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United States Department of Agriculture

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Brian Malcolm Irish
Tropical Crops and Germplasm Research
Horticulturist

Phone: (787) 831-3435 ext. 258
Fax: (787) 831-3386
2200 PEDRO A. CAMPOS AVE., SUITE 201
MAYAGUEZ, PR, 00680

Projects
Management of Tropical/Subtropical Plant Genetic Resources and Associated Information
Appropriated (D)
  Accession Number: 424562
Bamboo and other unique plant germplasm assessed for total protein, nutrient content and amino acid composition
Trust (T)
  Accession Number: 425362
Characterization of local cacao populations
Trust (T)
  Accession Number: 423953
International Musa Testing Program: Evaluation of Improved Musa Materials for Agronomic Performance and Host Reaction to Pests and Diseases
Trust (T)
  Accession Number: 424118

Publications (Clicking on the reprint icon Reprint Icon will take you to the publication reprint.)
Musa spp. germplasm management: microsatellite fingerprinting of USDA-ARS National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) collection - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Irish, B.M., Cuevas, H.E., Simpson, S.A., Scheffler, B.E., Sardos, J., Ploetz, R., Goenaga, R.J. 2014. Musa spp. germplasm management: microsatellite fingerprinting of USDA-ARS National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) collection. Crop Science. 54:2140-2151.
Evaluation and characterization of a genetically diverse Musa germplasm core subset. - (Abstract Only) - (25-Apr-14)
Characterization of naturalized cacao populations in Puerto Rico - (Abstract Only) - (25-Apr-14)
Evaluation and characterization in bananas (Musa ssp.) at the USDA-ARS Tropical Agriculture Research Station - (Abstract Only) - (15-Jan-14)
Evaluation of banana hybrids for tolerance to black leaf streak (Mycosphaerella fijiensis Morelet) in Puerto Rico - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Irish, B.M., Goenaga, R.J., Rios, C., Chavarria-Carvajal, J., Ploetz, R. 2013. Evaluation of banana hybrids for tolerance to black leaf streak (Mycosphaerella fijiensis Morelet) in Puerto Rico. Crop Protection Journal. 54:229-238.
Factors influencing the survival of developing embryos of theobroma cacao L. (Malvaceae) in cryogenic storage - (Abstract Only)
Crane, J., Irish, B.M., Walters, C.T. 2013. Factors influencing the survival of developing embryos of theobroma cacao L. (Malvaceae) in cryogenic storage. International Society for Horticultural Science Meeting. p. 72.
Amending storage vessel and media improves transfer interval of Musa spp. tissue culture plantlets - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Irish, B.M., Goenaga, R.J., Reed, B.M. 2014. Amending storage vessel and media improves transfer interval of Musa spp. tissue culture plantlets. Journal of Agriculture of the University of Puerto Rico. 97(1-2):1-3.
Development of microsatellite loci in Artocarpus altilis (Moraceae) and cross-amplification in congeneric species - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Witherup, C., Ragone, D., Wiesner-Hanks, T., Irish, B.M., Scheffler, B.E., Simpson, S.A., Zee, F.T., Zuberi, M., Zerega, N. 2013. Development of microsatellite loci in Artocarpus altilis (Moraceae) and cross-amplification in congeneric species. Applications in Plant Sciences. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.3732/apps.1200423.
Attraction of pollinators to atemoya (Magnoliales: Annonaceae) in Puerto Rico: A synergetic approach using multiple nitidulid lures - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Jenkins, D.A., Cline, A., Irish, B.M., Goenaga, R.J. 2013. Attraction of pollinators to atemoya (Magnoliales: Annonaceae) in Puerto Rico: A synergetic approach using multiple nitidulid lures. Journal of Economic Entomology. 106:305-310.
Attracting pollinators in atemoya: commercial lures act synergistically when combined - (Abstract Only) - (08-Jun-12)
Five-year agronomic and phenotypic data summary for a replicated cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) germplasm collection - (Abstract Only) - (14-May-12)
Genetic diversity, population structure, conservation and utilization of Theobroma cacao L., genetic resources in the Dominican Republic Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Boza, E.J., Irish, B.M., Meerow, A.W., Rodriguez, O.A., Ventura-Lopez, M., Gomez, J.A., Moore, J.M., Zhang, D., Motamayor, J.C., Schnell Ii, R.J. 2012. Genetic diversity, population structure, conservation and utilization of Theobroma cacao L., genetic resources in the Dominican Republic. Tree Genetics and Genomes. Available:http://www.bionity.com/en/publications/424313/genetic-diversity-conservation-and-utilization-of-theobroma-cacao-l-genetic-resources-in-the-dominican-republic.html.
