College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
Heidi Kaeppler's research program focuses on cereal crop molecular genetics and breeding, with emphasis on the small grains cereal crops, oat, wheat, and barley. Long term goals include improving understanding of the genetic control of expression of important traits in cereals for use in plant breeding applications. Kaepplers's group is working toward this goal by conducting research in the following areas. 1) deciphering the genetic systems underlying expression of important traits in cereals; 2) enhancement of cereal crop transformation for efficient functional genomic research, and 3) conducting cereal crop improvement using both traditional and molecular techniques.