USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Genetic Resources Preservation, USA
Dr Christina Walters is the Research Leader of the Plant Germplasm Preservation Research Unit at the USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Genetic Resources Preservation (NLGRP) in Fort Collins, CO, USA. This unit investigates strategies to ensure valuable plant germplasm stays viable in perpetuity. Technologies often involve cryopreservation of diverse plant tissues and support NLGRP’s mission to maintain genetic resource collections for crops and their wild relatives. Dr. Walters has worked at NCGRP since 1986. Her personal research involves seed and pollen biology with particular emphasis on seed development, storage behavior, quality and deterioration. Dr. Walters earned a B.S and Ph.D. at Cornell University. She combines physical chemistry and plant physiology approaches to address questions about life under extremely dry or cold conditions. She serves on the editorial board of several journals, contributes to international standards for genebanking plant genetic resources and serves on the Science Advisory Committee for the Center for Plant Conservation.