Susana Goggi


Office: 195C SEED
Phone: (515) 294-6372

My research focuses on the physiological aspects of seed development, maturation, longevity, dormancy, and germination. Current research includes strategies for minimizing the adverse effects of the production environments on seed quality of soybeans and corn, including the development of organic seed protectants as an alternative to chemical seed treatments, the study of soybean genome fluidity events affecting seed quality and vigor, and the evaluation of differential gene expression after frost damage in corn seed. My research also includes developing strategies for producing high quality seeds in corn cultivars with enhanced nutritional properties and other value-added traits, and strategies to minimize outcrosses caused by adventitious pollen flow into corn production fields. I mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers conducting research in my lab; and teach two courses, Agronomy/Horticulture 338, which is an elective course for juniors and seniors related to all aspects of seed biology, production, and commercialization; and an advanced-level graduate course in seed physiology, Agron 538: Seed Physiology, which explores the physiological and biochemical processes involved in the life of a seed.