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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Plant Introduction Research
Gardner, Candice
Research Leader
candice.gardner@ars.usda.gov
515-294-7967
PLANT INTRODUCTION UNIT
G212 Agronomy Hall, Iowa State University
Ames IA 50011

Mission:
This Unit's mission is to expand the genetic diversity of priority plant genetic resource (PGR) collections, to improve associated information and information management tools that facilitate their conservation and utilization in research and crop improvement. The activities of the unit, together with research and development applications, support sustainable agricultural productivity, health and nutrition, and economic growth. Activities which support the mission involve 1) acquisition: securing germplasm through exchange or exploration; 2) documentation: maintaining provenance, passport and other data on Germplasm Resource Information Network (GRIN) and disseminating those data; 3) maintenance: propagation and storage of PGR under controlled conditions while preserving original genetic profiles; effectively monitoring viability and health of PGR during propagation and in storage; 4) distribution of PGR globally to researchers and educators; 5) characterization: assaying morphological and molecular traits for taxonomic, genetic and quality-assurance purposes; 6) evaluation: assaying performance attributes, adaptation, and resistance to abiotic/biotic stresses; 7) genetic enhancement: facilitating germplasm usage by a) adapting 'exotic' germplasm to local environmental conditions while retaining its essential genetic profile to make it more useful to stakeholders, and b) introgression of useful genes and traits from 'exotic' germplasm into adapted varieties. The Unit also coordinates aspects of regional and national germplasm management efforts, and pursues research and innovation that a) contributes to the mission of the National Plant Germplasm System and b) through technology transfer, contributes to world-wide agronomic, horticultural, industrial, medicinal, and nutritional germplasm use.

  Midwest Area
    Ames, Iowa
      Plant Introduction Research
People:
Brenner, David
(515) 294-6786

CURATOR II
Burke, Lisa
(515) 294-1378

Biological Science Lab Technician (Plants)
Bushman, Marci
(515) 294-3255

Program Assistant (Office Automation)
Buzzell, Brian
(515) 294-7644

FARM EQUIPMENT OPERATOR III
Carstens, Jeffrey
(515) 294-3454

Horticulturist
Clark, Cindy
(515) 294-9381

AGRICULTURAL SPECIALIST I
Cyr, Pete
(515) 294-8583

Information Technology Specialist (Applications Software)
Engstrom, Fred
(515) 294-3359

Program Manager
Estrada, Stacey
(515) 294-1353

Bio Sci Tech
Flomo, Samuel
(515) 294-3800

AGRICULTURAL SPECIALIST I
Gardner, Candice
(515) 294-7967

Research Leader
Hanlin, Steve
(515) 294-1936

Entomologist
Marek, Laura
(515) 294-3519

CURATOR III
Millard, Mark
(515) 294-3715

Geneticist Plants
Perrett, Jesse
(515) 294-3617

IT SPECLST (SYSANAL / SYSADM)
Peters, Michael
(515) 294-9613

Agricultural Research Technician
Pfiffner, Lisa
(515) 294-9214

Biological Science Technician
Reitsma, Kathy
(515) 294-3212

CURATOR III
Shen, Nuo
(515) 294-2297

Information Technology Specialist (Data Management)
Webber, Kallie
(515) 294-4004

Student Trainee
Welke, Grace
(515) 294-1001

AGRICULTURAL SPECIALIST I
Zimmerman, David
(515) 294-2006

AGRICULTURAL SPECIALIST I
Last Modified: 8/27/2016
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