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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Maria M. Jenderek

Plant Physiologist


  • Ph.D. 1979 Plant Breeding and Genetics, Agricultural University of Krakow, PL
  • M.S. 1972 Horticulture, Agricultural University of Krakow, PL
  • B.S. 1971 Horticulture, Agricultural University of Krakow, PL

Professional Experience

  • 2006-present Plant Physiologist, Plant Genetic Resources Preservation Program, USDA-ARS-NCGRP, Fort Collins, CO
  • 1998-2006 Horticulturist-Curator, National Arid Land Plant Genetic Resource Unit, USDA-ARS-NALPGRU, Parlier, CA
  • 1999-2007 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, California State University, Fresno, CA
  • 1988-1998 Senior Researcher and Manager, Basic Vegetable Products, Hanford, CA
  • 1987-1988 Assistant, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • 1983-1984 Visiting Scientist, USDA-ARS, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • 1984-1985 Visiting Scientist, Basic American Foods, Vacaville, CA
  • 1973-1983 Research Associate and Vice-Head, Genetics and Plant Breeding
  • 1985-1987 Department, Research Institute of Vegetable Crops, Skierniewice, PL

Recent/Active Participation

  • American Society for Horticultural Science
  • Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops
  • Crop Science Society of America
  • International Society for Horticultural Science
  • Plant Germplasm Operations Committee
  • Root and Bulb Crop Germplasm Committee

Areas of Specialization and Interest

  • Cryopreservation of clonally propagated germplasm via meristem and embryo culture 
  • Allium sativum genetics and generative reproduction
  • Cryopreservation of dormant buds of woody plant species 
  • Virus free germplasm propagation and maintenance
  • Conservation of arid land plant species germplasm 
  • New industrial crop germplasm development and preservation

Peer Reviewed Manuscripts (1998-2008)

Jenderek MM, Dierig DA, Isbell TA. 2008. Fatty-acid profile of Lesquerella germplasm in the National Plant Germplasm System Collection. Industrial Crops and Products, (accepted 4/23/08)

Donnelly LM, Jenderek MM, Prince JP, Reeves PA, Brown A, Hannan RM. 2008.Genetic diversity in the USDA Limnanthes collection assessed by simple sequence repeats. Plant Genetic Resources: Characterization and Utilization (accepted 5/24/08)

Casler MD, Johnson RC, Baker RE, Jenderek MM, Papadopolous YA, Cherney JH. Feasibility of seed production from non-flowering orchardsgrass. Plant Breeding (submitted 4/2008; entered in ARIS log No. 223727)

Jenderek MM, Dierig DA. High oil yielding Lesquerella accessions in the United States National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) collection. Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter (submitted 4/21/08)

Jenderek MM, Hannan RM. 2008. Evaluation of seed producing ability of selected accessions in the USDA-ARS Limnanthes alba germplasm collection. Crop Sci. (submitted 9/30/08; under revision)

Felker P, Paterson A, Jenderek MM. 2006. Forage potential of Opuntia clones maintained by the USDA, National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) collection. Crop Sci. 46:2161-2168

Zewdie Y, Havey MJ, Prince JP, Jenderek MM. 2005. The first genetic linkages among expressed regions of the garlic genome. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 130(4):569-574

Jenderek MM, Zewdie Y. 2005. Within and between family variability for important bulb and plant traits among sexually derived progenies of garlic. HortSci. 40(5):1234-1236

Jenderek MM, Hannan RM. 2004. Variation of reproductive characteristics and seed production in the USDA garlic germplasm collection. HortSci. 39(3):485-488

Jenderek MM. 2004. Development of S1 families in garlic. Acta Horticulturae. Proceedings of the XXVI Congress of the International Society for Horticultural Science. 637:203-206

Kuhl JC, Cheung F, Yuan Q, Martin W, ZewdieY, McCallum J, Catanach A, Rutherford P, Sink KC, Jenderek M, Prince JP, Town CD, Havey MJ. 2004. A unique set of 11,008 onion expressed sequence tags reveals expressed sequence and genomic differences between the Monocot orders Asparagales and Poales. Plant Cell, vol.16:114-125

Simon PW, Jenderek MM. 2004. Flowering, seed production, and the genesis of garlic breeding. Plant Breeding Reviews, vol. 23:211-244

Jenderek MM, Hannan RM. 2000. Seed producing ability of garlic (Allium sativum L.) clones from two public U. S. collections. Proceeding of the Third International Symposium on Edible Alliaceae. Athens, GA:73-75

Jenderek MM, Olney AJ. 2000. Hibiscus syriacus plant regeneration from callus. Combined Proceedings International Propagators’ Society. 50:9-12

Jenderek MM. 1998. Rozmanazanie generatywne czosnku (Allium sativum L.). Zeszyty Naukowe Akademii Rolniczej im. H. Kollataja w Krakowie. 333(57):141-145 (In Polish)

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