- Develop improved breeding techniques for five (5) perennial grasses: switchgrass, indiangrass, big bluestem, bromegrass, and wheatgrass.
- Develop new cool- and warm-season grass cultivars and native legume germplasm used as feedstuff adapted to the growing conditions of the US Midwest and Great Plains.
- Develop bioenergy grass cultivars with perennial and biomass characteristics for the combustion and fermentation platforms.
- Integrate genomic selection into breeding switchgrass for bioenergy with special emphasis on resistance or tolerance to fungal and viral diseases.
- Maximize genetic gains via the index selection methodology, the animal model, and the estimation of BLUP and breeding values.
Upland (left) vs lowland (right) switchgrass in Nebraska
|Progeny test plots with spaced-planted seedlings
(seedlings in cone-tainers as insert)
Liberty, latest released switchgrass cultivar, in an isolated seed