The overall goal of our breeding program is to
develop genetically superior Brassica oilseed and condiment
mustard cultivars (Brassica napus, B. juncea, Sinapis alba,
and others) suitable for a wide range of environments
throughout Idaho, the Pacific Northwest, and other regions in
the United States. Specific research conducted by our group includes:
- Investigate breeding methodologies and inheritance of
important traits in developing new and improved Brassica
- Examine and develop procedures to increase breeding efficiency
in developing superior Brassica oilseed and condiment
- Develop oilseed Brassica cultivars that would be
suitable for industrial processing, including high quality
- Broaden genetic base and introgress insect and disease
resistance and other desirable traits into Brassica crops
using interspecific and intraspecific hybridization.
- Develop genotypes of yellow mustard (S. alba)
modified fatty acid oil content, improved oil content, and with
low glucosinolate content in residual seed meal.
- Develop interspecific and intraspecific hybrid genotypes
with designer glucosinolate content and quality suitable as an
alternative to highly toxic synthetic soil fumigants.
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