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Title: Charles W. Stuber: Maize geneticist and pioneer of marker-assisted selection

item Holland, Jim - Jim
item MURPHY, PAUL - North Carolina State University
item GRAHAM, GEOFF - Dupont Pioneer Hi-Bred
item SENIOR, LYNN - Syngenta

Submitted to: Plant Breeding Reviews
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/1/2014
Publication Date: 11/1/2015
Citation: Holland, J.B., Murphy, P., Graham, G., Senior, L. 2015. Charles W. Stuber: Maize geneticist and pioneer of marker-assisted selection. Plant Breeding Reviews. 39:1-22.

Interpretive Summary: This is a chapter dedicated to reviewing the career and accomplishments of Dr. Charles Stuber, who worked as a research geneticist for USDA-ARS for more than 30 years. He was a pioneer of the use of genetic technologies to enhance plant breeding. He was inducted into the USDA-ARS Science Hall of Fame for his achievements.

Technical Abstract: Charles W. Stuber is considered a pioneer of quantitative genetic mapping and marker-assisted selection in maize. The achievements of his four decade career in research include the development of genetic marker systems used in maize and adapted in many other crops, the first methods and studies to identify quantitative trait loci, and creation of new breeding methods that integrated molecular markers into applied breeding. His work was instrumental in creating the foundation for modern plant breeding, which relies heavily on combining genetic marker information with field evaluations of quantitative traits. He also trained several generations of students and post-doctoral researchers who have had influential careers in their own right. Finally, Charlie Stuber has provided leadership at many levels throughout his career, and continues to lead the North Carolina State University Center for Plant Breeding and Applied Genomics as its director today, more than a decade after his retirement from research.