Core faculty members have breeding programs in economically important crops: barley, hazelnut, hops, oilseeds,ornamentals, small fruit, vegetables, and wheat. Additional core faculty members are involved in genetics of economically important crop plants and crop quality. Courtesy and adjunct faculty members have breeding programs in berries, forest trees and/or are active in an array of related disciplines including genetic resources, genomics, physiology, resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses, and end-use quality.

The PB&G faculty are integrated with, and supported by, faculty across campus, including the Center for Genomics Research and Biocomputing (CGRB) and the Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) Program. Breeding programs endeavor to cover the spectrum from organic to genomic selection to transgenic.