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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

David Brenner

CURATOR II

Curriculum Vitae

 

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Name:

David M. Brenner

 David Brenner

Title:

Curator II – Amaranth,
Millets, Miscellaneous Umbels

Organization:

USDA-ARS-MWA-PIRU;
Iowa State University





Role/Crops/Team:


David is the Plant Germplasm Curator for numerous crops and wild relatives including Amaranthus, Celosia, Chenopodium, Coronilla, Dalea, Galega, Melilotus, Perilla, Spinacia, miscellaneous Umbelliferae, and the millets: Echinochloa, Panicum, and Setaria.





Special Interests:


David Brenner conducts enhancement breeding research with potential benefits in both production agriculture and ornamental horticulture. In Amaranthus he is working to improve dwarf grain types, reduce seed shattering, improve resistance to Phomopsis, and characterize male sterility in the germplasm collection. In Panicum he is making wide crosses within the primary gene pool to broaden the genetic base of new proso millet cultivars.

David works in crop groups that have taxonomic controversy and difficulty. He maintains communication with taxonomists and personally makes large numbers of taxonomic determinations.

David also develops methods for improved germplasm regeneration. He is interested in methods for plants that grow in the winter, and are therefore not adapted in Iowa. He recently published a paper on Melilotus regeneration methods.





Education:


M.A.

Geography, University of Oregon, Eugene 1986.


B.A.

Botany, Antioch College - Yellow Springs, Ohio 1980.





Employment History:


1989-Current:

Curator, North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station, Ames, Iowa.


1988:

Plant Collector, Oregon State University. Traveled in remote areas of Northern Pakistan to locate and collect fruit and nut tree species for conservation of germplasm.


1987:

Germplasm Mapping Consultant, International Board for Plant Genetic Resources, Rome, Italy. Developed world collection site maps for sweet potatoes (Ipomoea).

 



Publications

RECENT POSTERS:

Winter Sweetclover to Improve Sustainable Switchgrass Biomass Production.

Brenner, D.M. and K.J. Moore 2008. Winter Sweetclover to Improve Sustainable Switchgrass Biomass Production. In: 2007 Agronomy Abstracts. ASA, Madison, WI. Poster presentation at the American Society of Agronomy meeting October 2008 Houston, TX.


Amaranthus Enhancement Breeding at the North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station.

Brenner, D.M. 2007. Amaranthus Enhancement Breeding at the North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station. In: 2007 Agronomy Abstracts. ASA, Madison, WI. Poster presentation at the American Society of Agronomy meeting November 2007 New Orleans, LA.


Cross-Compatibility of Cultivated Amaranthus Grain Lines with Wild Amaranthus Species.

Brenner, D.M. and Micheal Owen 2006. Cross-Compatibility of Cultivated Amaranthus Grain Lines with Wild Amaranthus Species. In: 2006 Agronomy Abstracts. ASA, Madison, WI. Poster presentation at the American Society of Agronomy meeting November 2006 Indianapolis, IN.


Genetic Resources of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Crops. In: 2005 Agronomy Abstracts.

Brenner, D.M., T. Ayala-Silva, B. Hellier, K. E. Hummer, M. Jenderek, L. F. Marek, J. B. Morris, R. Nelson, K. R. Reitsma, L. D. Robertson, S. M. Stieve, E. W. Stover, and M. P. Widrlechner. 2005. Genetic Resources of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Crops. In: 2005 Agronomy Abstracts. ASA, Madison, WI. Poster presentation at the American Society of Agronomy meeting. November 6-10, 2005, Salt Lake City, UT.


PUBLICATIONS:

Delimitation of Amaranthus cruentus L. and Amaranthus caudatus L. using micromorphology and AFLP analysis: an application in germplasm identification.

Costea, M., D. M. Brenner, F. J. Tardif, Y. F. Tan, and M. Sun. 2006. Delimitation of Amaranthus cruentus L. and Amaranthus caudatus L. using micromorphology and AFLP analysis: an application in germplasm identification. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 53:1625-1633.


Liquid nitrogen controls seed-borne chalcids without reducing germination in coriander seeds.

Kovach, D.A., Mcclurg, S.G., Widrlechner, M.P., Brenner, D.M., Gardner, C.A. 2006. Liquid nitrogen controls seed-borne chalcids without reducing germination in coriander seeds. Journal of Seed Science and Technology 34:669-679.


Amaranthus.

Brenner, D.M. 2005. Amaranthus. In: Guinness World Records 2006, p. 99. 2006 edition. Guinness World Records, Ltd. England (World Record tallest amaranth grown in Iowa in 2004 by the author, 4.61 m).


Methods for Melilotus germplasm regeneration.

