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Alison Thompson

Research Geneticist (Plants)

Plant Physiology & Genetics Research Unit

USDA-ARS, US Arid-Land Agricultural ResearchCenter

The Quail Park Botanical Gardens, 2015 San Diego, CA


Alison Thompson

Research Geneticist
US Arid-Land Agricultural ResearchCenter

21881 North Cardon Lane
Maricopa, Arizona, USA 85138
520-316-6330 (FAX)


Ph.D. Crop Science emphasizing Plant Genetics (2008-2013)
Dissertation: Identifying root-lesion nematode (Pratylenchus spp.) resistance and functional mechanisms in wheat
Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Washington State University Thesis Advisors, Dr. Kim Garland-Campbell and Dr. Tim Paulitz

B.S. Biology emphasizing Biotechnology (2002-2006)
Department of Biology, Seattle Pacific University
Undergraduate Advisors, Dr. Cindy Fitch and Dr. Derek Wood


Research Interests: 

••         Develop improved abiotic stress tolerance, and improved fiber yield and quality, in cotton for use in sustainable production of fiber-based products

••         Determine physiological factors limiting the growth of cotton that can be targeted for improvement using molecular breeding techniques

••         Identify genes that control abiotic stress tolerance, yield, quality traits, and pest resistance in cotton

••         Develop effective field-based, high throughput phenotyping platforms for use in genetic improvement of cotton and other industrial crops

••         Studying root architecture and morphology as an adaptation method for drought and heat tolerance



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