Plant Breeding/Genetics (Wheat)
C136 Plant Sciences
Dr. Scott Haley leads the CSU Wheat Breeding and Genetics Program. Scott completed his BS degree in Botany at Washington State University in 1983 and then served for 2 ½ years in the Peace Corps in West Africa. Scott joined the CSU Wheat Breeding Program in 1986 as a graduate student and completed his PhD in 1992 working on drought stress tolerance. Since 1999, Scott has led a very dedicated and capable team of researchers focused on development of winter wheat varieties adapted for Colorado and surrounding states. Scott also teaches two graduate level plant breeding courses at CSU and serves as faculty adviser for the CSU Agronomy Club.
Since joining Colorado State University in 1999, Dr. Haley has led a wheat breeding program focusing on hard red and hard white winter wheat cultivar and germplasm development for eastern Colorado and the High Plains region. Among Dr. Haley’s professional accomplishments are the development and release of 31 improved wheat cultivars and 2 wheat germplasm lines. Chief biotic stress breeding targets in the breeding program include fungal (mostly stripe, leaf, and stem rust) and viral (mostly wheat streak mosaic virus) pathogens and various insect and mite pests (wheat curl mite, Russian wheat aphid, wheat stem sawfly).
In addition to research, Dr. Haley has also been active in teaching, student advising, and outreach for the wheat industry in Colorado. Current teaching assignments include two courses in advanced plant breeding (Plant Breeding Methods and Plant Breeding Tools).