Genetic diversity assessment of Musa spp. germplasm using SSR markers - (Abstract Only)
Irish, B.M., Scheffler, B.E., Goenaga, R.J. 2012. Genetic diversity assessment of Musa spp. germplasm using SSR markers. HortScience 47(9):S342.
Effect of coconut palm proximities and Musa spp. germplasm resistance to colonization by Raoiella indica (Acari: Tenuipalpidae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Verle Rodriguez, J.C., Irish, B.M. 2011. Effect of coconut palm proximities and Musa spp. germplasm resistance to colonization by Raoiella indica (Acari: Tenuipalpidae). Experimental and Applied Acarology. DOI:10.1007/S10493-011-9484-Y.
Evaluation of Musa spp. hybrids for resistance to black Sigatoka, caused by Mycosphaerella fijiensis Morelet - (Abstract Only)
Irish, B.M., Chavarria-Carvajal, J., Ploetz, R., Goenaga, R.J. 2011. Evaluation of Musa spp. hybrids for resistance to black Sigatoka, caused by Mycosphaerella fijiensis Morelet. Phytopathology. 101(6):S277 (Supplement).
Molecular fingerprinting of cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) genetic resources in the Dominican Republic - (Abstract Only)
2011. Molecular fingerprinting of cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) genetic resources in the Dominican Republic. Meeting Abstract. XIX Annual International Plant & Animal Genome Conference, January 11-15, 2011, San Diego, CA..
Comparison of single nucleotide polymorphisms and simple sequence repeats in genotype identification and diversity assessment of cacao germplasm - (Abstract Only)
Zhang, D., Livingstone, D., Irish, B.M., Kuhn, D.N., Schnell II, R.J., Meinhardt, L.W. 2011. Comparison of single nucleotide polymorphisms and simple sequence repeats in genotype identification and diversity assessment of cacao germplasm. Annual International Plant & Animal Genome Conference. 2011.
Field Notes: Tunera diffusa 'Luisa' - (Trade Journal)
Meerow, A.W., Ayala Silva, T., Irish, B.M. 2011. Field Notes: Tunera diffusa 'Luisa'. American Nurseryman. P.38.
'Luisa' Turnera Holds Great Potential - (Trade Journal)
Meerow, A.W., Ayala Silva, T., Irish, B.M. 2011. 'Luisa' Turnera Holds Great Potential. Greenhouse Grower Magazine. http://www.greenhousegrower.com/magazine/?storyid=4203.
Batch Isolation of Microsatellites for Tropical Plant Species Pyrosequencing - (Abstract Only)
Arias De Ares, R.S., Irish, B.M., Ballard, L.L., Duke, M.V., Liu, X.F., Simpson, S.A., Scheffler, B.E. 2010. Batch Isolation of Microsatellites for Tropical Plant Species Pyrosequencing. Plant and Animal Genome. Abstract P089.
Turnera diffusa 'Luisa', a drought tolerant small shrub for warm climates - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Meerow, A.W., Ayala Silva, T., Irish, B.M. 2010. Turnera diffusa 'Luisa', a drought tolerant small shrub for warm climates. HortScience. 45(12):1895-1896.
Raoiella Indica: Facing it - (Abstract Only)
Rodrigues, J., Colon, L.M., Pena, J.E., Irish, B.M., Roda, A., Ramirez, A. 2010. Raoiella Indica: Facing it. XIII International Congress of Acaraology - Abstract Book. P. 228.
Characterization of Mamey Sapote (Pouteria sapota [Jacq.] H.E. Moore & Stearn.) germplasm at the USDA-ARS Tropical Agriculture Research Station - (Abstract Only)
Irish, B.M., Goenaga, R.J., Crespo, A., Wessel-Beaver, L. 2010. Characterization of Mamey Sapote (Pouteria sapota [Jacq.] H.E. Moore & Stearn.) germplasm at the USDA-ARS Tropical Agriculture Research Station. HortScience. 45(8):S022.
