This webinar was recorded on April 21, 2015, and it is part of the 2015 National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB) Webinar Series. Find all upcoming and recorded webinars at http://www.extension.org/pages/60426
Dr. McGrath is the Research Geneticist (Plants) for USDA-ARS NP 301 (Plant Genetic Resources, Genomics and Genetic Improvement) CRIS Project entitled “Genetic Dissection of Traits for Sugar Beet Improvement” in the Sugarbeet and Bean Research Unit, East Lansing, Michigan. Research is to develop enhanced sugarbeet germplasm and to discover genes of agronomic importance, and to characterize fungal pathogens and diseases limiting sugar production in the Great Lakes growing region. We generate and integrate basic genetic knowledge, methods, and biological resources for efficient, effective breeding and selection for desired characteristics; discover genetic control, linkage relationships, and specific genes contributing to desired agronomic, morphological, biochemical, and physiological characters; and use genomics to explore development of the beet root, particularly of early season development.