Michigan State Wheat Breeding and Genetics

Our Mission

To develop improved wheat varieties to serve the wheat community and industry of Michigan.


What We Do

The MSU Wheat Breeding and Genetics program focuses on the development of cultivars with improved agronomics, disease resistance, and end-use quality. Wheat is one of the most important row crops in the world and is a significant contributor to the Michigan economy. ¬†Our program works to address the needs of our local community through implementation of world-wide research efforts and incorporation of novel germplasm to our breeding program. The Wheat Breeding and Genetics program is responsible for the State Variety Trials, which provides extensive testing of both private and public material to the public. Historical data can be found here. Furthermore, graduate student training helps secure our future’s food source and is the basis for many of our research activities.

For more detailed information on our breeding program, please use the menu above to navigate to the appropriate page. If you would like to contact us, please send inquiries to:

Dr. Eric Olson
1066 Bogue Street, Room A382
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 353-0142