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Crop Science Research

Milkweed in bloom. Photo by Toni DiTommaso

Crop Management: Grain, Seed, Forage and Bioenergy—Cherney, Cox, Ryan

Field experiments to develop management practices that improve forage quality, production, profitability and animal performance; best management practices for corn, soybeans, and other grain crops. Development of grass production and processing for a profitable and environmentally sound source of bioenergy. Evaluation of environmental, biotic, and management interactions that influence the growth, development, yield, and quality of crops. Management of crops for maximum economic returns and minimum soil erosion and nitrate losses with environmentally safe management practices..

Cropping Systems—Cox, Hobbs, Ryan

Development of cover crops by identifying management strategies that maximize their benefits and minimize obstacles to their adoption. Diversifying crop rotations, exploring the impacts of conservation agriculture on soil health, and water management.

Crop Physiology and Molecular Biology—Setter, Vatamaniuk

Mechanisms by which drought and other environmental stresses arrest sink-organ development (especially kernels and other storage organs), alter phytohormone levels and modify the expression of gene products involved in stress response and floral/seed set. Mechanisms used to detoxify heavy metals; genes involved in uptake, transport and sequestration of metals and interacting pathways.

Weed Science—DiTommaso, Hahn

Integrated weed management involving ways that biotic and abiotic factors affect weed population and community dynamics, and seed dormancy. Invasive weed biology and biological control measures. Weed control recommendations, herbicide residues and resistant biotypes.