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About Us

We are a research group in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota - St. Paul Campus. Led by Professor Kevin Smith, our lab is officially recognized as the barley breeding and genetics group, however we now conduct breeding experiments on three plants species:

  • Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.)
  • Silphium (Silphium integrifolium Michx.)
  • Oat (Avena sativa L.)

Our research foci are just as diverse as the list of species we work on. Projects cover many various topics, including genomewide selection, agronomics, mapping and dissection of genetic loci and exploration of genetic diversity.

We are a fairly large research family, with 1 principal investigator, 4 technicians, 1 visiting scientist, 2 postdoctoral assistant, 6 graduate students, and several undergraduate research assistants!

Barley Blog

Register Now for Barley U

Barley U, the University of Minnesota barley research field day, is scheduled for July 9, 2018. Please register here!



Jeff Neyhart to receive Hayes-Phillips Award

Jeff Neyhart, PhD candidate in the Smith Lab will receive the 2018 Hayes Phillips award on April 13