Plant Breeding/Genetics (Molecular-Quantitative Genetics)
C131 Plant Sciences
My research program focuses on the application of quantitative and molecular genetics to crop improvement. Through quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis and association mapping, we hope to locate and characterize the genes that control abiotic stress tolerance and end-use quality in wheat, yield and oil content in Brassica oilseed crops, and fungal disease resistance in common bean. Another research interest is biotechnology risk assessment; studies have been conducted to estimate the level of gene flow between wheat and jointed goatgrass and between adjacent corn fields under Colorado conditions. Recently I have collaborated with soil microbiologists to study the effects of rhizosphere microbial communities on plant performances.
Extension & Outreach:
Since 2000, I have conducted a public outreach program on the benefits and risks of genetically engineered crops. This has included making presentations throughout Colorado, nationally and internationally to farmers, K-12 teachers, scientists, and the general public.
Three Fact Sheets on this topic are available through CSU Extension: GM Crops: Techniques and Applications (http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/crops/00710.html) Bio-Pharming (http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/crops/00307.html) and Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods (http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/foodnut/09371.html).
Courses I Teach:
SOCR 430 Applications of Plant Biotechnology
SOCR 570 Plant Breeding for Drought Tolerance (online course)
SOCR 725 Quantitative Inheritance in Plant Breeding
SOCR 730 Topics in Plant Breeding and Genetics