Agricultural Genomics and Biotechnology

Agricultural Genomics and Biotechnology is the area that utilizes modern genomics and biotechnology to advance our understanding of fundamental issues in plant and animal biology and their application to economically important plants and animal agriculture. UNH faculty are involved in multi-disciplinary research spanning population genetics, reproductive physiology, molecular biology and genetic engineering, livestock nutrition, and crop improvement and protection.


William Berndtson -- Male reproductive biology

My current research is directed at improving the fertility of dairy cattle inseminated with sex-sorted semen (semen processed to result in the birth of either 70 or 90% female offspring).  This study falls within my broader interest in improving the fertility of farm animals, especially cattle and horses, through the use of artificial insemination. I am also interested in mammalian spermatogenesis. I have conducted studies to elucidate the kinetics of spermatogenesis in bulls and rabbits, and to examine natural factors impacting quantitative rates of sperm production in a variety of species.  I am also interested in reproductive safety.  I have conducted studies to assess the effects of suspected environmental toxins and proposed new animal drugs on sperm production, and I have also conducted extensive studies to characterize and enhance the power and sensitivity of methods <br>currently avialable for quantifying treatment effects on spermatogenesis.   

William Berndtson - Dairy Nutrition Research Center, Room 102C
Phone: (603) 862-2553

male reproductive biology


Thomas Davis -- Applied Plant Genomics

The aims of my research program are to understand genome structure and evolution in cultivated plants, and to identify the relationships between specific genes and traits of agronomic and economic interest. We use a broad diversity of approaches, including whole genome sequencing and bioinformatic analysis of sequence data, molecular marker development and genetic linkage mapping, molecular cytogenetics, collection and development of plant germplasm (with current emphasis on strawberry), and transgenics.

Thomas M. Davis - Rudman Hall, Room 104
Phone: (603) 862-3217

plant germplasm