Robert Stupar, Professor
Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics
Sponsor: Forever Green Initiative, Clean Water Fund
Award Amount: $139,000
The mission of the Forever Green Initiative is the incorporation of perennial and winter annual crops into conventional summer annual agricultural systems to achieve maximum efficiency. This proposal makes further progress toward generating a novel crop that fits this goal: the perennial sunflower. Using hybrid intermated progeny from a cross between the perennial Helianthus tuberosus and the domesticated annual H. annuus, we will advance the already five generations of selection on this material. We will also begin identifying promising accessions of the wild, diploid H. divaricatus, a disease and drought resistant perennial sunflower, for downstream domestication selection.