RosBREED: Combining Disease Resistance with Horticultural Quality in New Rosaceous Cultivars is a USDA-SCRI awarded project focused on developing and applying modern DNA tests and related breeding methods to deliver new cultivars – cultivated varieties – of rosaceous crops in 22 U.S. breeding programs, focusing on eight crops: apple, blackberry, peach, pear, rose, strawberry, sweet cherry, and tart cherry.  The project is managed by Project Director Amy Iezzoni of Michigan State University and co-directed by Cameron Peace of Washington State University.  Together they are leading a group of 35 scientists from 14 U.S. institutions along with numerous international cooperators.

RosBREED brings unprecedented attention to local and regional breeding programs and a commitment to more efficiently, accurately, and creatively develop commercial scion and rootstock cultivars. The team is building on the foundation established in the preceding RosBREED project, with many new scientists and targeting diseases that industry stakeholders across the country have identified as key challenges.

Through this project, producers will have more options to sustainably protect their crops from disease, while consumers and the entire supply chain will directly benefit from products with better taste, nutrition, keeping ability, and appearance.

 

For further information, please refer to our Annual Reports

RosBREED Directory

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First Name Last Name Email Institution Role
John Clark University of Arkansas Professor
Michele Scheiber Star Roses and Plants, West Grove, PA Director of Breeding
Cynthia Haskins www.nyapplecountry.com New York Apple Association, Inc. President/CEO
James McFerson jim.mcferson@wsu.edu Washington State University Team Member
Margaret Worthington mlworthi@uark.edu University of Arkansas Team Member
Eric Van de Weg eric.vanderweg@wur.nl Wageningen University and Research Consultant
David Karp University of California, Riverside Associate
Robin Buell Michigan State University Assoc. Professor
Peter Hirst Purdue University Assoc. Professor
Lailing Cheng Cornell University Assoc. Professor
Bradly Rickard Cornell University Asst. Professor
Carolyn Ross Washington State University Asst. Professor
Chalmers Carr III Titan Peach Farms, Inc. CEO
Bruce Grim Washington Marketing Association Director
Dan Legard California Strawberry Commission Director, Research & Education
David Eddy American/Western Fruit Grower Editor
Bob Gix Blue Star Growers Horticulturalist
Jen Baugher Adams County Nursery Marketing Associate
John Lott Bear Mountain Orchards, Inc. President
Phil Korson Cherry Marketing Inst., Inc. President
Bill Dodd Ohio Fruit Growers Association President
Susan Gardiner The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Principal Scientist
Joe Arvai University of Calgary Professor
Chris Watkins Cornell University Professor
Ron Perry Michigan State University Professor
Dan Kluepfel University of California, Davis Professor
Clark Seavert Oregon State University Professor & Center Director
Frederick Bliss University of California, Davis Professor Emeritus
Pere Arus IRTA Researcher
Phil Simon USDA-ARS Research Geneticist
Robert Curtis Almond Board of California Senior Manager, Production Research
Vance Whitaker vwhitaker@ufl.edu University of Florida Strawberry
Kim Hummer National Clonal Germplasm Repository Supervisory Research Horticulturist
Chang-Lin Xiao USDA-ARS Supervisory Research Plant Pathologist
Jim Allen www.newyorkapplesales.com/ New York Apple Sales, Glenmont, NY Vice President
James Luby lubyx001@tc.umn.edu University of Minnesota Apple
Susan Brown skb3@cornell.edu Cornell Apple
Kate Evans kate_evans@wsu.edu Washington State University Apple
Michael Coe michael@cedarlakeresearch.com Cedar Lake LLC Consultant
Ksenija Gasic KGASIC@clemson.edu Clemson University Peach
Tom Gradziel gradziel@plantsciences.ucdavis.edu UC Davis Peach
David Byrne d-byrne@tamu.edu Texas A &M Peach & Rose
Stan Hokanson hokan017@umn.edu University of Minnesota Rose
Thomas Davis tom.davis@unh.edu University of New Hampshire Strawberry
Chad Finn Chad.Finn@ars.usda.gov USDA-ARS Strawberry & Blackberry
Amy Iezzoni iezzoni@msu.edu Michigan State University Tart Cherry Scion & Rootstock
Chengyan Yue yuechy@umn.edu University of Minnesota Team Leader
Cameron Peace cpeace@wsu.edu Washington State University Team Leader
Dorrie Main dorrie@wsu.edu Washington State University Team Leader
Nahla Bassil Nahla.Bassil@ars.usda.gov USDA Team Leader
