K-State Research and Extension News
October 22, 2013
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K-State’s Wheat Genetics Resource Center Highlighted on Game Show ‘Jeopardy’

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State University’s Wheat Genetics Resource Center was part of one of the puzzles on the television game show Jeopardy Oct. 14.

The Jeopardy category: State the state.

The answer: Located in Manhattan (no, not that one), it has the Wheat Genetics Resource Center and a nuclear reactor. Name the state.

The correct question: What is Kansas State?

Aman Gill, Ph.D. student and assistant professor at Pratt College in Brooklyn, N.Y., was tipped off to the segment by a friend. Gill sent a text message to his dad, who happens to be WGRC director Bikram Gill.

The highlight is available on YouTube: "KSU's Wheat Genetics Resource Center on Jeopardy!".

The WGRC at K-State is home to a gene bank holding more than 12,000 strains of wild and ancient wheat and genetic stocks. It collects and uses wheat germ plasm for crop improvement by broadening the crop genetic base and supports the free exchange of materials, technology, and new knowledge in genetics and biotechnology among the world's public and private organizations. The center sponsors graduate and postgraduate students and visiting scientists for academic training and advanced research in its laboratories.


K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Mary Lou Peter
K-State Research & Extension News

Bikram Gill – bsgill@ksu.edu