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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)
Developing Accurate and Efficient Laboratory Methods for Testing End-use Qualities of Pulse Crops, Identify Factors Associated with End-use Quality, and Develop Processes to Add Value to Pulses
(In-House Appropriated)
Pulse Crop Health Initiative
(In-House Appropriated)
Assessment of Soil Health and Nitrogen Economy in Lentil and Pea Cropping Systems
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Assessment of Soil Health and Nitrogen Economy in Lentil and Pea Cropping Systems
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Comparative Analysis of Chickpea, Dry Pea, Lentil, and Dry Bean for Human Health Traits
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Developing and Utilizing Functionally Enhanced Pulse Proteins as Novel Food Ingredients
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Developing the Next Generation of Flavonoid Enhanced Dry Beans
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Development of Efficient, Genotype-Independent Gene-Editing Systems for Common Bean and Chickpea
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Development of Meat Analogues with Germinated Pulse Protein Extracts
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Dough Rheology, Baking Performance and Bread Sensory Quality of Pulse-fortified Whole Wheat Flours
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Effects of Extraction Methods on Lentil and Dry Beans Extract Composition and Structural Modification
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Effects of Roasting Parameters on the Functional and Organoleptic Properties of Lentil Flours
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Enhancing the Nutritional and Functional Traits of Dry Bean Through Metabolomics, Genetics, and Breeding
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Field Experiments to Incoporate Pulse Crops in Cropping Systems and Assess Soil Health and Plant Water Use Efficiency
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Flavor, Nutrition and Functional Properties of Pea Protein
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Gut Microbiota Dependent and Independent Impacts of Dietary Pulses on Pre- and Postprandial Metabolism and Inflammation in Overweight/Obese Humans
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Impact of Storage on Functionality and Nutritional and Phytochemical Compositions of Pea, Lentil, and Chickpea
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Improved Short Season Cowpeas and Development of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and Other Phenotyping Tools to Advance Pulse Breeding
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Improving Pulse Protein Properties for Expanded Functionality Using Naturally Derived Polymeric Polyphenols
(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)
National Consumer Survey of Pulse Consumption and Views
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Optimization in the Production of Protein Hydrolysates from Chickpea as Novel Functional Food Ingredients in the Prevention of Type-2 Diabetes
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Optimizing Nondulation in Chickpea for Enhanced Nitrogen Fixation
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Optimizing Pulse Protein Functionality
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Protective Effects of Dietary Pulse Flours on the Transgenerational Influence of Maternal Obesity
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Pulse Consupmtion Improves Gut Health, Metabolic Outcomes, and Bone Biomarkers of Post Menopausal Women
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Pulse Resistant Starch: Interplay Between Processing the Microbiome and Health
(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)
Tailoring Processing Strategies to Produce the New Generation of Chickpea Proteins and Prebiotic Oligosaccharides
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Thermal and Nonthermal Processing of Pulse Protein Concentrates: Impact on Funtionality and Nutritional Value
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Understanding the Pulse-Gut Relationship and Its Role in Modifying Systemic Inflammation and Insulin Sensitivity in Humans
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Using Native Rhizobia to Improve Salt-Tolerance in Field Pea
(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)
Airborne Transmission of Antimicrobial Resistant Bacteria and Genes, and Antibiotic Residues from Concentrated Beef Operations
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Effects of Hemp Seed Meal on Physiologic, Nutritional, and Residue Chemistry Endpoints in Feedlot Cattle
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Rapid Analysis of Bioactive Plant Constituents and Steroid Hormones in Beef Cattle Matrices
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Plant Genetic Resources, Genomics and Genetic Improvement (NP #301)
Developing Accurate and Efficient Laboratory Methods for Testing End-use Qualities of Pulse Crops, Identify Factors Associated with End-use Quality, and Develop Processes to Add Value to Pulses
(In-House Appropriated)
Genetic Enhancement of Sunflower Yield and Tolerance to Biotic Stress
(In-House Appropriated)
Identification and Characterization of Quality Parameters for Enhancement of Marketability of Hard Spring Wheat, Durum, and Oat
(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)
Winter Nursery and Seed Production for Rapid Germplasm Enhancement
(Cooperative Agreement)
Assessing the Importance of Plant Spacing Heterogeneity (Skips, Doubles, Gaps) on Yield, and Heritability of Seedling Emergence in Field Conditions
(Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement)
Coordinated Agricultural Project (WheatCAP): Validation, Characterization and Deployment of QTL for Grain Yield Components in Wheat
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Assessment of Soil Health and Nitrogen Economy in Lentil and Pea Cropping Systems
