Climate-Resilient Crop Breeding Work Receives Funding

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) is providing a $796,878 Seeding Solutions grant to Cornell University to study how different plant genomes respond to environment conditions throughout the entire growing season, with the goal of improving crops’ climate resiliency. BASF, Limagrain and Virginia Crop Improvement Association are providing matching funds for a total investment of nearly $1.6 million. To develop climate resilient crops, breeders must first understand how traits such as yield vary across environments and whether genetic variations can influence a crop’s sensitivity to climate conditions. With this knowledge, breeders and growers can use genomic data to predict crops’ resiliency and select plants for breeding that are best suited to expected and unexpected future climate conditions.