The Tropical Fruit Research Program of the USDA-ARS Tropical Agriculture Research Station - (Abstract Only)
Goenaga, R.J., Jenkins, D.A., Irish, B.M. 2010. The Tropical Fruit Research Program of the USDA-ARS Tropical Agriculture Research Station. HortScience. 45(8)S263.
Cacao (Theobroma Cacao L.) Genetic Resources Research at the USDA-ARS Tropical Agriculture Research Station - (Proceedings)
Irish, B.M., Goenaga, R.J., Schnell Ii, R.J., Motamayor, J., Brown, J.S., Zhang, D. 2010. CACAO (THEOBROMA CACAO L.) GENETIC RESOURCES RESEARCH AT THE USDA-ARS TROPICAL AGRICULTURE RESEARCH STATION. Proceedings of the International Cocoa Producer's Conference. PP. 417-423.
Microsatellite Fingerprinting of the USDA-ARS Tropical Agriculture Research Station Cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) Germplasm Collection. - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Irish, B.M., Goenaga Portela, R.J., Zhang, D., Schnell Ii, R.J., Brown, J.S., Motamayor, J. 2010. Microsatellite Fingerprinting of the USDA-ARS Tropical Agriculture Research Station Cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) Germplasm Collection. Crop Science. 50:656-667.
Amending Storage Vessel and Media Improves Subculture Interval of Musa sp. Tissue Culture Plantlets - (Abstract Only)
Irish, B.M., Goenaga, R.J., Reed, B.M. Amending Storage Vessel and Media Improves Subculture Interval of Musa sp. Tissue Culture Plantlets. HortScience, Vol. 44(4):1103.
Tars Series of Cacao Germplasm Selections - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Goenaga, R., Irizarry, H., Irish, B. 2009. TARS Series of Cacao Germplasm Selections. HortScience 44(3):826-827.
Ploidy level and genomic composition of the USDA-ARS Tropical Agriculture Research Station Musa sp. Germplasm Collection - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Irish, B.M., Crespo, A., Goenaga, R.J., Ayala Silva, T., Niedz, R.P. 2009. Ploidy level and genomic composition of the USDA-ARS Tropical Agriculture Research Station Musa sp. Germplasm Collection. Journal of Agriculture of the University of Puerto Rico, 93(1-2):1-22.
The National Plant Germplasm System: the subtropical and tropical fruit genebanks - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ayala Silva, T., Schnell II, R.J., Goenaga, R.J., Zee, F.T., Irish, B.M. 2013. The National Plant Germplasm System: the subtropical and tropical fruit genebanks. Acta Horticulturae. 975:43-54.
Screening of plantain hybrids for resistance to Raoiella indica (Acari: Tenuipalpidae) and use of a systemic acaricide to control the mite - (Abstract Only)
Marengo, J.I., Colon, L., Irish, B.M., Rodrigues, J.V. 2008. Screening of plantain hybrids for resistance to Raoiella indica (Acari: Tenuipalpidae) and use of a systemic acaricide to control the mite. Entomological Society of America 56th Annual Meeting, Reno, NV, Nov 16-19. http://esa.confex.com/esa/2008/techprogram/paper_39202.htm.
The Tropical and Subtropical Germplasm Repositories of The National Germplasm System - (Abstract Only)
Ayala Silva, T., Schnell Ii, R.J., Meerow, A.W., Goenaga, R.J., Irish, B.M. 2008. The Tropical and Subtropical Germplasm Repositories of The National Germplasm System. Hortscience Proceedings.
Characterization of a resistance locus, Pfs-1, to Peronospora farinosa f. sp. spinaciae, and development of a marker linked to Pfs-1 - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Irish, B.M., Correll, J.C., Feng, C., De Los Reyes, B.G. 2008. Characterization of a resistance locus, Pfs-1, to Peronospora farinosa f. sp. spinaciae, and development of a marker linked to Pfs-1. Phytopathology. 98:894-900.
Development of a Micro-Fermentation Process for Cacao Germplasm Evaluation - (Proceedings)
Irish, B.M., Goenaga, R.J., Santiago, S., Seguine, E. 2008. Development of a Micro-fermentation process for cacao germplasm evaluation. Proceedings Undergraduate Research Program. Livestock and Environmental Group, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences. University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, PR. p.7-17
Microsatellite fingerprinting of the cacao (Theobroma cacao) germplasm collection at the USDA-ARS, Tropical Agriculture Reserarch Station. - (Abstract Only)
Irish, B.M., Goenaga, R.J., Schnell Ii, R.J., Motamayor, J.C., Brown, J.S., Zhang, D. 2007. Microsatellite fingerprinting of the cacao (Theobroma cacao) germplasm collection at the USDA-ARS, Tropical Agriculture Reserarch Station.. Caribbean Food Crops Society Proceedings 43:219.
