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Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics & Genomics: People

Peng- Wah Chee

Professor

Peng-Wah CheeDepartment of Crop and Soil Sciences
119 NESPAL Building
2356 Rainwater Rd
Tifton, GA 31794

Phone: 229-386-7274
Fax: 229-386-7371
Email: pwchee@uga.edu

Research area: Cotton breeding and genomics
Additional website: Molecular Cotton Breeding Lab

Bio

My lab conducts research on the development and application of biotechnology tools for crop improvement, focusing primarily on cotton. We work closely with the cotton breeding (Dr. May's lab) and genomic (Dr. Paterson's lab) research groups to solve practical problems in, and enhance efficiency of, cotton breeding by using DNA marker technology. Projects that are currently in progress include introgression of genes conferring fiber quality from Pima into Upland cotton with the aid of molecular markers and exploration to uncover novel genes or gene combinations from non-cultivated gossypium species for cotton improvement. In addition to molecular markers, my lab also utilizes plant transformation technology to introduce value-added traits for cotton improvement. Projects that are ongoing in this area include developing a more efficient plant regeneration methodology and selection system using green fluorescent protein (GFP) for cotton gene transformation.

Education

Degree Field Institution Date Obtained
M.S. Plant Breeding & Genetics Montana Satte University 1994
Ph.D. Plant Breeding & Genetics North Dakota Satte University 1998