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Research Programs and Projects at this Location

ARS research is organized into National Programs. Within each National Program are research projects. Listed below are  the National Programs and research projects currently conducted at this location.

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Human Nutrition (NP #107)
Pulse Crop Health Initiative
(In-House Appropriated)
Comparative Analysis of Chickpea, Dry Pea, Lentil and Dry Bean for Human Health Traits
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Development of Efficient, Genotype-Independent Gene-Editing Systems for Common Bean and Chickpea
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Enhancing the Nutritional and Functional Traits of Dry Bean Through Metabolomics, Genetics, and Breeding
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Flavor, Nutrition and Functional Properties of Pea Protein
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Increasing Nitrogen Fixation Potential in Pulses for Environmental and Economic Sustainability
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Mechanisms of Dry Bean Mediated Anti-Obesogenic Activity
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Optimizing Pulse Protein Functionality
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Sustainability and Health Impact Assessment of U.S. Pulses
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Sustainable Field Pea Cropping Systems for the Great Plains
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Food Safety, (Animal and Plant Products) (NP #108)
Detection and Fate of Chemical and Biological Residues in Food and Environmental Systems
(In-House Appropriated)
Environmental Chemical Residues and Their Impact in the Food Supply
(In-House Appropriated)
2017-2018 USDA Survey of Dioxins and Dioxin-like Compounds in Poultry, Beef, and Pork
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
2018 USDA Survey of Dioxins and Dioxin-like Compounds in Poultry, Beef, and Pork
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
2018-19 USDA Survey of Dioxins and Dioxin-like Compounds in Poultry, Beef, and Pork
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
Evaluation of Blood and Tissue PFAs Levels in Unintentionally Contaminated Dairy Animals
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
Airborne Transmission of Antimicrobial Resistant Bacteria and Genes, and Antibiotic Residues from Concentrated Beef Operations
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Evaluation of Blood and Tissue PFAs Levels in Unintentionally Contaminated Dairy Animals
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Plant Genetic Resources, Genomics and Genetic Improvement (NP #301)
Enhancement of Hard Spring Wheat, Durum, and Oat Quality
(In-House Appropriated)
Genetic Enhancement of Sunflower Yield and Tolerance to Biotic Stress
(In-House Appropriated)
Genetic Improvement of Barley
(In-House Appropriated)
Improvement of Biotic Stress Resistance in Durum and Hard Red Spring Wheat Using Genetics and Genomics
(In-House Appropriated)
Increasing Sugar Beet Productivity and Sustainability through Genetic and Physiological Approaches
(In-House Appropriated)
Pulse Crop Health Initiative
(In-House Appropriated)
Characterization of Genes Governing Sensitivity to Host-Selective Toxins Produced by Necrotrophic Pathogens in Wheat
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
Coordinated Agricultural Project (WheatCAP): Validation, Characterization and Deployment of QTL for Grain Yield Components in Wheat
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Dissect the Sea Wheatgrass Genome and Transfer Biotic Stress Resistance and Abiotic Stress Tolerance into Wheat
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Genomics of Abiotic Stress Resistance in Wild and Cultivated Sunflowers
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Comparative Analysis of Chickpea, Dry Pea, Lentil and Dry Bean for Human Health Traits
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Developing Bioinformatic Pipelines for Genomics-assisted Breeding using Graphical User Interfaces
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Development of Efficient, Genotype-Independent Gene-Editing Systems for Common Bean and Chickpea
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Development of Sunflower Germplasm with Sclerotinia Head and Stalk Rot Resistance
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Effect of Cercospora Leaf Spot on Sugarbeet Root Storage
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Enhancing the Nutritional and Functional Traits of Dry Bean Through Metabolomics, Genetics, and Breeding
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Flavor, Nutrition and Functional Properties of Pea Protein
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Flood Tolerance Screening of Sunflower
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Genomic Analysis of Tan Spot Resistance in Wheat
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
GWS to Develop ND Elite Malting Barley with Disease Resistance Package Including Ug99 Resistance
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Identification and Characterization of Host Resistance Genes from Wheat-Related Species for Fusarium Head Blight, Stem Rust, and Hessian Fly
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Increasing Nitrogen Fixation Potential in Pulses for Environmental and Economic Sustainability
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Intraspecific Variation and Possible Effects on the Utility of Non-Crop Asteraceae
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Mechanisms of Dry Bean Mediated Anti-Obesogenic Activity
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
North Dakota Pollinator Health and Pollination Services
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Optimizing Pulse Protein Functionality
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
QTL Mapping of Sclerotinia Basal Stalk Rot Resistance Derived from Sunflower Wild Species
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Refining Genomic Tools for Sclerotinia Resistance and Agronomic Breeding of Sunflower-towards Dissection of the Resistance Phenotype
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Sustainability and Health Impact Assessment of U.S. Pulses
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Sustainable Field Pea Cropping Systems for the Great Plains
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Using Genomic Selection (GS) to Optimize Prediction of Sclerotinia and Agronomic Phenotypes for More Efficient Breeding
