Eric Nazareno Selected to Receive SARE Graduate Student Grant

October 11, 2017

Plant Pathology Graduate Student Eric NazarenoEric Nazareno, along with Professor Shahryar Kianian and Assistant Professor Melania Figueroa, has been recommended to receive a $11,999.00 grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) for the project, "Identification and Pyramiding of Candidate Genes Controlling Adult Plant Resistance in Oats Against Crown Rust Disease." 

"Breeding for host resistance is one of the most sustainable and cost-effective means to manage plant diseases. This project aims to develop advanced lines with pyramided resistance genes against oat crown rust for release as breeding germplasm," said Nazareno.

This grant was awarded as part of NCR-SARE's Graduate Student Grant Program, which is a competitive grant program to fund graduate student projects that address sustainable agriculture issues. NCR-SARE administers each of its grant programs, each with specific priorities, audiences, and timelines. The focus for each of the NCR-SARE grant programs is on research and education.

Funding considerations are made based on how well the applicant articulates the nature of the research and education components of their sustainable agriculture grant proposals.

NCR-SARE's Administrative Council (AC) members decide which projects will receive SARE funds. A collection of farm and non-farm citizens, the AC includes a diverse mix of agricultural stakeholders in the region. Council members hail from regional farms and ranches, the Cooperative Extension Service, universities, federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations.