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Von Mark V. Cruz


Ph.D. 2006 Plant Breeding, Iowa State University
M.S. 1998 Genetics, University of the Philippines at Los Baños
B.S. 1993 Biology, University of the Philippines at Los Baños

Professional Experience

2010-present Visiting Scientist, USDA-ARS National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation, Fort Collins, CO

2006-2010 Program Manager, International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications, Los Baños, PH

2001-2006 Graduate Research Associate, Dept. Agronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

2000-2001 Assistant Scientist, International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications, Los Baños, PH

1994-2000 Research Associate, National Plant Genetic Resources Lab., University of the Philippines at Los Baños, PH

Recent/Active Participation

National Plant Germplasm System – New Crops Crop Germplasm Committee
Crop Science Society of America
Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops
Colorado Native Plant Society
Crop Science Society of the Philippines
Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture

Areas of Specialization and Interest

Plant genetic resources germplasm conservation and management
Genetic diversity assessment of germplasm collections
Plant phenotyping
New crops screening and characterization
Technology transfer of biotechnology applications
Gene flow

Selected publications

Comas LH, Becker S, Cruz VMV, Byrne P, Dierig DA. 2013. Root traits and responses contributing to plant productivity under drought. Frontiers in Plant Sciences.

Cruz, VMV, A Kilian, and DA Dierig. 2013. Development of DArT marker platforms and genetic diversity assessment of the U.S. collection of new oilseed crop lesquerella and relative species. PLoS ONE. 8(5):e64062.

Cruz VMV, Walters C, Dierig DA. 2013. Dormancy and afterripening response of seeds from natural populations and conserved Physaria (syn. Lesquerella) germplasm and their association with environmental and plant parameters. Industrial Crops and Products 45:191-199.

Cruz, VMV and DA Dierig. 2012. Trends in literature on new oilseed crops and relatives: seeking evidence of increasing or waning interest. Industrial Crops and Products. 37: 141-148.

Cruz, VMV, G Romano, and DA Dierig. 2012. Effects of after-ripening and storage regimens on seed-germination behavior of seven species of Physaria. Industrial Crops and Products 35: 185-191.

Cruz, VMV and RA Hautea. 2011. Global Scenario on Crop Biotechnology: Communication Setting.  In: Communication Challenges and Convergence in Crop Biotechnology. ISAAA and SEARCA, Los Baños , Philippines. pp. 1-25.

Hautea, DM, VMV Cruz, V Vijayaraghavan and RA Hautea. 2011. Transgenic Horticultural Crops in Asia. In: Transgenic Horticultural Crops: Challenges, and Opportunities. B. Mou and R. Scorza (eds.). Taylor and Francis, Boca Raton, FL. pp. 155-174.

Cruz, VMV, CL Rife, JD Nason, EC Brummer, and CAC Gardner. 2008. Preservation of genetic integrity of Brassica napus germplasm during regeneration in lumite screen cages.  FAO-Bioversity Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter. 154: 14-19

Cruz, VMV, R Luhman, CL Rife, RA Shoemaker, LF Marek, EC Brummer, and CAC Gardner 2007. Characterization of flowering time and SSR marker analysis of annual and winter type Brassica napus germplasm. Euphytica. 153(1-2):43-57

Cruz, VMV, JD Nason, R Luhman, LF Marek, RC Shoemaker, EC Brummer, and CAC Gardner. 2006. Analysis of bulked and redundant accessions of Brassica germplasm using assignment tests of microsatellite markers. Euphytica. 152(3):339–349

Cruz, VMV, NC Altoveros, MSM Mendioro and DA Ramirez. 1999. Geographical patterns of diversity in the Philippine edible yam collection. IPGRI/FAO Newsletter 119: 7-11.

Siopongco, LB, NC Altoveros, VMV Cruz, and MLH Villavicencio. 1999. Morphological diversity in NPRGL’s local corn collection. Philipp. J. Crop Sci. 24(2-3):103-113.

Cruz, VMV and DA Ramirez. 1999. Variation of morphological characters in a collection of yams (Dioscorea spp.). Philipp. J. Crop Sci. 24(1):27-35.

Last Modified: 11/25/2013
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