Our research falls into three general areas:
We study the hereditary information that makes plants different from other organisms and from one another. The importance of plants to sustaining humanity is reflected by the many ecosystem services they provide us, including oxygen, medicines, food, feed, fiber, fuel, erosion and flooding control, soil regeneration, and other benefits. Following closely on the success of the Human Genome Project, plant genomics is entering a Golden Era, with many exciting new opportunities to better understand the world around us and provide in a sustainable manner for the needs of humanity.
Virtually all of our work is closely tied to training of the next generation of plant scientists, consistent with the mission of the University of Georgia.
The funds to support our research derive largely from federal and private-sector grants, contributing a substantial economic impact to our university and our community (we live here too!).
We invite you to peruse these pages, which are intended to provide general information to interested casual visitors, research results and data to professional colleagues, and efficiencies to our own work and searches for new information. Please note that we occasionally have job opportunities available, and also that we offer various services to professional colleagues relating to period use of our instrumentation and/or facilities.
Your constructive comments to the lab director, Dr. Paterson, are always appreciated.