Germplasm Resources for the Floriculture and Nursery Industry at the Ornamental Plant Germplasm Center
Application Technology Research Unit
Project Number: 3607-21000-015-40
Specific Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Sep 11, 2013
End Date: Jul 31, 2018
1) Acquire, preserve, characterize and distribute germplasm of herbaceous ornamental plants for the benefit of the Floriculture and Nursery Industry. 2) Focus on continued expansion of germplasm collection of Begonia, Coreopsis, Lilium, Phlox, Rudbeckia and Viola. Special emphasis will be placed on acquiring, characterizing and making available for distribution accessions of the native species of Coreopsis, Phlox and Rudbeckia. 3) Characterize the germplasm for important ornamental and adaptive traits such as habit, duration of flowering, disease resistance, and ease of production. In addition, expand basic botanical knowledge of the accessions by assessment of ploidy and genotyping. 4) Explore the interspecific compatibility among species of the priority genera to expand the potential for novel traits or combinations that enhance the use and value of ornamental plants. 5) Expand the use of herbaceous germplasm by breeders and scientists through constant promotion of the resources to stakeholders.
This agreement will permit the OPGC to continue providing the industry with needed germplasm and will allow us to explore the use of the genetic diversity in the collections for the development of enhanced germplasm of potential value to the industry. The germplasm enhancement work will focus on defining the interspecific compatibilities among members of the priority genera to identify opportunities for incorporation of desirable traits into new floriculture/nursery crops.