The major focus of the WSU barley breeding program is the development of malt, food, forage and feed varieties adapted to the diverse growing regions of Washington state and the Pacific Northwest. The lab is also part of the Soil to Society USDA-NIFA AFRI SAS grant to provide more nutritious barley. We are equipped to provide grain and malt analytical services to third parties as well as conducting barley pathology research into globally important diseases. Check out some fun barley facts.
The lab uses modern molecular techniques to map, validate and characterize genes involved in the interaction between barley and globally important diseases such as stem rust, net form net blotch and spot form net blotch. Students are accepted into the Crop and Soil Science or Molecular Plant Science programs and have a strong background in either genetics or plant science.