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Milla-Lewis, Susana Rita

Crop and Soil Sciences
919-515-7959 fax
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The goal of the NC State Turfgrass Breeding and Genetics program is to improve the sustainability and economic gain of the overall turfgrass industry in the state through the development of cultivars that require reduced inputs and that are capable of tolerating biotic and environmental stresses while still maintaining good quality and overall performance. Additionally, the program is focusing on generating genomic information and utilizing it to relate phenotypic traits to DNA nucleotide polymorphism. Current research activities include, but are not limited to:

?-Breeding for cold tolerance in warm-season grasses

-Breeding for heat and drought tolerance in tall fescue 

-Breeding for disease resistance

-Utilization of exotic germplasm 

-Mutation breeding

-Application of molecular markers to turfgrass improvement 

-QTL mapping

-Molecular taxonomy 

Plant Breeding | Plant Genomics and Genetics
Country(s) of experience:
Peru | United States |
Type(s) of International Experience:
Advisor for international students
Connecting Research, Education, and Outreach (CREdO) - Peru Development project
03/01/2017 - 12/31/2020
Funding Agency/Sponsor: Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) | Consejo Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e innovación Tecnológica (CONCYTEC) | Instituto Nacional de Innovacion Agraria (INIA)
Institutional Partner: International Potato Center (CIP) (Centro Internacional de la Papa), Peru | Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (UNALM), Peru | Instituto Nacional de Innovacion Agraria | Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH), Perú | USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), USA | Consejo Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Tecnológica (CONCYTEC), Perú