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Crop & Soil Sciences: Personnel: Faculty

Wayne Hanna

Photo: Wayne Hanna Academic Rank: Professor
Academic History: Ph.D. Texas A&M University 1970
Area of Expertise: Plant Breeding and Genomics
Campus: Tifton
Office Location: 142 Plant Science Building
Phone: 229/386-3184
Fax: 229/386-7293
Shipping Address: Crop & Soil Sciences
The University of Georgia
2360 Rainwater Rd.
Tifton, GA 31793
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Research, Teaching, and Extension Work

I conduct research on the breeding, genetics, cytogenetics, molecular genetics and management of new grasses used for forage and turf. Some of our best-known cultivars include TifSport and TifEagle bermudagrass, TifBlair centipedegrass for turf and Tifleaf 3 pearl millet for forage. Our research is concerned with the development and application of fundamental knowledge and principles essential to breeding, improvement, management, and utilization of grasses.

Research includes:

  1. Manipulation of apomixis to produce true-breeding hybrids
  2. Studies on the effects of cytoplasms on agronomic characteristics
  3. Evaluation of methods for utilizing germplasm from wild species
  4. Development of superior dwarf drought resistant pearl millet hybrids for the U.S.
  5. Development of superior bermudagrass and centipedegrass cultivars for turf
University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES)