HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology Wiregrass is excited to partner with the City of Dothan and the Wiregrass to spark innovation, enhance STEM education and inspire economic growth in the region.

HudsonAlpha Wiregrass Research will apply the power of genomics to improve plants used for food, feed, fuel and fiber. Naturally occurring DNA changes produce plants with higher yields, increased resistance to pests and disease, and the ability to grow under different environmental conditions like temperature or rainfall levels. HudsonAlpha’s researchers will partner with local farmers, schools, breeders, regional scientists and the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center to identify and incorporate these changes into agriculturally important crops, creating varieties that thrive in the Wiregrass.

HudsonAlpha Wiregrass Education will bring engaging hands-on resources and programs to students, educators and the broader public — showcasing the application of genetics and biotechnology in agriculture, human health, and other career fields. Genomics education will connect Wiregrass Schools, Career & Technical Education programs, Wallace Community College, and the larger ag-tech industry through classroom kits, educator workshops, field trips,research-driven experiments, summer programs, internships and workforce development initiatives. Town halls, seminars and science nights will introduce genomic concepts and technologies to Wiregrass communities.

HudsonAlpha Wiregrass Economic Development will utilize a collaborative approach to identify areas of promise within agriculture-related fields and implement strategies to build an ecosystem leading to new partnerships with existing companies, startup ventures, and an overall excitement of doing business in the region. By evaluating innovation possibilities, engaging local and regional stakeholders, leveraging the current business resources, and establishing and supporting new ventures, HudsonAlpha Wiregrass will expand agriscience innovation, bringing new jobs and economic opportunities to the region. WIREGRASS is excited to partner with the City of Dothan and the Wiregrass to spark innovation, enhance STEM education and inspire economic growth in the region.

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is the science of progress. We are using genomics to address some of the largest problems facing humanity and expanding to the Wiregrass area is advancing our mission of creating a healthier and more sustainable world.

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