The N. C. State Plant Breeding Consortium at North Carolina State University - with more than 35 core faculty actively developing new cultivars, germplasms and parental lines - has more plant breeders than any other U.S. university. The Center is interdepartmental and focuses on a full range of research programs, courses and crops. Plant breeders at N.C. State are based in different colleges (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Natural Resources) and departments (Crop Science, Forestry and Horticultural Science), while other departments, such as Entomology and Plant Pathology, have faculty who are extensively involved in breeding programs for field crops, horticultural crops and trees. In addition, faculty members who provide strong support are located in the departments of Statistics, Molecular and Structural Biochemistry, Plant Biology and Genetics. Totally, more than 65 faculty members provide skills in DNA-based marker technology, plant transformation, genomics, proteomics and metabolomics in addition to basic field breeding.