Dr. Geoffrey Meru
Tropical Research & Education Center Assistant Professor- Vegetable Breeding, Genetics and Genomics
The overarching goal of my program is the development of high yielding subtropical and tropical vegetable varieties with acceptable resistance/ tolerance to abiotic and biotic stresses using contemporary and traditional technologies. My research program aims to advance basic knowledge of the genetic control of economically important traits and leveraging this information to develop molecular tools to enhance breeding efficiency. The extension component of the program is focused on transferring information about genetic resistance/tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses and how horticultural traits of tropical and temperate vegetable crops can be improved through genetics and breeding.