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Crop Improvement and Genetics Research
Blechl, Ann
Research Leader

The Crop Improvement and Genetics Research Unit conducts research to enhance the productivity and value of crops that provide our nation with food or biofuels. The Unit relates new knowledge gained from genetics, genomics, molecular and computational biology, proteomics, and biotechnology to the field behavior, metabolism and commercial utilization of crop plants, including cereals (wheat, rice), fruits and vegetables (citrus, potato) and switchgrass. Specific goals include identification of genes conferring resistance to pathogens or to unfavorable growth conditions and understanding how those genes influence those traits; determinations of and comparisons among the structures of plant genomes; development and maintenance of publicly available computer databases and Internet resources; discovery of genetic markers for plant breeding; molecular analyses of effects of environment on wheat flour quality and allergenic potential; production of wheat germplasm with enhanced baking quality and/or reduced allergenicity; and deployment of strategies and tools to minimize risk in genetically engineered crops. Interaction with the broader scientific community through provision of molecular tools and bioinformatics resources is integral to the Unit's objectives. The Unit also interacts synergistically with other Federal agencies, universities, and private industry for knowledge and technology transfer.

  Pacific West Area
    Albany, California
      Western Regional Research Center
      Crop Improvement and Genetics Research
Altenbach, Susan
(510) 559-5614

Research Biologist
Belknap, William Bill
(510) 559-6072

Research Plant Physiologist
Blechl, Ann
(510) 559-5716

Research Leader
Chan, Ronald
(510) 559-5774

Biological Science Lab Technician
Chang, Han-Chang
(510) 559-5631

Biological Science Lab Technician
Collier, Ray
(510) 559-5930

Research Molecular Biologist
Epps, Ethan
(510) 559-5796

Biological Science Lab Technician (Microbiology)
Gu, Yong
(510) 559-5732

Research Geneticist
L Chingcuanco, Debbie
(510) 559-6173

Research Geneticist (Plants)
Lazo, Gerard
(510) 559-5640

Geneticist Plants
Lin, Jeanie
(510) 559-5673

Biological Science Lab Technician
McCue, Kent
(510) 559-5796

Research Geneticist
Sen, Taner
(510) 559-5982

Research Biologist
Swartz, Patricia Pat
(510) 559-5934

Thilmony, Roger
(510) 559-5761

Research Molecular Biologist
Thomson, James Jim
(510) 559-5721

Research Geneticist
Tobias, Christian
(510) 559-6172

Research Molecular Biologist
Last Modified: 8/27/2016
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