Foley, Michael E
Supervisory Plant Physiologist
USDA-ARS-PA Sunflower and Plant Biology Res. Unit
1605 Albrecht Blvd. North (Mailing Address)
Fargo ND 58102-2765
The mission of the Sunflower and Plant Biology Research Unit is to develop knowledge and technology that benefit the sunflower industry and consumers and to discover novel solutions for weed management. Research is conducted to develop (1) a diverse germplasm base that leads to enhanced yield potential and quality characteristics, (2) methods to transfer useful traits from wild species and other sources into cultivated sunflower, (3) management strategies for insects and diseases with reduced pesticide use to increase profitability and protect the environment, and (4) knowledge on dormancy in perennial weeds.