The Tropical Fruit Research Program of the USDA-ARS Tropical Agriculture Research Station - (Abstract Only) - (26-Jul-07)
Characterization of a resistance locus, Pfs-1, to Peronospora farinosa f. sp. spinaciae, and development of a marker linked to Pfs-1. - (Book / Chapter) - (25-Jul-07)
Plant Exploration in tropical forests of Puerto Rico to collect ornamental germplasm. - (Proceedings)
Ayala Silva, T., Meerow, A.W., Goenaga, R.J., Irish, B.M. 2007. Plant Exploration in tropical forests of Puerto Rico to collect ornamental germplasm.. Proc. Florida State Hort. Soc. 120:4-7.
Spinach downy mildew: overview of races and the development of molecular markers linked to major resistance genes. - (Book / Chapter)
Correll, J. C., Feng, C., Irish, B. M., Koike, S. T., Morelock, T. E., Bentley, T. C., and Tomlinson, A. N. 2007. Spinach downy mildew: overview of races and the development of molecular markers linked to major resistance genes. In: Lebeda A. and Spencer, P., editors. Advances in Downy Mildew Research. Vol. 3 Proceedings of the 2nd International Downy Mildew Symposium. Palcky University in Olomouc and JOLA, v.o.s., Kostelec na Hane (Czech Republic). p.135-142.
Three New Races of the Spinach Downy Mildew Pathogen Identified by a Modified Set of Spinach Differentials - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Irish, B.M., Correll, J.C., Koike, S.T., Morelock, T.E. 2007. Three new races of the spinach downy mildew pathogen identified by a modified set of spinach differentials. Plant Disease. 91(11):1392-1396.
Fruit and Nut Genebanks in the US National Plant Germplasm System - (Popular Publication)
Postman, J.D., Hummer, K.E., Stover, E.W., Krueger, R., Forsline, P.L., Grauke, L.J., Zee, F.T., Ayala Silva, T., Irish, B.M. 2007. Fruit and Nut Genebanks in the US National Plant Germplasm System. Pomona.
Genomic Composition of the USDA-ARS Tropical Agriculture Research Station Musa Sp. Germplasm Collection. - (Abstract Only) - (18-Jan-07)
First Report of Phytophthora Palmivora, Causal Agent of Black Pod, on Cacao (Theobroma Cacao L.) in Puerto Rico - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Irish, B.M., Goenaga, R., Park, S., Kang, S. 2007. First Report of Phytophthora palmivora, causal agent of black pod, on cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) in Puerto Rico. Plant Disease. 91:1051.
Production Systems and Genetic Resource Management for Tropical/Subtropical Fruit Crops - (Abstract Only)
Goenaga, R.J., Jenkins, D.A., Irish, B.M. 2006. Production Systems and Genetic Resource Management for Tropical/Subtropical Fruit Crops [abstract]. Interamerican Society of Tropical Horticulture Proceedings.
Fruit and Nut Genebanks in the Us National Plant Germplasm System - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Postman, J.D., Hummer, K.E., Stover, E.W., Krueger, R., Forsline, P.L., Grauke, L.J., Zee, F.T., Ayala Silva, T., Irish, B.M. 2006. Fruit and nut genebanks in the us national plant germplasm system. HortScience. 41(5):1188-1194.
Phenotypic Characterization of the USDA-ARS Tropical Agriculture Research Station Banana Germplasm Collection - (Abstract Only)
Irish, B.M., Goenaga, R.J. 2006. Phenotypic characterization of the USDA-ARS Tropical Agriculture Research Station Banana Germplasm collection [abstract]. Caribbean Food Crops Society Proceedings. p. 388.
Mycosphaerella Fijiensis, Causal Agent of Black Sigatoka of Musa SPP., Found in Puerto Rico and Identified by Polymerase Chain Reaction - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Irish, B.M., Goenaga, R.J., and Ploetz, R.C. 2006. Mycosphaerella fijiensis, Causal Agent of Black Sigatoka of Musa spp. found in Puerto Rico and Identified by Polymerase Chain Reaction. Plant Disease 90:684.
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