UNH Researchers Work to Re-Domesticate Quinoa for Northern New England

UNH Researchers Work to Re-Domesticate Quinoa for Northern New England

Aug 22, 2017
Multicolored quinoa seed heads grown at the UNH Woodman Horticultural Research Farm.

At the UNH Woodman Horticultural Research Farm, a facility of the NH Agricultural Experiment Station, a team of researchers led by geneticist Tom Davis are investigating the potential use of a wild, weedy, locally adapted Chenopodium species as a breeding partner with quinoa in an effort to "re-domesticate" quinoa into a form suitable for crop production under Northern New England’s growing conditions.

“If we can successfully breed or re-domesticate a locally adapted quinoa variety that can be grown with commercial success, it would offer a new option to regional farmers interested in taking advantage of the current, very high price commanded by quinoa as a novel and highly nutritious grain crop,” said Davis.

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