KOCHIAN, LEON V
Center Director & Research Leader
USDA, ARS, ROBERT W. HOLLEY CENTER
538 TOWER ROAD
Ithaca NY 14853
The Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health consists of three Research Units: Plant, Soil and Nutrition RU, Biological Integrated Pest Management RU, and Plant-Microbe Interactions RU. The Center conducts a broad range of agricultural research, including: 1) the elucidation of gene networks related to virulence in the important plant pathogen, Pseudomonas syringae, 2) development of the knowledge and tools to provide innovative pest-disease management to reduce the use of synthetic chemical pesticides and to provide, safe, long-term control of agricultural pests, and 3) improvement of crops for human nutrition/health and tolerance to soil-related abiotic stresses, research integrating computational biology, bioinformatics, and functional genomics to study cereal genomes, and biotechnology risk assessment. A unifying theme for the Center is the synthesis and integration of state-of-the-art methods in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, physiology, and microbiology as well as in bioinformatics/computational biology to dissect and understand both complex plant traits and microbial processes important for agricultural and environmental stewardship. This information is used to facilitate crop improvement and environmental protection through both traditional and molecular breeding as well as plant biotechnology and improved agricultural/environmental practices.