Sweetpotato Breeders

Dr. Craig Yencho

Dr. Craig Yencho has research responsibilities in sweetpotato and potato breeding and genetics. Research emphasis is on developing disease and insect-resistant table-stock, processing, and specialty-type sweetpotatoes and potatoes adapted to North Carolina’s growing conditions with improved root and tuber quality, respectively. Research interests include plant breeding, plant resistance to insects and pathogens, use of wild and/or related plant germplasm as a source of commercially important traits, applications of genomics, molecular biology and plant biochemistry to plant breeding, and the production of renewable, bio-based, value-added products in sweetpotato and potato, and international agricultural development.