Location: Plant Science Research
Project Number: 6070-21220-016-02-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Aug 1, 2017
End Date: Aug 1, 2022
Focused on maize, one of the most valuable crop species worldwide, the Genomes to Fields (G2F) Initiative focuses on leveraging and building on the publicly-funded maize genome sequencing projects to advance our understanding of the role of existent genetic variation to increase plants’ resilience to environmental influences. The Genotype by Environment (GXE) project is a multi-investigator project that is part of G2F. Since 2014, this project has evaluated more than 1,500 unique maize hybrids across more than 77 environments for a total of more than 45,000 experimental plots. This funding will contribute to continue this collaborative project into the future including support for seed production and distribution, data collection, high-throughput phenotyping deployment, and data analysis.
The University of Wisconsin research group will have activities within the following areas to support the GXE project within G2F: - Development of germplasm resources - Identification of collaborators and logistics management - Production and distribution of inbred and hybrid seed to cooperators for trials - Coordination of information and germplasm flow to and from cooperators - Phenotypic, genotypic, and environmental data collection - Coordination of data quality control in collaboration with the database Support team - Coordination of distributed high-throughput phenotyping efforts for the project - Data analysis and manuscript writing - Deployment of a mega-location for field testing - Coordination of biannual cooperators meeting