Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
My favorite plant is barley. Not only do I work on this plant, but it is also the fourth most important grain crop and a food staple for much of the world. Barley grows in nearly every environment on Earth and was one of the first plants to be domesticated for human use. It is used extensively in the malting and brewing industries, is used in food products such as bread and soup, and is used to feed animals. It also has a really big genome, almost one and a half times the size of our own genome!