The farmer-owned Kansas Wheat Innovation Center in Manhattan has already been a success with the establishment of a double haploid business. This week, K-State announced that the Center will soon become the headquarters for a new National Science Foundation Center.
KWIC will host the first Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on wheat. This is the first of these NSF centers in the nation to be designated for plant science.
As part of the I/UCRC Center, the world-renowned Wheat Genetics Resource Center will also operate its wheat gene bank in new laboratories at KWIC. The Kansas Wheat Commission recently purchased a cold storage seed room with grant funds from the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Agency. The new seed room provides four times the storage capacity of the current WGRC gene bank in Throckmorton Hall on KSU’s campus.