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Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics & Genomics: People

Ali M. Missaoui

Assistant Professor

PlaceholderCenter for Applied Genetic Technologies
111 Riverbend Road
Athens, GA 30602

Phone: 706-542-8847
Fax: 706-583-8120

Research area: Forage and Biomass Breeding and Genetics


Ali received his bachelor's degree in Rangeland resources from Oregon State University and master's degree in Crop Science from Texas Tech University. He obtained his doctoral degree in plant breeding and genomics from the University of Georgia in 2003 and received his postdoctoral training in soybean molecular breeding at the University of Georgia. Ali worked as a Discovery Breeder in Monsanto for 7 years focusing on developing molecular and conventional approaches to improve capturing genetic diversity and maximize the efficiency of germplasm enhancement and breeding.  

He was appointed at the University of Georgia as an assistant professor in January 2013 to lead the forage and biomass breeding and genetics program and contribute to the fulfillment of the teaching needs of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and the Institute of Plant Breeding Genetics and Genomics.

His research interests are focused primarily on breeding and applied genetic research of cool season forage grasses and legumes. He works toward integrating conventional breeding methods with molecular technologies into the cultivar development process to develop improved cultivars that provide stable supplies of forages and contribute to the sustainability of production systems in Georgia and the South-East. Another area of research interest, in addition to the traditional forages-as-feed is the evaluation of perennial grasses as feedstocks and the development of germplasm with improved suitability for use as biofuel.


Degree Field Institution Date Obtained
M.S. Crop Science Texas Tech University 1998
Ph.D. Plant Breeding and Genetics University of Georgia 2003