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Theodore Kisha
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     Pullman, WA 99164-6402

Ted Kisha


1996 -Ph. D. Plant Breeding and Genetics
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
Dissertation: Genetic Diversity for Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (RFLP) Markers Within Soybean (Glycine max L.) Germ Plasm and Its Use as a Selection Criterion for Parents in a Breeding Program.
1983 -M.S. Agronomy
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT.
Thesis: The Effect of Soil Salinity on Growth and Dinitrogen Fixation in Vicia faba L. and Phaseolus vulgaris L.
1971 -B.S. Chemistry
Hiram College, Hiram, OH

Professional Experience

2013 - PresentPhaseolus Curator
USDA-ARS Western Regional Plant Introduction Station
Pullman, WA
2000 - PresentGeneticist Plants
USDA-ARS Western Regional Plant Introduction Station
Pullman, WA
1998 - 2000 Breeder & Geneticist, Wheats/Oats
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
1985 - 1991 Research Associate, Winter Wheat Breeding Project
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT
1971 - 1994 Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)
Served on active duty: 1971 - 1978
Served in Reserves: 1978 - 1994


Research Projects

All Publications 

Selected Publications

Kwon, S.J., Brown, A.F., Hu, J., Mcgee, R.J., Watt, C., Kisha, T.J., Timmerman-Vaughan, G., Grusak, M.A., Mcphee, K., Coyne, C.J. 2012. Genetic diversity, population structure and genome-wide marker-trait association analysis of the USDA pea (Pisum sativum L.) core collection. Genes and Genomics. 10.1007/s13258-011-0213-z.

Johnson, R.C., T.J. Kisha, L. Pecetti, M. Romani, and P. Richter. 2011. Characterization of Poa supina from the Italian Alps with AFLP Markers and Correlation with Climatic Variables. Crop Sci. 51(4): 1627-1636.

Kisha, T.J., Cramer, C.S. 2011. Determining redundancy of short-day onion accessions in a germplasm collection using microsatellite and targeted region amplified polymorphic markers. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science. 136(2):129-134.

Greene, S.L., Kisha, T.J., Dzyubenko, N.L. 2008. Conserving alfalfa wild relatives: is past introgression with Russian varieties evident today?. Crop Science 46:1853-1864.

Johnson, R.C., Kisha, T.J., Evans, M.A. 2007. Characterizing Safflower Germplasm with AFLP Molecular Markers. Crop Science. 47:1728-1736.

Douches, D.S., T.J. Kisha, J.J. Coombs, W. Li, W. Pett, E.J. Grafius. 2001. Effectiveness of natural and engineered host plant resistance in potato to the Colorado potato beetle. Hort Sci. 36(5): 967-970.

Kisha, T. J., B. W. Diers, and C. H. Sneller. 1998. Genetic diversity among soybean plant introductions and North American germ plasm. Crop Sci.38:1669-1680.

Kisha, T. J., C. Sneller, and B. W. Diers. 1997. Relationship between Genetic Distance Among Parents and Genetic Variance in Populations of Soybean. Crop Sci. 37(4) 1317-1325.

Kisha, T. J., and B. W. Diers. 1997. Allele contribution of parents to selected progeny from two-way crosses. Soybean Genetics Newsletter. 24:190-193.

Diers, B. W., A. P. Rao Arelli, and T. J. Kisha. 1997. Genetic mapping of soybean cyst nematode resistance genes from PI 88788. Soybean Genetic Newsletter. 24:194-195.

Kisha, T. J., G. A. Taylor, H. F. Bowman, L. E. Wiesner, G. D. Jackson, G. R. Carlson, J. W. Bergman, G. D. Kushnak, G. F. Stallknecht, V. R. Stewart, and C. F. McGuire. 1992. Registration of 'Tiber' Hard Red Winter Wheat. Crop Sci. 32:1292-1293.

Taylor, G. A., T. J. Kisha, C. F. McGuire, and C. H. Rust. 1994. Agronomic field performance of Montana 7811, a hard white winter wheat. Montana AgResearch 11(2):6-8.

McGuire, C. F., G. A. Taylor, C. H. Rust, and T. J. Kisha. 1994. End-use quality of Montana 7811, hard white winter wheat. Montana AgResearch 11(2):9-13.

