Dr. Victor Raboy

Victor Raboy

Victor Raboy

Dr.

USDA Agricultural Research Service

Dr. Raboy is a Research Geneticist with the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service in Aberdeen, Idaho. Dr. Raboy’s lab was the first to isolate “low phytic acid” mutations in crop species, starting with maize in 1989 and 1990, and proceeding to barley, rice, soybean, wheat and other crops. Although the major agricultural crops are primarily used for feeds and foods, there has been a relative lack of interaction between the fields of animal and human nutrition and plant/crop science. Due to the substantial interest in the role of seed phytic acid in phosphorus use and management in livestock production, and in human nutrition and health, the Raboy laboratory has been one of the programs most active in bridging that gap. There have been a large number of public and private sector programs breeding low-phytate types using germplasm either developed by the Raboy laboratory, or developed independently using methods developed by the Raboy lab. There have also been a large number of research programs using this type of germplasm to conduct both animal and human nutrition studies addressing the role of low phytic acid.