P. Stephen Baenziger
Baenziger is the primary small grains breeder at the University of Nebraska and a world leader in wheat breeding. His research focuses on developing improved breeding methodology, with an emphasis on biotic and abiotic stress tolerance, development of hybrid wheat, and the use of biotechnology including genomic selection. He collaborates with partners nationally and internationally to develop new winter wheat, barley and triticale cultivars and new breeding methods. Drought is a major limitation to small grains production in the Great Plains and an active area of his research. Water use efficiency will be increased in hybrid crops. Baenziger supports Nebraska’s wheat, barley and triticale industries through his work with the UNL Extension. He has been instrumental to a wheat breeding agreement between UNL and Bayer CropScience.