Rust, C. H., G. A. Taylor, C. F. McGuire, and T. J. Kisha. 1994. Marketing MT7811, Montana hard white winter wheat. Montana AgResearch 11(2):14-18.

Taylor, G. A., C. F. McGuire, and T. J. Kisha. 1990. Montana hard white winter wheat for the domestic market. Report to the Montana Department of Agriculture.

Kisha, T. J., 1983. The effect of soil salinity on growth of and dinitrogen fixation in Phaseolus vulgaris L. and Vicia faba L. Masters Thesis. Montana State University

Lockerman, R. H., T. J. Kisha, J. R. Sims, and A. S. Abdel-Ghafar. 1983. The effect of soil salinity on dinitrogen fixation and yield of faba bean (Vicia faba L.). FABIS 7:24-25.


Singer, S., E.J.B. von Wettberg, and T.J. Kisha. Genetic variation in the USDA Chamaecrista fasciculata collection. VI International Conference on Legume Genetics and Genomics, October 2-7 2012, Hyderabad, India.

Kisha, T.J. and B.C. Hellier. 2012. Genetic diversity of riperian populations of Glycyrrhiza lepidota along the Salmon and Snake Rivers. 24th International Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops, November 12-15, 2012, Sonoma, California

Daniel, R.L., Harper, A., Kisha, T.J., Smith, E., Kenny, S., Dhingra, A. 2013. ANALYSIS AND VISUALIZATION OF GENETIC DIVERSITY IN HOP(HUMULUS LUPULUS). 21st International Plant and Animal Genome Conference, January 12-16, 2013, San Diego, California

Kisha, T.J. 2004. HortScience. 39(4):734. Comparing Molecular Marker Types for Cost and Information Content. American Society of Horticultural Science. Abstracts. Workshop: Effective Use of Molecular Markers in Genetic Conservation and Improvement of Horticultural Crops.

Kisha, T.J., S. Clement, L. Elberson. 2003. Comparison of PCR and Stem Isolation Based Methods For Fungal Endophyte Detection in Tall Fescue. Agronomy Abstracts.

Greene, S.L., T. Kisha, and R.C. Johnson. 2002. Introgression between cultivated alfalfa and wild relatives in Northwestern Kazakhstan. Agronomy Abstracts.

Kisha, T.J., R.C. Johnson, D.Z. Skinner. 2002. Variances of Genetic Distance Measurements Among Alfalfa Accessions Compared From Several Molecular Marker Types. Agronomy Abstracts.

Bradley, V.L., T.J. Kisha, and R.C. Johnson. 2002. The identification of duplicate accessions within a grass germplasm collection using RAPD analysis. Agronomy Abstracts.

Kisha, T.J., R.C. Johnson, D.Z. Skinner, and S.L. Greene. 2001. Comparison of molecular marker types for characterization of alfalfa accessions. Agronomy Abstracts.

Kisha, T.J., H.W. Ohm, and S.B. Goodwin. 2000. Evaluation of wheat for resistance to glume blotch using detached leaves and spikelets. Agronomy Abstracts.

Kisha, T. J. and B. W. Diers. 1996. The relationship between RFLP genetic distance and progeny genetic variance in soybean. Agronomy Abstracts.

Kisha, T. J. and B. W. Diers. 1995. Comparison of genetic distance estimates among soybean lines using RFLP and RAPD molecular markers. Agronomy Abstracts.

Kisha, T. J. and B. W. Diers. 1994. Use of RFLP markers as predictors of genetic variability in soybean populations. Agronomy abstracts.

Sneller, C., B. Diers, T. Kisha, J. Miles, and L. Norquest. 1994. RFLP and coefficient of parentage analyses of diversity in elite and plant introduction soybean populations. Agronomy abstracts.

Kisha, T. J. and B. W. Diers. 1993. Genetic diversity of Northern soybean lines using RFLP markers. Agronomy Abstracts.

Book Chapters

Kisha, T.J. and R.C. Johnson 2011. Chapter 6: Safflower In: Gupta, S.K. (Ed) Technological Innovations in Major World Oil Crops, Vol. 1. Springer, New York.

Kisha, T. and O. Ryder. 2006. The role of bioinformatics in coordinating conservation efforts. In: De Vincente, M.C. and M.S. Andersson (Eds) DNA banks-providing novel options for genebanks? Topical Reviews in Agricultural Biodiversity. International Plant Genetic Resources Institute, Rome, Italy