Southwest Consortium on Plant Genetics and Water Resources

The Southwest Consortium on Plant Genetics and Water Resources is a "mini-grant" program initiated in 1985 which was funded by a USDA grant. Although funding from the USDA has been terminated in the FY 2011 granting cycle, there are still active research projects which are completing their work on no-cost extensions of their FY 2010 awards.

The SWC was comprised of researchers from 5 southwest institutions:

  • New Mexico State University
  • the University of Arizona
  • Texas Tech University
  • the University of California at Riverside
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory

Program Goals

The overall GOALS of the Southwest Consortium mini-grant program are to bring together multi-disciplinary scientific teams from the participating institutions to develop innovative advances in the areas of crop improvement in arid and semi-arid regions, with an emphasis on biotechnology, physiology, and biochemical research approaches. To accomplish the Consortium's goals, research must address at least one of the Research Objectives.

A Proven and Successful Program

The Southwest Consortium on Plant Genetics and Water Resources is a proven, successful program that is uniquely positioned with interdisciplinary research expertise for improving crops in the desert southwest. It is:

  • recognized as an important regional research program that supports creative/novel research directions

  • organized to wisely and efficiently facilitate the distribution of competitive research funds and disseminate information

  • a program that has resulted in the development of important crop varieties and techniques targeted toward efficient use of water and toward addressing abiotic stresses in southwest agriculture

  • a program that promotes interaction amongst regional scientists through regular meetings, and to the broader scientific audience through continued research and scientific publications.

Contact us

Patti Havstad, Program Coordinator
P. O. Box 30003 MSC 3BE
Skeen Hall - Room 312
Las Cruces, NM, N.M. 88003-8003
Phone: 575-646-7215
Fax: 575-646-1302