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Department of Plant Sciences

Robin Groose

Robin Groose

Associate Professor of Agroecology and Plant Breeding, Retired

Education and Experience 

B.S. 1978, University of Wisconsin, Molecular Biology

M.S. 1983, University of Wisconsin, Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics

Ph.D. 1985, University of Wisconsin, Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics 

Post-Doctoral Research Associate, 1985-1986, Iowa State University 

Research Geneticist, 1986 - 1987, USDA-ARS, Ames, IA

Assistant Professor, Dept of Plant, Soil, and Insect Sciences, 1988 - 1992

Associate Professor, Dept of Plant Sciences, 1993 - 2015

Teaching:  Agroecology, Plant Breeding and Biotechnology, and Genetics  


Dr. Groose has worked with legume crops his entire career.  At first he studied transposable elements (“jumping genes”) and later studied quantitative genetics of autotetraploid plants to elucidate the basis for severe inbreeding depression (genetic load) and “progressive heterosis” in tetrasomic polyploids.


More recently, Dr. Groose focused on applied breeding of alfalfa, annual medic, and winter feed peas.  Feed peas have the potential to integrate cereal and livestock production for more economically profitable and environmentally sustainable dryland agriculture on the Central Great Plains.  Peas were bred for Wyoming adaptation and dual use, i.e., for both forage and grain.


Germplasm/Cultivar/Genetic Stock Releases:

w4-m w4-m soybean genetic stock

‘T321’ soybean

WY-RF1 Alfalfa

WY-RF2 Alfalfa

‘WyoWinter’ feed pea



Dr. Groose contributes regularly to the Casper Star-Tribune with essays biology, agriculture, and the environment.


Current Research Activities:

Dr. Groose works with Department of Plant Sciences faculty (Dr. Anowar Islam, Chris Hilgert, and Dr. Jim Heitholt) on their respective breeding projects with pea and dry edible bean. 


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