Work Address: Department of Plant Sciences / MS1, 1 Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616-8780
Personal Website: http://www.plantsciences.ucdavis.edu/gepts/geptslab.htm
Research Activities: My research focuses primarily on the biodiversity of Phaseolus beans and secondarily on Mesoamerican plant domesticates. I am interested in investigating the evolutionary factors, including domestication, affecting the levels and distribution of genetic diversity. My program is active across the spectrum from field collection to genomics. I also apply our findings to an active breeding program in common bean, lima bean, and chickpeas (the latter, a Near Eastern domesticate!).
Fields of Expertise:
- 2012 Gepts P, Famula TR, Bettinger RL, Brush SB, Damania AB, McGuire PE, Qualset CO (eds) (2012) Biodiversity in agriculture: domestication, evolution, and sustainability. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K. 2011 Alo F, Furman BJ, Akhunov E, Dvorak J, Gepts P. Leveraging genomic resources of model species for the assessment of phylogeny in wild and domesticated lentil. J Hered 102: 315-329. DOI: 10.1093/jhered/esr015 2010 Kraft KH, Gepts P, Luna Ruíz J. Seed selection among commercial chile farmers in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Econ Bot 64: 318-328. DOI: 10.1007/s12231-010-9136-x. 2009 Dyer GA, Serratos-Hernández JA, Perales HR, Gepts P, Piñeyro-Nelson A, Chávez A, Salinas-Arreortua N, Yúnez-Naude A, Taylor JE, and Alvarez-Buylla ER. Dispersal of transgenes through maize seed systems in Mexico. PloS One 4(5): e5734. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005734 . 2009 Kwak M, Kami J, Gepts P. The putative Mesoamerican domestication center of Phaseolus vulgaris is located in the Lerma-Santiago Basin of Mexico. Crop Sci 49: 554-563. DOI: 10.2135/cropsci2008.07.0421 . 2008 Pasquet R, Peltier A, Hufford M, Oudin E, Saulnier J, Paul L, Knudsen J, Herren H, Gepts P. Long-distance pollen flow assessment through evaluation of pollinator foraging range suggests transgene escape distances. Proc Nat Acad Sci USA 105:13456-13461 doi: 10.1073/pnas.0806040105 2008 Kwak M, Velasco D, Gepts P. Mapping homologous sequences for determinacy and photoperiod sensitivity in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). J Hered 99: 283-291 doi:10.1093/jhered/esn005 2008 Gepts P. Tropical Environments, Biodiversity, and the Origin of Crops. In: Moore P, Ming R (eds), Genomics of Tropical Crop Plants, Springer: pp. 1-20 2008 Gepts P, Aragão F, de Barros E, Blair MW, Brondani R, Broughton W, Galasso I, Hernández G, Kami J, Lariguet P, McClean P, Melotto M, Miklas P, Pauls P., Pedrosa-Harand A, Porch T, Sánchez F, Sparvoli F, Yu K. Genomics of Phaseolus beans, a major source of dietary protein and micronutrients in the tropics. In: Moore P, Ming R (eds), Genomics of Tropical Crop Plants, Springer: pp. 113-143 2007 Acosta-Gallegos JA, Kelly JD, Gepts P. Pre-breeding and genetic diversity in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). Proc. International Plant Breeding Symposium, Ciudad de México. Crop Sci 47, No. Supplement_3:S44-S59. 2007 Papa R, Bellucci E, Rossi M, Leonardi S, Rau D, Gepts P, Nanni L. Attene G. Tagging the signatures of domestication in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) by means of pooled DNA samples. Ann. Bot Published online August 1, 2007: doi:10.1093/aob/mcm151