Position: Research Horticulturist
Work Address: USDA, ARS, Appalachian Fruit Research Station, 2217 Wiltshire Road, Kearneysville, WV 25430
Phone: 1-304-725-3451 Ext. 353
Research Activities: The goal of my work is the development of new pear scions with improved fruit quality, productivity, disease and insect resistance, and new rootstock cultivars which induce early and sustained yields and control tree vigor. I use Pyrus germplasm from Europe and China in my breeding and research programs. Research focuses on the genetic control of important traits, and modes and mechanisms of host resistance to fire blight and pear psylla. I am a former chair and current member of the Pyrus Crop Germplasm Committee, a committee which advises the US National Plant Germplasm System and the National Clonal Germplasm Repository collection of Pyrus, Cydonia and related rootstock genera.
Country: U.S.A. Fields of Expertise: Biotechnology
, Genetics and evolution
, Plant Genetic Resources