Brassica Breeding and Research
The overall goal of our breeding program is to develop genetically superior Brassica oilseed and condiment mustard cultivars (Brassica napus, B. juncea, Sinapis alba and others) suitable for a wide range of environments throughout Idaho, the Pacific Northwest and other regions in the United States. Our research:
- Investigates breeding methodologies and inheritance of important traits in developing improved Brassica crop species.
- Develops procedures to increase breeding efficiency for superior Brassica oilseed and condiment cultivars.
- Develops oilseed Brassica cultivars suitable for industrial processing, including high quality biodiesel.
- Broadens genetic base and introgress insect and disease resistance and other desirable traits into Brassica crops using interspecific and intraspecific hybridization.
- Develops genotypes of yellow mustard modified fatty acid oil content, improved oil content and with low glucosinolate content in residual seed meal.
- Develops interspecific and intraspecific hybrid genotypes with designer glucosinolate content and quality suitable as an alternative to highly toxic synthetic soil fumigants.