Oklahoma Water Resources Center

Plant Breeding and Genetics for Drought/Stress Tolerance


DASNR researchers work to create drought-resistant Bermuda grass varieties (by Michaela Burns in the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of Cowboy Journal)

OSU releases new wheat variety in time for fall planting (by Leilana McKindra, Agricultural Communications Services, 7/29/2015)

Scientists developing hardier animals, plants: Researchers want breeds, crops that survive drought, heat (article by David Pitt, AP in the August 9, 2012 issue of The Detroit News)

Oklahoma State University Wheat Improvement Team constantly enhancing crop varieties (OSU news release by Donald Stotts, Agricultural Communications Services, 9/14/2011)

Departmental Research Projects


A project is underway to develop turf grasses that are drought-resistant.
(Drs. Dennis Martin and Justin Moss - Horticulture & Landscape Architecture; Dr. Yanqi Wu - Plant & Soil Sciences)

 - Visit our playlist to watch videos on turfgrass breeding.


Researchers are selecting and breeding water-use efficient and drought-tolerant ornamentals for Oklahoma.
(Dr. Bruce Dunn - Horticulture & Landscape Architecture)


Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Stations


Entomology and Plant Pathology Farm in Stillwater:
Weed, insect, and disease control on commodity crops, including vegetables


Agronomy Research Station:
- Irrigation from Lake Carl Blackwell
- Hay crop from drip irrigation
- Plant genetics in grasses


Researchers at the North Central Research Station near Lahoma are determining the drought-tolerance of wheat.



2009 OWRRI poster Moss-image

"Development of Drought-tolerant Turfgrasses for Oklahoma" by Dr. Justin Moss.

View the poster.

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