James Luby lubyx001@tc.umn.edu University of Minnesota Team Member
Ksenija Gasic KGASIC@clemson.edu Clemson University Team Member
Amy Iezzoni iezzoni@msu.edu Michigan State University Team Member
Cameron Peace cpeace@wsu.edu Washington State University Team Member
Christopher Saski SASKI@clemson.edu Clemson University Team Member
Kate Evans kate_evans@wsu.edu Washington State University Team Member
Karina Gallardo karina_gallardo@wsu.edu Washington State University Team Member
Amy Iezzoni iezzoni@msu.edu Michigan State University Team Member
James Luby lubyx001@tc.umn.edu University of Minnesota Team Member
Vicki McCracken mccracke@wsu.edu Washington State University Team Member
Cameron Peace cpeace@wsu.edu Washington State University Team Member
Nahla Bassil Nahla.Bassil@ars.usda.gov USDA Team Member
Ksenija Gasic KGASIC@clemson.edu Clemson University Team Member
Craig Hardner craig.hardner@uq.edu.au University of Queensland Team Member
Amy Iezzoni iezzoni@msu.edu Michigan State University Team Member
Amy Lawton-Rauh amylr@clemson.edu Clemson University Team Member
Lisa DeVetter lisa.devetter@wsu.edu Washington State University Team Member
Amy Iezzoni iezzoni@msu.edu Michigan State University Team Member
Dorrie Main dorrie@wsu.edu Washington State University Team Member
Cameron Peace cpeace@wsu.edu Washington State University Team Member
Gregory Reighard grghrd@clemson.edu Clemson University Team Member
Nahla Bassil Nahla.Bassil@ars.usda.gov USDA Team Member
Rex Bernardo bernardo@umn.edu University of Minnesota Team Member
Chad Finn Chad.Finn@ars.usda.gov USDA-ARS Team Member
Ksenija Gasic KGASIC@clemson.edu Clemson University Team Member
Amy Iezzoni iezzoni@msu.edu Michigan State University Team Member
Amy Lawton-Rauh amylr@clemson.edu Clemson University Team Member
Cameron Peace cpeace@wsu.edu Washington State University Team Member
Jay Norelli jay.norelli@ars.usda.gov USDA-Kearneysville Team Leader
Chad Finn Chad.Finn@ars.usda.gov USDA-ARS Team Leader
Vance Whitaker vwhitaker@ufl.edu University of Florida Team Leader
James Luby lubyx001@tc.umn.edu University of Minnesota Team Leader
Ksenija Gasic KGASIC@clemson.edu Clemson University Team Leader
Guido Schnabel schnabe@clemson.edu Pathology team member Team Member
Cameron Peace cpeace@wsu.edu Washington State University Team Member
James Luby lubyx001@tc.umn.edu University of Minnesota Team Member
Kelly Ivors kivors@calpoly.edu California Poly State University Team Member
Amy Iezzoni iezzoni@msu.edu Michigan State University Team Member
Ksenija Gasic KGASIC@clemson.edu Clemson University Team Member
Chad Finn Chad.Finn@ars.usda.gov USDA-ARS Team Member
Nahla Bassil Nahla.Bassil@ars.usda.gov USDA Team Member
Chengyan Yue yuechy@umn.edu University of Minnesota Team Member
Vance Whitaker vwhitaker@ufl.edu University of Florida Team Member
Vicki McCracken mccracke@wsu.edu Washington State University Team Member
Kelly Ivors kivors@calpoly.edu California Poly State University Team Member
Stan Hokanson hokan017@umn.edu University of Minnesota Team Member
Karina Gallardo karina_gallardo@wsu.edu Washington State University Team Member
Lisa DeVetter lisa.devetter@wsu.edu Washington State University Team Member
Thomas Davis tom.davis@unh.edu University of New Hampshire Team Member
David Byrne d-byrne@tamu.edu Texas A &M Team Member
Nahla Bassil Nahla.Bassil@ars.usda.gov USDA Team Member
Cameron Peace cpeace@wsu.edu Washington State University Team Member
Jay Norelli jay.norelli@ars.usda.gov USDA-Kearneysville Team Member
Kate Evans kate_evans@wsu.edu Washington State University Team Member
Susan Brown skb3@cornell.edu Cornell Team Member
Guido Schnabel schnabe@clemson.edu Clemson University Team Member
Christopher Saski SASKI@clemson.edu Clemson University Team Member
Gregory Reighard grghrd@clemson.edu Clemson University Team Member
Amy Lawton-Rauh amylr@clemson.edu Clemson University Team Member
Amy Iezzoni iezzoni@msu.edu Michigan State University Team Member
Tom Gradziel gradziel@plantsciences.ucdavis.edu UC Davis Team Member
Carlos Crisosto chcrisosto@ucdavis.edu UC Davis Team Member
Marco Bink marco.bink@hotmail.com Wageningen University and Research Team Member
David Byrne d-byrne@tamu.edu Texas A &M Team Member
Cameron Peace cpeace@wsu.edu Washington State University Team Member
Amy Iezzoni iezzoni@msu.edu Michigan State University Team Member
Craig Hardner craig.hardner@uq.edu.au University of Queensland Team Member
Rex Bernardo bernardo@umn.edu University of Minnesota Team Member