Patrick Byrne

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My program is interested in the characterization and utilization of genetic diversity in plants to improve yield, stress tolerance, and quality of crops. At CSU my work focuses on wheat, but also includes common bean and Brassica oilseed crops (canola, camelina). More specifically, my research applies quantitative and molecular genetics to detect the chromosome regions and explain the mechanisms that influence variation in economic traits. I have also been involved in a number of projects to evaluate the benefits and risks of genetically engineered crops. Prior to joining CSU in 1997, I spent 10 years with international agriculture development agencies in Nepal, the Cape Verde Islands, and Mexico, and 5 years with USDA-ARS in Columbia, Missouri.

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Characterizing and utilizing biodiversity in crop improvement Detecting genes or chromosome regions that control trait variation Evaluating storage methods for crop seed conservation