Esten Mason - Assistant Professor of Wheat Breeding and Genetics

Phone: 479-575-5725
Address: 115 Plant Science Building I University of Arkansas I Fayetteville AR 72701


University of Arkansas - Fayetteville: Crop, Soil & Environmental Science Department

Cluster Identification:
- Plant Productivity 'Set-Points' Cluster

Research Areas/Expertise:
- Abiotic Stress
- Photsynthesis
- Plant Genetics/Breeding
- Plant Environmental Physiology
- Plant-Insect Interactions

Research Summary | Selected Publications | Lab Members | Key Collaborators | Research Projects | Links

Research Summary:

The goal of my program is integrate breeding and research efforts in order to develop improved wheat cultivars that have high yield potential, durable disease resistance, and abiotic stress tolerance. While the large majority of the breeding effort is traditional, other techniques such as molecular and physiological based breeding tools are being actively used and developed. Research areas include the physiology and molecular genetics of abiotic stress tolerance, including water-logging, heat and drought stresses. The development of physiological plant breeding tools such as the use of spectral reflectance, canopy temperature, and photosynthesis measurements is also a focus. It is my goal to train students to be well-rounded scientists, with knowledge of both traditional and modern methods, and how to apply these methods to be successful plant breeders.

Selected Publications:

Beecher, F.W., Mason R.E., Mondal, S., Awika, J., Hays, D., Ibrahim, A. 2012. Identification of quantitative trait loci (QTLs) associated with maintenance of wheat (Triticum aestivum Desf.) quality characteristics under heat stress conditions. Euphytica.  188:3, 361-368.

Mason, R.E., Mondal, S., Beecher, F.W, Hays, D.B. 2011. Genetic loci linking improved heat tolerance in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) to lower leaf and spike temperatures under controlled conditions. Euphytica 180: 181-194.

Singh, R.P., Huerta-EspinoJ., Bhavani, S., Herrera-Foessel, S.A., Singh, D., Singh, P.K., Velu, G., Mason, R.E., Jin, Y., Njau, P., Crossa, J. 2011. Race-nonspecific resistance to rust diseases in CIMMYT spring wheats. Euphytica 179: 175-186.

Mason, R.E., Mondal, S., Beecher, F.W., Pacheco, A., Jampala, B., Ibrahim, A.M.H., Hays, D.B. 2010. QTL associated with heat susceptibility index in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) under short-term reproductive stage heat stress. Euphytica 174: 423-436.

Lab Members:

Randy Miller 
Program Technician I

David Moon

Program Technician I
Andrea Acuna
PhD student, CSES
Denis Nicuh Lozada
Christopher Addison
Masters student, CSES

Nelly Arguello

MS student, CSES

Lucas Vieira

MS student, CSES

Key Collaborators

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Research Projects

1. Identification of Physiological and Genetic Markers Associated with Waterlogging tolerance in Wheat (Funded by USDA-NIFA-AFRI 2012-67013-19436)
2. Breeding for Improved Wheat Varieties (Funded by Arkansas Wheat Promotion Board)
3. Development of Fusarium Head Blight Resistance Wheat Varieties Adapted to the Mid-South (Funded by U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative)
4. Genetic Mapping of Stripe Rust Resistance Genes in Soft Red Winter Wheat
5. Meta-analysis of Wheat QTL Regions Associated with Tolerance to Abiotic Stress
6. Genetic Dissection of Wheat Yield, Yield Components, and Associated Physiological Traits using Bi-Parental and Association Mapping Approaches