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Molly Welsh; Retired
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Contact Information

Note: Molly Welsh has retired. Please contact Julie Thayer regarding our Phaseolus collection.

     59 Johnson Hall, WSU
     Pullman, WA 99164-6402


Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) Germplasm Collection web site

Professional Experience

1998 - PresentPhaseolus Curator
USDA-ARS Western Regional Plant Introduction Station
Pullman, WA
1997 - 1998Research Affiliate Agronomist
USDA-ARS National Soybean Research Laboratory
Urbana, IL

Research and Interests

Acquire, preserve, evaluate, enhance, and distribute the Phaseolus germplasm maintained in the national collection. The acquisition and propagation of wild Phaseolus species is among the priorities of the program.

Perform research on aspects of germplasm maintenance, propagation, and genetics. Another important aspect of the program is the step taken to preserve and rescue old or rare germplasm lines.

Continue program to clean-up BCMV contamination in the collection. Approximately 15% of the collection is labeled BCMV-free.

Collect and document data on above research.

Selected Publications

Welsh, M. M., 2001. Soybeans. In: Plant Sciences. Ed. R. Robinson. MacMillan Reference USA, New York. Vol. 4:69-71.

Li, Z., L. Qin, J. Thompson, M. Welsh, and R. Nelson. 2001. Molecular Genetic Analysis of the U.S. and Chinese Soybean ancestral Lines. Crop Science. 41(4):1330-1336.

Welsh, M.M., and K.F. Grafton. 2001. Resistance to common bacterial blight of bean introgressed from Phaseolus coccineus. HortScience. 36(4):750-751.

Welsh, M.M., and K.F. Grafton. 1997. Identifying genes for resistance to common bacterial blight of bean. The Bean Improvement Coop Annual Newsletter. 40:104-105.

Muehlbauer, F.J., R.J. Summerfield, W.J. Kaiser, S.L. Clement, C.M. Boerboom, M.M. Welsh-Maddux*, and R.W. Short. 1998. USDA Bulletin, Description and Culture of Lentils.

M.M. Welsh-Maddux*, S.C. Spaeth, and F.J. Muehlbauer. 1994. Morphology of the slashed-pod trait in lentil. Economic Botany. 48:29-34.

M.M. Welsh-Maddux*, and F.J. Muehlbauer. 1994. Evidence for environmental induction of the slashed-pod trait in lentil. LENS Newsletter, Lentil Experimental News Service. 20(2):21-23.

* I have resumed the use of my maiden name: Molly M. Welsh.