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Dr. Ali Babar

Associate Professor, Plant Breeding & Molecular Genetics

Dr. Babar has developed multiple heat stress tolerant wheat and oat germplasm and has released 16 oat, wheat, and triticale varieties which are currently growing in the Southeastern US and South America. His breeding program has identified and validated multiple genetic loci associated with stem & spike partitioning components that impact harvest index in wheat and the loci associated with post-anthesis heat stress tolerance under field conditions. To facilitate and reduce laborious and time-consuming phenotyping, he is developing an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) based high throughput phenotyping tool which enables the screening of large numbers of genotypes in a relatively short time. Recently his breeding efforts have expanded to important legume crops including identifying Edamame and chickpea varieties which are suitable for growing in Florida.

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Contact Information


2005 SW 23rd Street
Gainesville, FL 32608

Mailing Address:
Main Campus
PO Box 110500
2005 SW 23rd Street
Gainesville, FL 32608

  • Teaching

    AGR 4320/5321 Plant Breeding/Genetic Improvement of Plants 

    This dual listed course offers a comprehensive introduction into the genetic basis, science and technology for crop improvement. 


    Genetics offered each fall semester.

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