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Edward Buckler

Edward Buckler
Department: 
Plant Breeding and Genetics, Biological Statistics and Computational Biology
Office: 
159 Biotechnology Bldg.
Phone: 
607-255-1809

The Buckler Lab uses the natural genetic variation of crops to dissect complex traits, accelerate breeding, and address environmental impact of agriculture. We have contributed to developing association mapping, germplasm resources, and genotyping approaches that have been applied to over 2000 species, and we have identified genetics variation controlling yield, abiotic stress, nutritional, and plant developmental traits in maize, cassava, and sorghum. Currently, our group’s basic research is focused on developing genomic, evolutionary, field robotics, and advanced computational approaches to identify the functional DNA nucleotides responsible for yield, water, and temperature stress. We are also developing model crops that dramatically reduce nitrogen use, are overwintering, and enhance carbon sequestration. Our group’s applied research is focused on deploying genomic selection to dozens of crops and animals and developing world breeding programs.

Research Interests: 
Biotechnology
Climate Change
Computational Biology
Evolution
Genetics
Genomics
Plant Biology
BioG 2990/4990 Credit: 
Yes
Paid Work Study: 
Yes
Paid Non-Work Study: 
Yes
Volunteer: 
Yes
Honors Thesis: 
Yes
Research Activities in Which Undergraduates Participate: 
Greenhouse, data analysis, biotechnology, computational work
Approximate Number of Students in the Lab per Semester: 
3 - 5 students
Is There a Minimum Number of Hours per Week: 
No