Department of Crop Science
Dr. Susana Milla-Lewis

Associate Professor of Crop Science

1126B Williams Hall
Campus Box 7620
Raleigh, NC 27695-7620

Office: 1126B Williams Hall
Phone: 919.515.3196
Fax: 919.515.7959

Susana Milla-Lewis
Dr. Susana Milla-Lewis

The goal of the NC State Turfgrass Breeding and Genetics program is to improve the sustainability and economic gain of the overall turfgrass industry in the state through the development of cultivars that require reduced inputs and that are capable of tolerating biotic and environmental stresses while still maintaining good quality and overall performance. Additionally, the program is focusing on generating genomic information and utilizing it to relate phenotypic traits to DNA nucleotide polymorphism. Current research activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Breeding for cold tolerance in warm-season grasses
  • Breeding for heat and drought tolerance in tall fescue
  • Breeding for disease resistance
  • Utilization of exotic germplasm
  • Mutation breeding
  • Application of molecular markers to turfgrass improvement
  • QTL mapping
  • Molecular taxonomy

NCSU Turfgrass Breeding and Genetics website

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