As a longstanding member and Department Head of the Department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech, I have been teaching and advising students as well as conducting genetic research in the plant sciences for many years. My research focuses on the genetic improvement of horticultural crops, with emphasis on genomics of potato. Now that the draft genome of potato has been sequenced using a homozygous doubled monoploid, we are comparing it to the genomes of other homozygous potato clones as we approach the sequence of the more complex heterozygous cultivated types.

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Richard Veilleux receives the 2013 CALS Award for Research Excellence in Basic Research

Findings from the Potato Genome Sequencing Consortium (PGSC) have been published in Nature. VT News article Nature News article

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Richard Veilleux named Julian H. Gary and Margaret S. Gary Professor in Horticulture VT News

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Draft potato genome based on unique potato variety Science Daily

Draft potato genome based on unique potato variety e! Science News

Virginia Tech researcher assists in release of potato genome sequence VT News

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