Principal Investigator: James Anderson
Organization: University of Minnesota, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics
Sponsor: Clean Water Fund
Award Amount: $215,930
Start Date: 7/1/2014 | End Date: 12/31/2017
Project Manager: Jeff Berg (Jeffrey.Berg@state.mn.us)
Updated October, 2014
This research will improve the overall agronomic performance of pennycress by selecting and breeding plants that express desirable traits for it to be grown as a cash crop.
Based on the outcome of the breeding program, a genomic selection model* will be created. The gene selection model will help speed up future pennycress breeding programs by allowing specific (desirable) gene sequence to be easily identified for future breeding activities.
Field pennycress (Thlaspi arvense L.) is a winter annual with the potential to be an outstanding cover crop and profitable alternative oilseed crop within Minnesota’s traditional corn/soybean rotation. Cover crops, in general, provide crucial environmental services including nutrient scavenging, weed suppression, soil erosion protection and runoff reduction. Field pennycress may offer Minnesota farmers all of those benefits as well as being a profitable oil seed crop that can be harvested right before planting a soybean crop.
Within three years the following items will be completed:
* Genomic selection is a new approach for improving quantitative traits in large plant breeding populations that uses whole genome molecular markers (high density markers and high throughput genotyping)
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Jeffrey.Berg@state.mn.us ~ 651-201-6338