Innovation Lab for Applied Wheat Genomics

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Applied Wheat Genomics is part of the U.S. government’s Feed the Future initiative to reduce global hunger and improve food security. The initiative uses research, education and outreach to advance solutions to hunger, poverty, and undernutrition in low-income countries. THE PROBLEM Wheat is one of the most important […]


Food and nutritional security is the grand challenge for the coming decades.  The global population will increase to over 9 billion and food demand will grow by more than 50%.  To address this challenge, novel advancements to leverage genomic information and expedite the improvement of plant varieties are needed. While genomic information has become inexpensive […]


The WGRC IUCRC is an Industry/University research consortium focused on utilizing genetics from wheat’s ancient ancestors to protect the regional and global wheat supply and meet consumer demands for nutrition, flavor and functional ingredients. The WGRC IUCRC is modeled after and facilitated by the National Science Foundation’s Industry University Cooperative Research Program, and is the […]

Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement

At the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement, we equip National Agricultural Research Institutes with the power to define their unique goals and drive advancement in crop improvement to reduce malnutrition, hunger and provide equitable benefits to women and youth. Our target countries are Uganda, Costa Rica, Haiti, Malawi, and Senegal. This project […]


International Wheat Yield Partnership Wheat yield prediction and advanced selection methodologies through field-based high-throughput phenotyping with UAVs To realize a new level of yield potential, breeding programs must increase the speed of developing new varieties (increase the rate of genetic gain) by evaluating larger populations, making more accurate selections, and decreasing the length of the breeding […]

NIFA Omics

THE CHALLENGE There is pressing need for increasing yield of staple commodity crops to meet food security challenges in the coming decades.  At the same time there is increasing demand for providing not only more food, but more nutritious food. In hard wheat breeding, there is a considerable challenge for addressing both yield and baking […]