Selective breeding improves plant and animal products because it targets desirable characteristics such as quality, yield, and the ability to grow under harsh conditions, which ensures sufficient production of food, fuels, and raw materials. . It is more important than ever given factors such as climate change and population growth. One of the biggest challenges facing plant scientists is identifying the sequence of genes that facilitates the adaptation of organisms to their environment and using this data in breeding programs.
MM. Lewis Lukens and Cortland Griswold, and the team under their direction, are using the tools of bioinformatics to understand how organisms that adapt well to their environment can be chosen to accelerate the creation of new plant varieties.