Assistant Professor of Horticulture
Sheridan Research and Extension Center
2004 – Ph.D. (Horticulture), University of Florida
1999 – M.S. (Horticulture), Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India
1997 – B.S. (Agriculture), Mahatma Phule Agricultural University, India
2012 – current, Assistant Professor of Horticulture, University of Wyoming
2010 – 2011, Graduate Faculty/Research Manager, Fort Valley State University
2007 – 2010, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Florida
2004 – 2006, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Florida
My program will utilize techniques in breeding and biotechnology along with improved management practices for expanding grapevine production in Wyoming. Screening Vitis germplasm for yield, quality and cold-hardiness, and evaluation of production systems for seedless grape cultivars in high tunnels will be a major focus area. Additionally, the program will also incorporate recent advances in grapevine genomics and biotechnology for improving abiotic stress tolerance of elite cultivars and rootstocks.
Gray, D.J., Z.T. Li, and S.A. Dhekney. 2014. Precision breeding of grapevine for improved traits. Plant Science, 228: 3-10.
Li, Z.T., K.H. Kim, S.A. Dhekney, J.R. Jasinski, M.R. Creech, and D.J. Gray. 2014. An optimized procedure for plant recovery from somatic embryos significantly facilitates the genetic improvement of Vitis. Horticulture Research, 1: 1-7 doi:10.1038/hortres.2014.27.
Dutt, M., S.A. Dhekney, L. Soriano, R. Kandel and J.W. Grosser. 2014. Temporal and spatial control of gene expression in horticultural crops. Horticulture Research, 1: 1-17. doi:10.1038/hortres.2014.27.
Sitther, V.S., D. Zhang, D.L. Harris, A.K. Yadav, F.T. Zee and S.A. Dhekney. 2014. Genetic characterization of guava (Psidium guajava) germplasm in the United States using microsatellite markers. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 61: 829-839.
Bergey, D.R., R. Kandel, B.K. Tyree, M. Dutt, and S.A. Dhekney. 2014. The role of calmodulin and related proteins in plant cell function: an ever thickening plot. Springer Science Reviews, 2: 145-159.
Yadav N.K., J.F. Lee, B.N. Vaidya, K. Henderson, W.M. Stewart, S.A. Dhekney and N. Joshee. 2013. A Review of Paulownia biotechnology: A Short Rotation, Fast Growing Multipurpose Bioenergy Tree. American Journal of Plant Sciences, 4: 2070-2082.
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