Positions

Overview

  • My research is concerned with the genetic analysis and manipulation of economically important plants, with current emphasis on strawberry, quinoa, and some other cultivated and weedy species. We are using a combination of conventional, molecular, and cytogenetic techniques to construct strawberry genome maps, to compare genome structures among strawberry (Fragaria) species, and to trace the evolutionary history of the strawberry. The development of new types of molecular markers useful for plant genome mapping and phylogenetic investigations is also an important focus. We are assembling locally adapted germplasm from the genus Chenopodium as a foundation for a genomic project relevant to the re-domestication of quinoa. Finally, we are identifying, cloning, and characterizing genes for economically important traits such as disease resistance, flowering habit, and others.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2018 ENHANCED DOCUMENTATION OF CHENOPODIUM FOGGII (AMARANTHACEAE) IN NORTHERN NEW ENGLANDRhodora.  120:257-259. 2018
    2018 Environmental Correlates with Germinable Weed Seedbanks on Organic Farms across Northern New EnglandWeed Science.  66:78-93. 2018
    2017 A New Perspective on Polyploid Fragaria (Strawberry) Genome Composition Based on Large-Scale, Multi-Locus Phylogenetic Analysis.Genome Biology and Evolution.  9:3433-3448. 2017
    2017 XTHs from Fragaria vesca: genomic structure and transcriptomic analysis in ripening fruit and other tissues.BMC Genomics.  18:852. 2017
    2017 Genotype by environment interactions and combining ability for strawberry families grown in diverse environmentsEuphytica.  213. 2017
    2017 Seeking the northern boundary of the Cascade strawberryActa Horticulturae.  1156:111-115. 2017
    2016 A High-Density Linkage Map of the Ancestral Diploid Strawberry, , Constructed with Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Markers from the IStraw90 Array and Genotyping by Sequencing.Plant Genome.  9:0-0. 2016
    2016 Insight into octoploid strawberry (Fragaria) subgenome composition revealed by GISH analysis of pentaploid hybrids.Genome Canadian Journal of Genetics and Cytology.  59:79-86. 2016
    2016 HaploSNP affinities and linkage map positions illuminate subgenome composition in the octoploid, cultivated strawberry (Fragaria×ananassa).Plant Science.  242:140-150. 2016
    2015 Development and preliminary evaluation of a 90 K Axiom® SNP array for the allo-octoploid cultivated strawberry Fragaria × ananassa.BMC Genomics.  16:155. 2015
    2015 Germplasm resources for verticillium wilt resistance breeding and genetics in strawberry (Fragaria)Journal of Berry Research.  5:183-195. 2015
    2014 USING GENERAL AND SPECIFIC COMBINING ABILITY TO FURTHER ADVANCE STRAWBERRY (FRAGARIA SP.) BREEDINGActa Horticulturae.  193-200. 2014
    2014 Somatic embryogenesis, tetraploidy, and variant leaf morphology in transgenic diploid strawberry (Fragaria vesca subspecies vesca 'Hawaii 4').BMC Plant Biology.  14:23. 2014
    2014 A phylogenetic analysis of the genus Fragaria (strawberry) using intron-containing sequence from the ADH-1 gene.PLoS ONE.  9:e102237. 2014
    2010 An examination of targeted gene neighborhoods in strawberry.BMC Plant Biology.  10:81. 2010
    2010 An enhanced method for sequence walking and paralog mining: TOPO(R) Vector-Ligation PCR.BMC Research Notes.  3:61. 2010

    Principal Investigator On

  • RosBREED: Combining Disease Resistance with Hoticultural Quality in New Rosaceous Cultivars  awarded by Michigan State University 2014 - 2019
  • ABR-PG: The use of Pentaptoid Surrogates for Assembly and Anchoring of Octoploid Strawberry Genomes  awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF) 2015 - 2018
  • RosBREED: Enabling Marker Assisted Breeding in Rosaceae  awarded by Michigan State University 2009 - 2014
  • A Mulit-dimensional Approach to Comparative Genomics in Fragaria  awarded by US DA, Department of Agriculture 2008 - 2012
  • Graft Compatibility in Strawberry  awarded by J.R. Simplot Company 2012
  • Expressed Transcripts Rosaceae  awarded by University of Florida 2007 - 2011
  • Screening for Verticillium Wilt Resistance in Wild Diploid and Octoploid Strawberry Germsplasm  awarded by US DA, Department of Agriculture 2007 - 2009
  • Gene Pair Haplotypes and Sequence Samples From Strawberry (Rosacae): Muli-purpose, Transferable Resources for Genomics and Variety Improvement  awarded by US DA, Department of Agriculture 2005 - 2009
  • Cloning the Mint Ve Gene  awarded by Mint Industry Research Council 2005 - 2008
  • A Diploid Platform for Strawberry Genomics  awarded by US DA, Department of Agriculture 2003 - 2007
  • Miscellaneous Strawberry Testing  awarded by Miscellaneous Business & Industry 1992 - 2001
  • Organelle Genome Diversity in Fragaria  awarded by US DA, Department of Agriculture 1998 - 2000
  • Identification of Resistance Genes in Wild Mentha Species  awarded by Mint Industry Research Council 1996 - 2000
  • AFLP Mapping in Strawberry  awarded by Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Inc. 1996 - 1997
  • Gene Tags for Disease Resistance in Strawberries  awarded by North American Strawberry Growers Association (NASGA) 1992 - 1994
  • Genetic Transformation of Legumes  awarded by Miscellaneous University/College (US) 1992 - 1993
  • Mapping the Strawberry Genome  awarded by US DA, Department of Agriculture 1992 - 1993
  • Teaching Activities

  • ANFS Seminar Taught course 2018
  • Evolutionary Genetic of Plants Taught course 2018
  • Evolutionary Genetic of Plants Taught course 2018
  • Introductory Botany Taught course 2018
  • Introductory Botany Taught course 2018
  • Introductory Botany Taught course 2018
  • Evolutionary Genetic of Plants Taught course 2017
  • Evolutionary Genetic of Plants Taught course 2017
  • Evolutionary Genetic of Plants Taught course 2017
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2016
  • Evolutionary Genetic of Plants Taught course 2016
  • Evolutionary Genetic of Plants Taught course 2016
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2015
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2015
  • Cosmology & Our View of World Taught course 2015
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2015
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2015
  • Evolutionary Genetic of Plants Taught course 2015
  • Evolutionary Genetic of Plants Taught course 2015
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2014
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2014
  • Cosmology & Our View of World Taught course 2014
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2014
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2014
  • Evolutionary Genetic of Plants Taught course 2014
  • Full Name

  • Thomas Davis