Erin Neff, MS Student

Erin NeffBiological Sciences: Integrative and Organismal Biological Sciences - MS

Dr. Tom Davis

Evaluation of lambsquarters (Chenopodium album) as a potential source of advantageous genes for quinoa

Since graduating from Grove City College with a B.S. in Biochemistry in 2015, I have begun studying plant biology at UNH. I have become very interested in the idea of improving commercially-important food crops by introducing genes that are found in their wild relatives. Often these genes are ones that have been eliminated through the domestication process of these crops, but they may be the keys to improving crop species' disease resistance or resistance to environmental stressors. My master's work is focusing on confirming that quinoa can be successfully crossed with lambsquarters -- one of quinoa's wild relatives. Future work will be focused on introducing advantageous genes to quinoa in order to improve it.