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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Karen A Cichy


Research Interest and Expertise:

  • Dry bean genetics with focus on end use quality


  • Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics, MichiganStateUniversity
  • M. S. in Plant Breeding and Genetics, MichiganStateUniversity
  • B. S. in Horticulture, PennsylvaniaStateUniversity

Research Synopsis:


Dr. Cichy's research is focused on the genetic characterization of seed traits related to consumer acceptance and nutritional and culinary quality of dry bean.  Her research group employs molecular and traditional genetic techniques including mapping, mutation screening, and gene expression analysis to determine genetic control of seed quality traits.  The use and development of rapid phenotypic screening is a major objective to foster screening of large numbers of genotypes.  Some of Dr. Cichy's current research activities include:

  • Characterizing genetic variability in processing quality and color retention of black beans
  • Development of improved bean germplasm
  • Identification and characterization of beans with low raffinose/low stachyose levels Examination of the impact of selection for agronomic traits on seed nutrient composition
  • Identification of genes involved in seed micronutrient accumulation
  • Improving the nitrogen fixation capacity of dry bean

Last Modified: 8/12/2016
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