For more information contact David Brenner, Amaranth Curator.

    Quick Link to information on Amaranth and Sweet Clover.


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