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Applying Genomic Tools to Accelerate Breeding for Disease Resistance in Confection Sunflower
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Applying Genomic Tools to Accelerate Breeding for Disease Resistance in Confection Sunflower
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Early Maturing Sunflower for Double Crop Use in the Central Plains
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Identification and Mapping of Genetic Factors Affecting the Stability of Oleic Acid in Inbred Lines and Hybrids
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Plant Diseases (NP #303)
Host-Pathogen Interactions in Fungal Diseases of Wheat and Barley
(In-House Appropriated)
Increasing Sugar Beet Productivity and Sustainability through Genetic and Physiological Approaches
(In-House Appropriated)
Sclerotinia Initiative
(In-House Appropriated)
Cloning and Validation of New Parastagonospora Nodorum Necrotrophic Effectors and Characterization of Sntox1 and the Sntox1-Snn1 Interaction
(Cooperative Agreement)
Cloning and Validation of New Parastagonospora nodorum Necrotrophic Effectors and Further Characterization of SnTox1 and the SnTox1-Snn1 Interaction
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
A Resistance and Susceptibility Gene Cluster in Barley is Targeted by Diverse Pyrenophora teres f. teres Effectors
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Characterizing Resistance and Pathogenicity Genes Associated with Infection B. napus by S. sclerotiorum
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Developing Environmental Friendly Fungicides for Managing White Mold
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Effect of Cercospora Leaf Spot on Sugarbeet Root Storage
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Enhancing Basal Resistance to Sclerotinia Sclerotiorum in Brassica
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Enhancing Soybean for Resistance to Sclerotinia Stem Rot
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Evaluation of Sunflower Experimental Germplasm to Identify and Characterize Novel Sources of Resistance to Sclerotinia Head and Stalk Rot
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Identification of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum Virulence Determinants Relevant to Infection of Multiple Host Plants by Association Mapping
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Improve Stalk Rot Phenotyping by Evaluation of Environment, Pathogen, and Host Factors for S. Sclerotiorum Infection in Sunflower Disease Nurseries
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Improved White Mold Resistance In Dry and Snap Beans Through Multi-site Screening and Pathogen Characterization Throughout Major Production Areas
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Improving Resistance to Sclerotinia Sclerotiorum in Spring Canola
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Mechanisms of Resistance to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum and Consequences for Seed Yield in Arabidopsis
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Molecular Strategies for Cercospora Leaf Spot Management
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Targeting Essential Genes in Sclerotinia Sclerotiorum to Achieve Sclerotinia Stem Rot Resistance in Soybean
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Virulence Characterization in the Net Form Net Blotch System on Barley
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
White Mold Resistance-QTL: Identification, Interactions, and Fine Mapping in Common Bean
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
White Mold Resistance-QTL: Identification, Interactions, and Fine Mapping in Common Bean
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Net Blotch of Barley, Identification and Characterization of Host Resistance Genes and the Interacting Pathogen Effectors
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Net Form Net Blotch of Barley, Identification and Characterization of Host Resistance
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Crop Protection & Quarantine (NP #304)
Novel Weed Management Solutions: Understanding Weed-Crop Interactions in Northern Climates
(In-House Appropriated)
Development of Improved Management Systems for Pollinators, Alfalfa Leafcutter Bee, Megachile rotundata and Blue Orchard Bee, Osmia lignaria
(Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement)
Identifying Loci and Markers Associated with a Simple Dominant Freezing Tolerant Trait in Camelina
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Evaluation of Ecosystem Services Provided by Camelina Sativa as a Cover Crop for Northern Climates
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Hymenopteran Stress Physiology
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Physiology of Insect Pollinators
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Fine Mapping and Developing Closely Linked Molecular Markers Associated with a Heterotic Gene for Breeding Higher Yielding Canola Lines
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Increasing Freezing Tolerance in Winter Canola by Reducing Deacclimation Impact on Freeze Survival
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Increasing Freezing Tolerance in Winter Canola through a Better Understanding of Deacclimation
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Crop Production (NP #305)
Cryopreservation of Bee Germplasm Research
(In-House Appropriated)
Stress Physiology and Oxidative Stress of Insect Pollinators
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Product Quality and New Uses (NP #306)
Enhancement of Hard Spring Wheat, Durum, and Oat Quality
(In-House Appropriated)
Improved Potato Market Quality Through Germplasm Processing Evaluations and Optimized Storage Technologies
(In-House Appropriated)
Improving Potato Nutritional and Market Quality by Identifying and Manipulating Physiological and Molecular Processes Controlling Tuber Wound-Healing and Sprout Growth
(In-House Appropriated)
Eliciting Processes for Rapid Wound Healing in Cut Seed Using Soluble Chitosan Oligosaccarids
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Understanding Bruise Related Issues in Potato Tuber During Long-Term Storage
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Evaluation of Glycoalkaloid Content, Storage, and Processing Quality of Advanced Breeding Materials
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
National Fry Processing Trials - Part II
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
National Fry Processing Trials - Part III
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)