Texas A&M University cotton researchers and breeders hope to help U.S. cotton maintain U.S. competitiveness in the world cotton market.

A new study will take advantage of new high-throughput sequencing technology to rapidly advance cotton genetics research and breeding.

Dr. Hongbin Zhang, professor of plant genomics and systems biology and director of the Laboratory for Plant Genomics and Molecular Genetics in College Station is working on the three-year, $500,000 National Institute for Food and Agriculture-funded study along with Dr. Meiping Zhang, Texas A&M AgriLife Research associate research scientist; Dr. C. Wayne Smith, Texas A&M professor of cotton breeding and soil and crop sciences associate department head, and Dr. Steve Hague, associate professor of cotton genetics and breeding in the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Cotton Improvement Lab.

The high tech world of genetics is expected to advance cotton research.

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