The Breeding Insight initiative was launched in 2018 to level the playing field in the genomics era, creating new opportunities for specialty breeders in assimilating tools, technologies, and methods to catalyze the routine and accessible use of genomic insights. We integrate phenomics (trait analysis), genomics (genotypic data), data management, and software tools to help breeders increase the rate of genetic gain and create more healthy, nutritious, and sustainable specialty crops and animals.
Breeding Insight (BI) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) & Agricultural Research Service (ARS) initiative hosted at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
William Rutter, USDA plant pathologist, is shown examining his sweet potato seedlings. Dr. Rutter and other scientists in the USDA Vegetable Program in Charleston, S.C. are working with Breeding Insight to develop fast, affordable genotyping for sweet potato and sweet potato weevil.
Our Support Spans Regions
ARS Areas with Breeding Insight Support (Pilot Phase)
Meet our Team
Our multidisciplinary team of specialists is making high-tech breeding a reality for specialty crop and animal breeders.
Office of National Programs
BI On-Ramp Director
Communications & Training Lead
Quality Assurance Specialist
Technical Steering Board
Allen Van Deynze
Species aren’t the only thing we’re breeding at Breeding Insight. We’re not hiring right now, but soon we’ll be adding new species and we’ll need to expand our team!
Have a Complex Challenge?
No challenge too big; no species too small! Let us know what kind of breeding challenges you’re up against.
Ready to check out our open source tools?
Breeders, our easy-to-use, breeder-friendly software is here for you to test.
Developers, our source code is publicly available, licensed with Apache 2.0.