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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Forage and Range Research
Monaco, Thomas
Res Ecologist
Tom.Monaco@ars.usda.gov
(435)797-3066
USDA, ARS, PWA, FORAGE AND RANGE RESEARCH
UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY-696 NORTH 1100 EAST
LoganUT84322

Mission:
Research is focused on broadening the biodiversity of forage germplasm, developing improved management practices, and providing an array of improved plant materials for enhancing both semi-arid and irrigated private and public lands in the western United States. Specific germplasm improvement projects seek to provide novel plants for conservation, reclamation, recreation, forage production, and sustainable management practices. New genetic combinations, germplasm introductions, and plant selection provide a genetically enhanced gene pool for use in developing new plant materials. Modern methods of biotechnology are used to improve the efficiency of traditional plant breeding efforts. Polymerase chain reaction, AFLP, SSR, and SNP genetic markers, DNA sequencing, and marker assisted selection are used to identify desirable genes such as those imparting increased biomass and forage quality, cold temperature growth, seedling vigor, salt tolerance, and reduced seed dormancy. Management, physiological, and biochemical studies are effected to improve the knowledge base related to water-use efficiency, drought tolerance, cool temperature growth, nitrogen metabolism, and other adaptations that impact seedling vigor and enhanced plant growth in semi-arid environments.

  Pacific West Area
    Logan, Utah
      Forage and Range Research
People:
Ballard, Ilene
(435) 797-3066

Secretary (Office Automation)
Bradford, Jeremy
(435) 797-3288

Biological Science Aid
Briscoe, Jacob
(435) 797-3288

Biological Science Aid
Buffham, James Ramsey
(435) 770-8439

Agricultural Science Research Technician
Burr, Jan
(435) 760-5929

Agricultural Science Research Technician
Bushman, Shaun
(435) 797-2901

Research Geneticist (Plants)
Crockett, Richard
(435) 797-3209

Student Trainee
Jenkins, Justin
(435) 797-2249

Biological Science Aid
Jensen, Kevin
(435) 797-3099

Research Geneticist (Plants)
Johnson, Douglas
(435) 797-3067

Research Plant Physiologist
Johnson, Linnea Lin
(435) 797-3066

Biological Science Lab Technician
Jones, Thomas
(435) 797-3082

Research Geneticist (Plants)
Larson, Steven
(435) 797-1703

Research Geneticist (Plants)
Lind, Daniel
(435) 797-3222

Biological Science Lab Technician
Marchant, Braydon
(435) 797-2249

Biological Science Aid
Michaels, Lisa
(435) 797-3066

Biological Science Lab Technician
Monaco, Thomas
(435) 797-7231

Res Ecologist
Mortenson, John
(435) 797-2249

Biological Science Aid
Nelson, Ryan
(435) 797-3066

Agronomist
Newhall, Jason
(435) 797-3073

Biological Science Aid
Peel, Michael
(435) 797-3288

Research Geneticist (Plants)
Ray, Dakota
(435) 797-3082

Agricultural Science Research Technician
Reed, Ronald
(435) 797-3079

Rangeland Mgmt Speclst
Rigby, Craig
(435) 797-3069

Agronomist
Robbins, Matthew
(435) 797-3209

Geneticist
Robins, Joseph
(435) 797-2905

Research Geneticist (Plants)
Staub, Jack
(435) 797-2249

Supvy Res Plant Physiol
Thorsted, Kimberly
(435) 797-3089

Biological Science Lab Technician
Waldron, Blair
(435) 797-3073

Research Geneticist (Plants)
Wang, Richard
(435) 797-3222

Research Geneticist (Plants)
Westmoreland, Fredrick
(435) 797-2249

Biological Science Aid
Williams, Justin
(435) 797-3066

Rangeland Mgmt Speclst
Last Modified: 8/27/2016
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