Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics (PHD)

Plant Breeding, Genetics & Genomics is the science of creating new and improved plant varieties that are higher yielding, more disease resistant, more nutritious, or simply of greater ornamental value. The Institute faculty actively engage in training of graduate students, the development of new crop varieties, and basic research on the genetics and understanding of crop traits important to agriculture and human kind. The Institute has a strong philosophy that modern plant breeding should be integrated with modern genomics and biotechnology to achieve maximum efficiency.


The Institute for Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics has been approved at the University of Georgia as an interdepartmental organization to coordinate and enhance the various plant improvement research efforts on campus. The Institute will offer MS and PhD in Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics. The curricula for these degrees have been specifically designed to train students in plant breeding or in supporting areas of plant genetics and genomics, taking advantage of all the latest technological developments in the field.

Please feel free to contact faculty members listed in the Faculty page as to the possibility of working under their guidance. More information on the graduate program is available following the links listed above.

Conner Hall
Athens, GA 30602-7501
Center for Applied Genetic Technologies
111 Riverbend Rd.
Athens, GA 30602
Esther van der Knaap