My research program involves several areas of ornamental plant breeding and cultivar development. Of primary interest is the development of sterile forms of nonnative invasive species that are of economic importance to Oregon growers. Primary techniques to achieve sterility/reduced fertility include develoment of triploids using ploidy manipulation, as well as mutagenesis by exposing seeds or meristems to physical and chemical mutagens.
Another area of focus is to identify cultivars or selections that have increased insect and disease resistance. My program conducts basic research in traditional genetics, cytogenetics, and molecular cytogenetics to support the applied breeding program with the goal of developing plants that are attractive to consumers and easy for growers to produce.
Jason Lattier - Ph.D. Student
Kim Shearer-Lattier - M.Sc. Student
Joseph Rothleutner - M.Sc. - Genome Sizing and Fire Blight Resistance Screening in Cotoneaster. Current Position: Director of Horticulture at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago
I accept graduate students for Horticulture