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Assessment of Soil Health and Nitrogen Economy in Lentil and Pea Cropping Systems
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Comparative Analysis of Chickpea, Dry Pea, Lentil, and Dry Bean for Human Health Traits
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Coordination of the International Oat Nursery (ION)
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Developing and Utilizing Functionally Enhanced Pulse Proteins as Novel Food Ingredients
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Developing Bioinformatic Pipelines for Genomics-assisted Breeding using Graphical User Interfaces
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Developing Knowledge and Tools to Optimize Sunflower Breeding for Sclerotinia Resistance and Improved Microbiome-Related Traits
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Developing the Next Generation of Flavonoid Enhanced Dry Beans
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Development of Efficient, Genotype-Independent Gene-Editing Systems for Common Bean and Chickpea
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Development of Elite Durum and Hard Red Spring Wheat Germplasm with Scab Resistance
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Development of Meat Analogues with Germinated Pulse Protein Extracts
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Dough Rheology, Baking Performance and Bread Sensory Quality of Pulse-fortified Whole Wheat Flours
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Effect of Cercospora Leaf Spot on Sugarbeet Root Storage
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Effects of Extraction Methods on Lentil and Dry Beans Extract Composition and Structural Modification
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Effects of Roasting Parameters on the Functional and Organoleptic Properties of Lentil Flours
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Enhancing the Nutritional and Functional Traits of Dry Bean Through Metabolomics, Genetics, and Breeding
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Field Experiments to Incoporate Pulse Crops in Cropping Systems and Assess Soil Health and Plant Water Use Efficiency
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Flavor, Nutrition and Functional Properties of Pea Protein
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Genetic Marker Development for Hull Hardness and Oil Content in Sunflower
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Genomic Analysis of Septoria Nodorum Blotch Susceptibility Genes in Wheat
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Genomic Analysis of Tan Spot Resistance in Wheat
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Genomic Analysis of Yield and End-use Quality Traits in Hexaploid Oats
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Gut Microbiota Dependent and Independent Impacts of Dietary Pulses on Pre- and Postprandial Metabolism and Inflammation in Overweight/Obese Humans
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Identification and Introgression of Resistance to Cercospora Leaf Spot and Root Maggot for Sugarbeet Improvement
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Impact of Storage on Functionality and Nutritional and Phytochemical Compositions of Pea, Lentil, and Chickpea
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Improved Short Season Cowpeas and Development of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and Other Phenotyping Tools to Advance Pulse Breeding
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Improvement of Barley Resistance to Fusarium Head Blight, Stripe Rust, and Hessian Fly
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Improvement of Durum and Bread Wheat for Resistance to Fusarium Head Blight, Stem Rust, and Hessian Fly
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Improving Pulse Protein Properties for Expanded Functionality Using Naturally Derived Polymeric Polyphenols
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Increasing Nitrogen Fixation Potential in Pulses for Environmental and Economic Sustainability
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Integrated Pest Management of Sunflower Insects
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Intraspecific Variation and Possible Effects on the Utility of Non-Crop Asteraceae
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Investigation of the Genetics of Disease Resistance in Spring and Durum Wheat
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Mechanisms of Dry Bean Mediated Anti-Obesogenic Activity
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
National Consumer Survey of Pulse Consumption and Views
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Oat Pangenome Transcriptome and Expression Atlas
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Optimization in the Production of Protein Hydrolysates from Chickpea as Novel Functional Food Ingredients in the Prevention of Type-2 Diabetes
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Optimizing Nondulation in Chickpea for Enhanced Nitrogen Fixation
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Optimizing Pulse Protein Functionality
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Protective Effects of Dietary Pulse Flours on the Transgenerational Influence of Maternal Obesity
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Pulse Consupmtion Improves Gut Health, Metabolic Outcomes, and Bone Biomarkers of Post Menopausal Women
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Pulse Resistant Starch: Interplay Between Processing the Microbiome and Health
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
QTL Mapping of Sclerotinia Basal Stalk Rot Resistance Derived from Sunflower Wild Species
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
QTL Mapping of Sclerotinia Head Rot Resistance and Pyramiding of Basal Stock Rot QTL in Sunflower
(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)
Small Grains Pangenome Assembly and Annotation
(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)
