Current Projects

Forage Climate Change Study / DOE-NICCR
Effects of warming and altered precipitation regime on managed grassland structure and function.

Current Projects Include:

  • Effects of a Fungal Endophyte Symbiosis on Managed Grassland Nutrient Dynamics and Resilience to Climate Change
  • EndoGas: Manipulating Grass-Fungal Endophyte Symbioses to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Increase Soil Carbon Sequestration in Grasslands of Finland, Spain, and the United States
  • New Zealnd GRASS project - quantification of N2O soil-to-atmosphere greenhouse gas emissions in perennial ryegrass material

Contact: Rebecca McCulley

Barley and Wheat Breeding / USDA-NIFA-AFRI; US Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative; Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association
Breeding for adaptation to climate change by identifying traits in soft red winter wheat associated with adaptive ability, characterizing the genetic architecture of thos traits and designing efficient breeding strategies.

Current Projects:

  • Impact of Rhizosphere Warming on Nitrogen Use Efficiency in Soft Red Winter Wheat
  • Increased Nighttime Canopy Temperatures: Effects on Vernalization and Photoperiod Loci in Soft Red Winter Wheat
  • Enhancing Wheat Breeding Through Selection Of Robust Disease Resistant QTL That Function In A Variable Climate

Contact: Dave Van Sanford

Climate Change Adaptation
Impacts of natural-product fungicide(phylloplanin) on a spring dead spot disease (caused by Ophiosphaerella korrae) of Bermuda grass.  This warm season grass is not yet prevalent in Kentucky, but as the atmosphere warms it is expected to be used more as a turf grass resulting in a growing need for disease control measures. 
Contact: George Wagner
Collaborators: David Williams (faculty, PSS) and Kenneth Cropper (graduate student)

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