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Award Abstract #1338897

I/UCRC: Collaborative Research: Wheat Genetics Resource Center: A Public-Private Consortium

Div Of Industrial Innovation & Partnersh
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Initial Amendment Date: July 29, 2013
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Latest Amendment Date: August 6, 2015
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Award Number: 1338897
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Award Instrument: Continuing grant
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Program Manager: Debasis Majumdar
IIP Div Of Industrial Innovation & Partnersh
ENG Directorate For Engineering
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Start Date: August 1, 2013
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End Date: July 31, 2018 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $367,500.00
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Investigator(s): Bikram Gill bsgill@ksu.edu (Principal Investigator)
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Sponsor: Kansas State University
MANHATTAN, KS 66506-1103 (785)532-6804
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Program Reference Code(s): 5761, 8042, 9150
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Program Element Code(s): 5761


Program Director's Recommendation

1338897 Kansas State University; Bikram Gill

1338906 Colorado State University; Patrick Byrne

Kansas State University (KSU), as the lead institution, will partner with Colorado State University to establish an I/UCRC for Wheat Genetics that will build upon the already existing Wheat Genetics Resource Center (WGRC) at Kansas State University. The Center proposes to overcome challenges facing the wheat industry partners, and that will strategically and efficiently derive value from the wealth of genetic diversity in the Wheat Genetics Resource Center (WGRC).

The proposed Center will focus on developing new methods for using wheat genetic diversity, both natural and induced, to solve problems for farmers and end users of wheat. Industry members will provide market awareness, ensuring delivery of traits important to end-users. WGRC's goal will be to significantly reduce the market-ready time by providing novel traits in elite genotypes. WGRC will develop and apply innovative methods to incorporate novel, high-value traits in wheat breeding programs for sustainable and profitable crop production. WGRC houses one of the worlds premier collections of wheat germplasm and genetic tools, routinely capitalized in applied breeding programs worldwide.

The project will have significant broader impacts in a number of areas. Wheat is a critical source of protein, and world health depends upon production which has been impacted by climate change. A doctoral program in seed and wheat breeding will be an element of the program and is clearly needed. Over the last few years, the researchers involved in the center have had significant impact through providing industrially relevant education to a large number of students, including many from underrepresented groups.


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Poland, J.. "Breeding assisted genomics," Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 2015, p. 119.

Rife T and Poland J.. "Field Book: An open-source application for field data
collection on Android.," Crop Sci, v.54, 2014, p. 1624.

Gornicki P, Zhu H, Wang J, Challa GS, Zhang Z, Gill BS, and Li W.. "The
chloroplast view of the evolution of hexaploid wheat.," New Phytologist, 2014, p. 704.

Kono TJY, Seth K, Poland JA, and Morrell PL.. "SNPMeta: SNP annotation and
SNP metadata collection without a reference genome.," Mol Ecol Res, v.14, 2014, p. 419.

Rife, T., S. Wu, R. Bowden and J. Poland. "Spiked GBS: a unified, open platform
forsingle marker genotyping and whole-genome profiling," BMC Genomics, v.16(1):, 2015.

Narayanan S, Prasad PVV, Fritz AK, Boyle DL, and Gill BS. "Impact of high nighttime
and high daytime temperature stress on winter wheat.," J Agron Crop Sci, v.201:206, 2015.

IWGSC (The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium).. "A
chromosome-based draft sequence of the hexaploid bread wheat (Triticum aestivum)
genome," Science, v.345, 2014.

Gill BS, Raupp WJ, and Friebe B.. "Genomic perspective on the dual threats of
imperiled native agro-ecosystems and climate change to world food security," J Crop
, v.28, 2014, p. 88.

Talukder SK, Babar MA, Vijayalakshmi K, Poland J, Prasad PV, Bowden R, and Fritz A.. "Mapping QTL for the traits associated with heat tolerance in wheat (Triticum
aestivum L.).," BMC Genetics, v.15, 2014.

Isidro, J., J.-L. Jannink, D. Akdemir, J. Poland, N. Heslot and M. E. Sorrells. "Training set optimization under population structure in genomic
selection.," Theoretical and Applied Genetics, v.128, 2015, p. 145.

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