The barley Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP) is a community effort of 30 scientists from 19 institutions with expertise ranging from genetics/genomics, breeding, pathology, databases, computer science, food science, malt quality, and statistics. The University of Minnesota is the lead institution for this project.
Special Award Announcement: The Barley, Wheat, Potato, and Tomato Coordinated Agricultural Projects have been selected to receive a 2011 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary's Honor Award in the category of Helping America promote sustainable agricultural production and biotechnology exports as America works to increase food security. These awards are the most prestigious Departmental awards presented by the Secretary of Agriculture and recognize exceptional leadership, contributions, or public service by individuals or groups who support the mission/goals of USDA.
The substantial resources of barley genomics/genetics have not been integrated to improve the efficiency of barley breeding and provide geneticists and breeders with seamless access to genes controlling economically and biologically important traits. The overall theme of the barley CAP is to integrate and utilize state-of-the-art genomic tools and approaches in plant breeding programs, thereby facilitating the development of superior barley cultivars and access to agronomic and economically important genes.
Educational and outreach activities are integrated throughout the project. Our primary education goal is to educate the next generation of plant breeders through integrating students in all aspects of the project. For outreach, we will develop a comprehensive program to extend our efforts to plant breeders and geneticists through national and international meetings, short courses, a web-based database and software applications. For growers and end users, we will develop a comprehensive program to extend our information through a web site, meetings, and workshops.