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Dr. Donna Harris

Assistant Professor, Plant Breeding & Genetics

Sheridan Research & Extension Center

Phone:  307-673-2754





University of Georgia, Athens, GA. PhD, Jan 2007 – Aug 2014, Major:  Plant Breeding, Genetics, & Genomics.  

University of Georgia, Athens, GA.  M.S., 1999 – Dec 2001, Major:  Crop Science.             

University of Georgia, Athens, GA.  B.S., 1998, Major: Crop Science.

Dr. Donna Harris



July 2015 – Jan 2020 – Senior Scientist; Tomato PreBreeder, BASF Vegetable Seeds (formerly Bayer Vegetable Seeds), Acampo, CA.

Jan 2007 – July 2015 – Research Professional III, University of Georgia, Athens, GA. 

Oct 2005 – Oct 2006 – Line Development Breeder at Monsanto Company. 

Jan 2005 – Oct 2005 – Research Associate at Monsanto Company. 

Jan 2002 – June 2004 – Senior Research Associate at Pioneer Hi-Bred International



My research will be in the area of plant breeding and genetics working on several relevant crops to Wyoming with a focus on the current and potential needs of both the producer and consumer.


Peer-reviewed Journal Articles:

Childs, S.P., Z.R. King, D.R. Walker, D.K. Harris, K.F. Pedley, J.W. Buck, H.R. Boerma, and Z. Li. 2018.  Discovery of a seventh Rpp soybean rust resistance locus in soybean accession PI 605823. Theor. Appl. Genet. 131:27-41.

King Z.R., S.P. Childs, D.K. Harris, K.F. Pedley, J.W. Buck, H.R. Boerma, and Z. Li. 2017.  A new soybean rust resistance allele from PI 423972 at the Rpp4 locus. Molecular Breeding 37:62.

King, Z.R., D.K Harris, E.D. Wood, J.W. Buck, H.R. Boerma, and Z.L. Li.  2016. Registration of four near-isogenic soybean lines of G00-3213 for resistance to Asian soybean rust. J Plant Registrations 10:189-194.

King, Z.R., D.K. Harris, K.F. Pedley, Q.J Song, D.C. Wang, Z.X. Wen, J.W. Buck, Z.L Li, and H.R. Boerma.  2016. A novel Phakopsora pachyrhizi resistance allele (Rpp) contributed by PI 567068A. Theor. Appl. Genet. 129:517-534.

Pham A., J.W. Buck, D.K. Harris, J. Serrano, H. Haleem, Q. Song, P.B. Cregan, H.R. Boerma, and Z. Li. 2015. Fine mapping and characterization of candidate gene(s) that control the resistance to frogeye leaf spot disease in soybean. PLoS ONE doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0126753

Harris, D.K., H. Abdel-Haleem, J.W. Buck, D.V. Phillips, Z. Li and H.R. Boerma. 2015. Soybean quantitative trait loci conditioning soybean rust-induced canopy damage. Crop Sci . 55:2589-2597.

Harris D.K., Kendrick M.D., King Z.R., Pedley K.F., Walker D.R., Cregan P.B., Buck J.W., Phillips D.V., Li Z., and Boerma H.R. 2015. Identification of unique genetic sources of soybean rust resistance from the USDA germplasm collection. Crop Sci. 55:2161-2176.

Yu, N., M. Kim; Z.R. King; D.K. Harris, J.W. Buck; Z. Li, and B.W. Diers.  2014.  Fine mapping of the Asian soybean rust resistance gene Rpp2 from soybean PI 230970. Theor. Appl. Genet. doi: 10.1007/s00122-014-2438-0

Walker, D.R., D.K. Harris, Z.R. King, Z. Li, H.R. Boerma, J.B. Buckley, D.B. Weaver, E.J. Sikora, E.R. Shipe, J.D. Mueller, J.W. Buck, R.W. Schneider, J.J. Marois, D.L. Wright, and R.L. Nelson. 2014.  Evaluation of soybean germplasm accessions for resistance to Phakopsora pachyrhizi populations in the southeastern United States, 2009-2012. Crop Sci. 54:1673-1689.

Walker, D.R., D.K. Harris, Z.R. King, Z. Li, D.V. Phillips, J.W. Buck, R.L. Nelson, and H.R. Boerma.  2014.  Soybean germplasm accession seedling reactions to soybean rust isolates from Georgia. Crop Sci. 54:1433-1447.

Walker, D.R., H.R. Boerma, D.V. Philips, R.W. Schneider, J.B. Buckley, E.R. Shipe, J.D. Mueller, D.B. Weaver, E.J. Sikora, S.H. Moore, G.L. Hartman, M.R. Miles, D.K. Harris, D.L. Wright, J.J. Marois and R.L. Nelson. 2011. Evaluation of USDA soybean germplasm accessions for resistance to soybean rust in the southern United States. Crop Sci. 51:678-693.

Kendrick, M.D., D.K. Harris, B. Ha, D.L. Hyten, P.B. Cregan, R.D. Frederick, H.R. Boerma, and K.F. Pedley. 2011.  Identification of a second Asian soybean rust resistance gene in Hyuuga soybean. Phytopath. 101:535-543.

Fasoula, V.A., D.K. Harris, and H.R. Boerma.  2004.  Validation and designation of quantitative trait loci for seed protein, seed oil, and seed weight from two soybean populations. Crop Sci. 44:1218-1225.

Harris, D.K., H.R. Boerma, R.S. Hussey, and S.L. Finnerty.  2003.  Additional sources of soybean germplasm resistance to two species of root-knot nematode. Crop Sci. 43:1848-1851.

Fasoula, V.A., D.K. Harris, M.A. Bailey, D.V. Phillips, and H.R. Boerma.  2003.  Identification, mapping, and confirmation of a soybean gene for bud blight resistance. Crop Sci. 43:1754-1759.

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