Tailoring Processing Strategies to Produce the New Generation of Chickpea Proteins and Prebiotic Oligosaccharides
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Thermal and Nonthermal Processing of Pulse Protein Concentrates: Impact on Funtionality and Nutritional Value
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Understanding How Sunflower Soil Microbiome Impacts Resistance to Sclerotinia Stalk Rot
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Understanding the Pulse-Gut Relationship and Its Role in Modifying Systemic Inflammation and Insulin Sensitivity in Humans
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Using Native Rhizobia to Improve Salt-Tolerance in Field Pea
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Early Maturing Sunflower for Double Crop Use in the Central Plains
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Enhancing Rust Resistance in Confection Sunflower Production Through Next-generation Technologies
(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)
Localization and Identification of Barley Resistance Genes to Net Form Net Blotch
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Sunflower Nectar Volume: Impact on Pollinator Choice and Genetic Determination
(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)
Building a Better Lentil from the Ground Up
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Characterization of Necrotrophic Effectors in the Parastagonospora Nodorum-Wheat Interaction
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Developing Environmental Friendly Fungicides for Managing White Mold
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Developing Gemycircularvirus-Based Pesticide for the Control of Sclerotinia Sclerotiorum
(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)
Field Evaluation of Sclerotinia Head and Stalk Rot of Sunflower for Genetic Mapping and Germplasm Development
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Identification and Introgression of Resistance to Cercospora Leaf Spot and Root Maggot for Sugarbeet Improvement
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Identification of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum Virulence Determinants Relevant to Infection of Multiple Host Plants by Association Mapping
(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)
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)
Role of WRKY Transcription Factors in Quantitative Resistance to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Targeting Essential Genes in Sclerotinia Sclerotiorum to Achieve Sclerotinia Stem Rot Resistance in Soybean
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Validation and Characterization of Cultivated Sunflower Lines with Resistance to Sclerotinia Basal Stalk Rot
(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 - ND State University
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Net Blotch of Barley, Identification and Characterization of Host Resistance Genes and the Interacting Pathogen Effectors
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Crop Protection & Quarantine (NP #304)
Novel Weed Management Solutions: Understanding Weed-Crop Interactions in Northern Climates
(In-House Appropriated)
Collaborative Research on Winter Hardy Cover Crops (Canola and Rapa) Between USDA-ARS and GAU
(Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement)
Development of Improved Management Systems for Pollinators, Alfalfa Leafcutter Bee, Megachile rotundata and Blue Orchard Bee, Osmia lignaria
(Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement)
Understanding Cold-induced Developmental Changes in Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
(Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement)
Identifying Loci and Markers Associated with a Simple Dominant Freezing Tolerant Trait in Camelina
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Agronomic and Molecular Responses of Maize and Sunflower to Competition with Cover Crops and Alfalfa
(Non-Assistance 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)
Investigating Deacclimation in Canola
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Investigating Deacclimation in Canola
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Investigating Inter- and Intra-specific Interference in Sunflower
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Functional Studies of Candidate Genes Associated with Heterotic Yield Effects (Hybrid Vigor) in Canola
(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)
Enhancing Pollinator Health and Availability Through Conservation of Genetic Diversity and Development of Novel Management Tools and Strategies
(In-House Appropriated)
Effects of Stress on Insect Pollinators and Pests
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Stress Physiology and Oxidative Stress of Insect Pollinators
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Product Quality and New Uses (NP #306)
Developing Accurate and Efficient Laboratory Methods for Testing End-use Qualities of Pulse Crops, Identify Factors Associated with End-use Quality, and Develop Processes to Add Value to Pulses
(In-House Appropriated)
Identification and Characterization of Quality Parameters for Enhancement of Marketability of Hard Spring Wheat, Durum, and Oat
(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)
Development of Image Analysis Tools to Quantify Storage Quality Traits
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Dough Rheology, Baking Performance and Bread Sensory Quality of Pulse-fortified Whole Wheat Flours
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Elucidating Factors Impacting Skin Set and Periderm Development via Metabolomics and Genomic Analysis
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Refining Molecular Mechanisms that Control Potato Meristem Dormancy and Tuber Sprouting via Omics
(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 III
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
National Fry Processing Trials-Part IV
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)