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David Douches CV

MSU Potato Breeding and Genetics

David Douches Ph.D.


David S. Douches Ph. D.

Department of Crop and Soil Sciences
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1312 USA
Phone: (517) 355-0271 ext. 1198
Fax: (517) 353-5174

Appointment Date:  March 1988   

Rank:  Professor
Specialty Area:  Geneticist   
Appointment: 90% Research, 10% Teaching


    B.S.    Rutgers University (Cook College), 1981
    M.S.    North Carolina State University, 1984
    Ph.D.    University of California-Davis, 1987

Positions held at Michigan State University:

    1987-88    Post Doctoral Fellow
    1988-94    Assistant Professor
    1994-01    Associate Professor
    2001-present    Professor

Research Responsibilities:

Potato breeding and genetics: Development and utilization of molecular markers for gene mapping, breeding and fingerprinting; Utilization of exotic germplasm; Cytogenetics of 2n gametes; Late blight, scab and Colorado potato beetle resistance; Transformation of potato to introgress economically important genes.

Synergistic Activities:

PI of the multi-institutional USDA/AFRI grant, SolCAP: translational genomics for potato and tomato.

Co-PI of the USAID-funded Bt-Potato Project that began in Egypt (1992) and is currently in South Africa.  We are currently awaiting approval of the regulatory dossier for general release of the variety.

Principle scientist of the Michigan State University potato breeding and genetics project and co-PI in the North Central Regional Potato Breeding and Genetics project. Collaborates and co-advises graduate students with plant pathologists, entomologist and nematologist. Graduate students have received 14 graduate student competition paper awards at national meetings.

Invited speaker to numerous vegetable industry conferences to report on advances in potato breeding and genetics.  Michigan State University liaison to the Michigan Potato Industry Commission.

Developer and teacher of a lab-based biotechnological techniques and principles course.  Also director of the Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology Interdepartmental Graduate Program at Michigan State Unviversity.

Select Refereed Publications:

Publications can be found here.