Brenner, D.M. 2005. Methods for Melilotus germplasm regeneration. Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter 141:51-55.


The identity of a cultivated Amaranthus from Asia and a new nomenclatural combination.

Costea, M., F.J. Tardif, and D.M. Brenner. 2003. The identity of a cultivated Amaranthus from Asia and a new nomenclatural combination. Economic Botany 57:646–649.


Non-shattering grain amaranth populations.

Brenner, D.M. 2002. Non-shattering grain amaranth populations. In: Trends in new crops and new uses, pp104-106. J. Janick and A. Whipkey (eds.) ASHS Press. Alexandria, Virginia.


Genetic resources and breeding of Amaranthus.

Brenner, D.M., D.D. Baltensperger, P.A. Kulakow, J.W. Lehmann, R.L. Myers, M.M. Slabbert, B.B. Sleugh. 2000. Genetic resources and breeding of Amaranthus. Plant Breeding Reviews 19:227-285.


Amaranth production manual for the central United States.

Sooby, J., R. Myers, D. Baltensperger, D. Brenner, R. Wilson, and C. Block. 1999. Amaranth production manual for the central United States. Misc. Pub. EC 98 151 S. Univ. Nebraska Cooperative Extension, Sidney.


Sea beach amaranth germplasm.

Brenner, David M. 1999. Sea beach amaranth germplasm. Chinquapin 7:14.


Amaranthus seed regeneration in plastic tents in greenhouses.

Brenner, D.M. and M.P. Widrlechner. 1998. Amaranthus seed regeneration in plastic tents in greenhouses. FAO/IPGRI Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter 116:1-4.


'Kerala Red' Ornamental Amaranth.

Brenner, D. and D.J. Makus. 1997. 'Kerala Red' Ornamental Amaranth. HortScience 32:749-750.


An amaranth tour of China.

Brenner, D. 1996. An amaranth tour of China. Legacy 9:11-12.


Perrilla.

Brenner, D. 1995. Perilla fact sheet available on-line at the New Crops website: http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/cropfactsheets/perilla.html


Grain amaranth (Amaranthus species).

Williams J.T. and D. Brenner. 1995. Grain amaranth (Amaranthus species). In: Cereals and Pseudocereals, pp129-186. J.T. Williams (ed.). Chapman and Hall. London.


Planting black seeds.

Brenner, D. 1993. Planting black seeds. Legacy 6:11.


Hybrid seeds for increased amaranth grain yield.

Brenner, D. 1993. Hybrid seeds for increased amaranth grain yield. Legacy 6(1):9-11.


Perilla uses and genetic resources.

Brenner, D. 1993. Perilla uses and genetic resources. In: New Crops, pp322-328. J. Janick and J.E. Simon (eds.). John Wiley and Sons. New York.


Fiber and pulp properties of an amaranth.

Brenner, D. and M. Kuo. 1992. Fiber and pulp properties of an amaranth. Amaranth Newsletter (3-4):13-17.


The Plainsman story.

Brenner, D. 1992. The Plainsman story. Legacy 5:12-13.


The grain amaranth gene pools.

Brenner, D. 1990. The grain amaranth gene pools. Proceedings of the Fourth National Amaranth Symposium: Perspectives on Production, Processing and Marketing, pp 193-194. Minneapolis, Minnesota. August 23-25.


Seed shattering control with indehiscent utricles in grain amaranths.

Brenner, D. and H. Hauptli. 1990. Seed shattering control with indehiscent utricles in grain amaranths. Legacy 3:2-3.


Northern Pakistan explored for temperate fruit and nut germplasm.

Thompson, M.M. and D. Brenner. 1990. Northern Pakistan explored for temperate fruit and nut germplasm. Diversity 6(2):12-13.


Some minor fruits of temperate Pakistan.

Brenner, D. 1989. Some minor fruits of temperate Pakistan. Annual Report of the Northern Nut Growers Association 80:67-70.


Maps of World Sweet Potato (Ipomoea) Germplasm Collections.

Brenner, D. 1987. Maps of World Sweet Potato (Ipomoea) Germplasm Collections. International Board for Plant Genetic Resources, Rome, Italy.


Variation in wild hazelnuts (Corylus cornuta Marsh.) of the Northwest United States.

Brenner, D. 1986. Variation in wild hazelnuts (Corylus cornuta Marsh.) of the Northwest United States. M.S. Thesis, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon. 105 pages.



 

Plant Material Releases

RELEASED BY IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY:
  • DB 98246 Tall forage or biomass type Amaranthus cruentus
  • DB 9350 Non-shattering Amaranthus cruentus
  • DB 92226 Non-shattering Amaranthus hypochondriacus

 


Last Modified: 9/28/2010