Department of Crop Sciences


All phases of research, from molecular biology and biophysics to field testing and crop production, are supported by state-of-the-art facilities. Studies often are enhanced by collaboration with affiliates in departments such as Cell and Structural Biology, Microbiology, Plant Biology, Animal Sciences, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, and Biochemistry. A central Biotechnology Center also provides key support. The University is an affiliate member of the Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis and opportunities for collaboration with scientists in that center may be available.

The University of Illinois has one of the few supercomputer centers in the United States. Computing facilities are excellent and the Department of Crop Science has a well-equipped special statistical laboratory containing PCs and access to equipment from workstations to mainframe supercomputers.

Field studies are located on the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center, which is adjacent to the Urbana campus, and at five outlying research centers in different soil and climatic zones throughout the state. On-farm research with Illinois producers is actively encouraged and pursued.

The department houses the USDA Soybean Germplasm Collection (the world's largest collection of wild relatives of soybeans) and the Maize Genetics Cooperation-Stock Center (which contains the world's largest collection of maize mutants and chromosomal aberrations).