Presentation on theme: "Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics (IPBGG)"— Presentation transcript:
1 Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics (IPBGG) Joe Bouton, Interim DirectorUniversity of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
2 A Brief History of “Modern” Plant Breeding at the University of Georgia 1994UGA Research Foundation (UGARF) formalizes the licensing of GAES-developed cultivars1995UGARF Cultivar Development Grant ProgramUses royalty returns to fund applied cultivar development projects11 projects initially fundedCurrently > $1.0 million/year + $0.7 million/year to program enhancements2
3 Plant Breeding at UGA 21 ~500 $3,800,000 per year Faculty in Plant Breeding in CAES at UGAMore than any other US university~500Cultivars releasedMany diverse species$3,800,000 per yearAnnual royalties from UGA-developed cultivars since 2007
4 Enhancing Infrastructure and Programs 1997UGARF funds Plant Genome Analysis Equipment Grant ($0.75 million)1998Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) funds UGA Plant and Animal Genomics Initiative ($27 million)2001Center for Applied Genetic Technologies (CAGT) Building completed2003GA Seed Development Commission and GRA endow Eminent Scholar in Crop Genomics ($1.5 million)2005Michael A. Dirr Professorship (HORT)2007Vincent J. Dooley Professorship (HORT)4
5 Formation of the Institute Response to need for breeders & strong support from state and national seed companies2006USDA designates Plant Breeding, Genetics & Genomics as a ‘National Needs’ area2008 – SpringBoard of Reagents approve Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics– officially begins 1 July (Jerry Cherry and Roger Boerma)2008 – FallBOR approves MS and PhD programs in Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics (David Knauft)2010 – SummerPBGG course designation obtainedHave 16 PBGG courses5
6 UGA/CAES Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics MissionsTo develop improved plant cultivars (varieties) from agronomic and horticultural species of importance to Georgia, the United States, and worldwide.To conduct research and train graduate students in modern plant breeding methodology and technique – including applying genetic and genomic tools to cultivar (variety) development.
7 Institute of Plant Breeding *Only Institute in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences19 Graduate Faculty from: Crop & Soil Sciences and HorticultureAthens, Griffin, & Tifton Campuses6 Adjunct members & Affiliate members(including USDA-ARS)**
8 Organizational Information Director (Interim)Joe BoutonSteering CommitteeDavid Knauft, Brian Schwartz, Paul RaymerGraduate CoordinatorDayton WildeAdministrative AssistantSally McDonald
9 The UGA Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics We define success asBenefitting our clientele by providing improved plant cultivars for licensingEnhancing the teaching mission of UGA by educating and training the next generation of plant breeders and plant geneticistsAccelerating the rate of genetic gain in plantsEstablishing an “Area of Excellence” at UGA/CAES/CRSS/HORT for the futureMaintaining or increasing the capacity for plant breeding at UGA9
10 IPBGG Supporters Strong support from many groups – especially GA Crop Improvement AssociationGA Seed Development CommissionGA Seedsmen AssociationUGARF10
11 Graduate Degree Programs Institute is attracting very high quality applicantsCurrently 10 M.S. students and 13 Ph.D. studentsFirst 5 students graduated in spring 20099 graduated since thenMost students have jobs months before graduatingStarting salary ~$90KMore jobs than students
12 Undergraduate Programs Lack of undergraduate programMajor gap/deficiency2 Georgia Seed Development InternshipsUndergraduate research training in individual programsWould like to be involved with the undergraduate Applied Biotechnology majorGreat feeder program for graduate school in PBGG
13 Future Challenges Retain faculty positions as breeders retire or move Boerma, Brummer, Dirr & JohnsonResearch farm availabilityGreenhouse spaceMaintain Cultivar Development Grant ProgramIncrease student numbers, particularly at Griffin and TiftonIncrease assistantships for studentsApplicant number exceeds assistantship availability
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