The Partnership for Research and Education in Plant Breeding and Genetics grant program brings government and industry together with Purdue's departments of Agronomy, Biological Sciences, Botany and Plant Pathology, Entomology, Forestry and Natural Resources, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Statistics, and Youth Development and Agricultural Education to ready plant breeding and genetics graduate students for careers after college.
Grant dollars are used to support:
• Student thesis research on genetics and crop germplasm enhancement for abiotic stress tolerance, nutrient uptake and utilization, and biotic stress resistance.
• Classroom learning in bioinformatics, business/economics/management, genetics (Mendelian, molecular, population, quantitative), plant breeding, plant pathology, statistics, seminars and student electives.
• Out-of-classroom learning activities such as poster and oral presentations at regional and national professional meetings, Extension meetings and activities with producers, and corporate internships.
Although the four-year grant ends in 2013, the partners hope to continue the program in some form, says Herb Ohm, who leads the Purdue management team. "We want to keep the momentum going."