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Monteros Lab

The Monteros Laboratory integrates genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics and phenotypic data on plant performance to understand mechanisms plants use for growth, development, and coping with abiotic and biotic stress factors to develop plants that are able to thrive and be productive with lower on-farm inputs.

Alfalfa

The overall goals of the forage legume breeding and genomics program are to develop genetic solutions to factors limiting agricultural productivity and implement molecular breeding strategies to facilitate selection and accelerate genetic gains during cultivar development. Alfalfa is an important forage legume species due to the excellent agricultural infrastructure, multiple benefits to livestock producers both regionally and globally, and its use as a dual-purpose forage. Its capacity for symbiotic nitrogen fixation and nutritional value are desirable forage characteristics. However, additional traits such as increased biomass yield, tolerance to specific stresses (soil acidity, drought, diseases and insects), grazing tolerance and persistence are needed in commercial cultivars.

Pecan

Pecan is the largest specialty crop in Oklahoma and has multiple health benefits. Pecan scab disease is a threat for pecan growers due to the negative impact on tree productivity and the potential to destroy established orchards. The goal of this project is to develop genomic resources for pecan, develop DNA fingerprinting strategies for variety identification and identify genetic determinants to pecan scab resistance using genomics-based approaches.

Yanina Alarcon
Yanina Alarcon

Research Associate 1

Legume Genomics

Rokebul Anower, Ph.D.
Rokebul Anower, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

F365-Water Use Efficiency-MM

Matthew Argo
Matthew Argo

Research Technician

Legume Genomics

Brice Cazenave, Ph.D.
Brice Cazenave, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

F365-Phosphorus Efficiency-MM

Chunlin He, Ph.D.
Chunlin He, Ph.D.

Alfalfa Breeder's Toolbox Curator

F365-Breeders Toolbox-MM

Tim Hernandez
Tim Hernandez

Research Associate 1

Legume Genomics

Christy Motes
Christy Motes

Senior Research Associate 1

F365-Root Architecture-MM

Alyssa Nedley
Alyssa Nedley

Research Assistant 3

Grant-USDA NIFA/NMSU Pecan

Silvas Prince Kirubakaran, Ph.D.
Silvas Prince Kirubakaran, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

F365-Root Architecture-MM

Nadim Tayeh, Ph.D.
Nadim Tayeh, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Legume Genomics