Cooperative research project should speed barley advances

Oregon State University researcher Patrick Hayes anticipates the next few years will bring rapid advancements in barley breeding from his program and the public-sector in general.

Researchers at 55 universities and institutions in 21 states are midway through a five-year, $25 million USDA cooperative grant, called TCAP, that should make barley and wheat breeding faster and more effective.

Some participating institutions research specific traits in field trials while other labs characterize genetic markers within barley and wheat, paired with desirable traits in the top-performing varieties evaluated. That data is uploaded into a database available to breeders.

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