Research Geneticist (Plants)
Dr. Kathy Haynes
Potato - Research Plant Geneticist
Phone: (301) 504-7405
Karen Frazier - Biological Science Technician
Karl DeLong - Biological Science Technician
Avery J. O'Donnell - Biological Science Technician
Brent Dyer - Biological Science Technician
Dr. Haynes has been with the Genetic Improvement of Fruits and Vegetables Laboratory (formerly the Vegetable Laboratory) since 1987, conducting research on potato. She serves as a Research Geneticist (Plants) developing improved potato varieties.
She was an undergraduate biology major at LeMoyne College, Syracuse, NY. Her graduate education was at North Carolina State University, where she earned her M.S. in Plant Breeding in the Horticultural Department (1981), her M. Stat in the Statistics Department (1985), and her Ph.D. in Plant Breeding in the Horticultural Department (1986). Dr. Haynes also serves as an adjunct professor at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA and at Inner Mongolia University, Huhhot, Inner Mongolia, People's Republic of China.
Dr. Haynes' Potato Breeding Program for variety development is a highly collaborative venture with scientists within ARS and public universities including the University of Florida, Clemson University, North Carolina State University, Virginia Tech, The Pennsylvania State University, Rutgers University, Cornell University, University of Maine, Ohio State University, and University of Maryland. More basic genetic studies are conducted in collaboration with potato researchers across the country.
- Developing new potato varieties for traditional markets (fresh, chipping)
- Developing new potato varieties for non-traditional markets
- Improving the potato germplasm base for disease resistance, with special emphasis on late blight, common scab, early blight, Fusarium dry rot
- Improving the potato germplasm base for nutritional content, with special emphasis on carotenoid content
- Improving the potato germplasm base for resistance to abiotic stresses, with special emphasis on resistance to internal heat necrosis
- Improving selection efficiency across diverse environments
- Genetic modeling
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