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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

R.C. Johnson
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Contact Information

     59 Johnson Hall, WSU
     Pullman, WA 99164-6402

R.C. Johnson

Area of Specialization

Plant Genetic Resource Management, Genetics, and Plant Environmental Stress Resistance


1981 -Ph.D. Agronomy
Kansas State University, Manhatten, KS
1978 -M.S. Agronomy
Washington State University, Pullman, WA
1976 -B.S. Agronomy
Washington State University, Pullman, WA
1974 -B.S. Wildlife Biology
Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Professional Experience

1987 - PresentResearch Agronomist
USDA-ARS Western Regional Plant Introduction Station
Pullman, WA
1981 - 1987Assistant & Associate Professor of Agronomy
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK
1981 - 1981Research Fellow
International Agriculture Center
Center for Agrobiological Research
Wageningen, Netherlands
1978 - 1981 Graduate Research Assistant
Kansas State University
Manhatten, KS
1976 - 1978 Graduate Research Assistant
Washington State University
Pullman, WA

Selected Profesional Activities and Awards

Associate Editor, Agronomy Journal, 1987-89

James Whatley Award for Excellence in Agricultural Research, Oklahoma State University, Division of Agriculture, 1987

Associate Editor, Crop Science, 1996-1997

Chair, Crop Science Subcommittee on Crop Registration for Sunflower, Safflower, and Other Oilseeds, 1995-2000

Alfalfa Crop Germplasm Committee Member

Forage and Turf Crop Germplasm Committee Member (ex-officio)

Graduate Faculty, Washington State University

Technical Advisory Committee Member, USDA Special Grant for Grass Seed Cropping Systems for a Sustainable Agriculture

Chair-elect (1996), Chair (1997), Past-chair (1998), Plant Genetic Resources Division (C-8), Crop Science of America

Board of Directors, Crop Science Society of America, 1996-97

Chair, International Safflower Germplasm Committee, 1997-2001

Selected Publications

Author/coauthor of more than 100 scientific papers, book chapters, articles, and abstracts. Below are five selected publications:

Johnson, R.C. and Tieszen L.L. 1994. Variation for water-use efficiency in alfalfa germplasm. Crop Science 34:452-458.

Johnson, R.C., Muehlbauer, F.J., and Simon, C.J. 1995. Genetic variation in water-use efficiency and its relation to photosynthesis and productivity in lentil germplasm. Crop Science 35:457-463.

Johnson, R.C., V.L. Bradley, and R.P. Knowles. 1996. Genetic contamination by wind-borne pollen in regeneration plots of smooth bromegrass. IPGRI Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter 106:30-34

Johnston,W.J., M.C.Nelson, R.C. Johnson, and C.T. Golob. 1997. Phenotypic evaluation of Poa pratensis L.: USDA/ARS Plant introduction germplasm collection. J. Int. Turf. Soc. 8:305-311.

Johnson, R.C. 1998. Genetic structure of regeneration populations of annual ryegrass. Crop Sci. 38: 851-857

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