Patrick Byrne

Colorado State University Soil and Crop Sciences professor Patrick Byrne poses in a greenhouse with a wheat experiment, May 9, 2014.

Plant Breeding/Genetics (Molecular-Quantitative Genetics)


C131 Plant Sciences

970-491-6985 office

970-491-7743 lab

970-491-5676 fax




Research Interests:

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 are currently underway to estimate the level of gene flow between wheat and jointed goatgrass under Colorado conditions.


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, federal agency staff, and the general public.

Three Fact Sheets on this topic are available through CSU Extension:  GM Crops: Techniques and Applications ( Bio-Pharming ( and Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods (


Courses I Teach:

SOCR 430 Applications of Plant Biotechnology

SOCR 475 Global Challenges in Plant and Soil Science

SOCR 570 Plant Breeding for Drought Tolerance (online course and summer field course)

SOCR 725 Quantitative Inheritance in Plant Breeding


Curriculum Vitae