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James M. Krall, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor of Plant Sciences


1973 - B.S. Montana State University, Crop Science
1975 - M.S. Kansas State University, Crop Ecology
1979 - Ph.D. University of Wyoming, Crop Physiology

Areas of Specialization

  • New Crops and Cropping Systems, Varietal Development

Professional Positions

  • Professor of Agronomy, University of Wyoming, 1997 - 2012
  • Associate Professor of Agronomy, University of Wyoming, 1990-97
  • Assistant Professor of Agronomy, University of Wyoming, 1984-90
  • Assistant Professor of Agronomy, University of Nevada, 1979-84
  • Res. Assoc. Forage Physiology, University of Wyoming, 1976-79
  • Research Agronomist, Holly Sugar Corporation, 1975-76

Professional Accomplishments in Brief

Research has concentrated in forage crop physiology, new crop development, and variety evaluation and development. Responsibilities include coordination of the Wyoming Winter Wheat Development Program which releases new varieties in cooperation with regional institutions. An accomplishment has been the development of expertise in 'ley' crop/livestock production systems and pulse crops by virtue of six visiting scientist visitations to Australia. A research goal is to develop viable crop/livestock production systems suitable to the central plains using annual legume capable of reestablishing themselves from the soils seed bank as in the Australian 'ley' system. Recent activities included adaptive research with winter and summer annual legume crops as well as bio-fuel crops such as camelina, brown mustard and canola. As the first research director of UW-SAREC he had a mission to help promote the center by interacting with producers, educators, and researchers to accomplish the center's objectives. He was actively training graduate students as a member of the graduate faculty, an adjunct faculty member of the University of Nebraska, past (1998) president of the Western Society of Crop Science, has authored or co-authored 66 refereed publications, 45 invited presentations, 10 crop variety releases, and is the recipient of the 2007 Wyoming Crop Improvement Association Excellence in Service Award.


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Department of Plant Sciences

Dept. 3354

1000 E University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-3103


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