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Joanne A Labate

Molecular Biologist (Plants)


Plant Genetic Resources Unit
Vegetable Crops Curator
630 W. North St., Geneva, NY  14456
315 787 2438 (office)
315 787 2339 (fax)


I characterize genetic variation in gene bank vegetable collections using molecular tools. At the USDA-ARS Plant Genetic Resources Unit (PGRU) approximately 200 plant species are conserved as collections of seed, including: tomato, onion, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, asparagus, tomatillo, ground cherry, winter squash, radish, and buckwheat. We apply molecular, population and quantitative genetic techniques in order to describe, evaluate and better manage the collections. We also perform chemical evaluations in the lab for quality components of vegetables, such as, vitamin C, sugar, acidity and lycopene.


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