Working on Soybeans


  • Determining research-based soybean variety selection information through variety testing programs and disseminating this information to growers in a timely manner. (Holshouser, soybean breeder)
  • Identification of genes controlling partial resistance to Phytophthora sojae, the causal organism of stem and root rot in soybeans, using a cross of wild by cultivated soybean. (Maroof)
  • Testing of low-phytate soybean lines for selection of improved seedling emergence and characterization of low-phytate lines for improvement of agronomically acceptable low phytate soybean varieties. (Maroof, soybean breeder)
  • Breeding high-yielding soybeans for the Mid-Atlantic region, including double-crop planting system, and incorporation of new herbicide tolerance traits using DNA markers (STS and RR2Y). (soybean breeder)
  • Improving nutritional quality and palatability of soybeans for feed and food markets through lowered stachyose content, using a unique source of the trait. (soybean breeder, Maroof)
  • Strengthening Virginia agriculture through development of value-added soybeans and soybeans for specialty markets (modified fatty acid, food-grade). (soybean breeder)
  • Increasing yields of soybean through increasing genetic diversity. (soybean breeder)
Eastern Virginia AREC in the field

Wheat and Barley

  • Develop broadly adapted, high-yielding, disease-resistant soft wheat varieties with domestic and international economic benefit to producers, seedsmen, elevators, millers, bakers, and consumers. (Griffey)
  • Determining research based wheat and barley variety selection information through variety testing programs and disseminating this information to growers and end users in a timely fashion. (Thomason, Griffey)
  • Develop specialty wheat varieties providing economic advantage to producers, seedsmen, millers, bakers, and consumers. (Griffey)
  • Develop herbicide resistant Clearfield wheat varieties providing producers with alternative weed control strategies. (Griffey, Thomason, Pitman, Hines)
  • Development of broadly adapted, high-yielding, disease-resistant hulled barley varieties having improved end use quality has resulted in resurgence of barley exports in the Mid-Atlantic region. (Brooks, Griffey)
  • Develop specialty barley varieties providing for new market opportunities. Two public hulless barley varieties developed at EVAREC were released during the past five years. Hulless barley has potential use and advantages in feed, food, and fuel markets. (Brooks, Griffey)
  • Develop resistance to multiple disease and insect pests in wheat and barley varieties to provide direct economic advantage to producers and end users. (Griffey, Brooks, Malla, Liu)
  • Inheritance and mapping of resistance to leaf rust and net blotch in barley and scab, powdery mildew, and stripe rust in wheat. (Griffey, Brooks, Liu, Malla)
  • Monitoring insect pest populations with black-light traps for early detection and warning. (Herbert)
  • Evaluation of new fertilizer formulations for wheat, corn and soybeans. (Thomason, Pitman)
  • Develop agronomic best management practices for specialty wheat and barley production. (Thomason, Griffey)