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Esten Mason
Associate Professor of Wheat Breeding and Genetics
Soil and Crop Sciences
College of Agricultural Sciences

Plant Sciences Building, Room
  • Ph D, Texas A&M University; Molecular Plant Sciences
  • BA, Texas A&M University; Biology

The objective of my program is integrate breeding and research efforts in order to develop improved wheat cultivars. While the large majority of the breeding effort is traditional, other techniques such as genomic selection and marker assisted breeding tools are being actively developed and used. 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.

Mergoum, Mohamed, Johnson, J, Buck, J, Buntin, GD, Sutton, S, Lopez, B, Mailhot, D, Chen, Z, Bland, D, Harrison, Stephen, Murphy, JP, Mason, Esten, Sutton, Russell, Babar, Ali, Brown-Guedira, Gina, Ibrahim, Amir, Boyles, RE, Baik, B-K, Marshall, D, Griffey, CA, Cambron, SE, Chen, X, Cowger, C, (2022) A new soft red winter wheat cultivar ‘GA 08535-15LE29’ adapted to Georgia and the U.S. southeast region. J Plant Regist

Miner, Grace, Stewart, CE, Vigil, Merle F, Poss, DJ, Haley, Scott, Jones-Diamond, Sally Marie, Mason, Esten, (2022) Does agroecosystem management mitigate historic climate impacts on dryland winter wheat yields? Agronomy Journal

Ackerman, AJ, Holmes, R, Gaskins, E, Jordan, KE, Hicks, DS, Fitzgerald, J, Griffey, Carl, Mason, Esten, Harrison, Stephen, JP, Murphy, Cowger, Christina, Boyles, Richard E, (2022) Evaluation of Methods for Measuring Fusarium-Damaged Kernels of Wheat. Agronomy

Alarcon Reverte, Rocio, Stromberger, John A, Cotter, Jennifer D, Mason, Esten, Pearce, Stephen, (2022) nduced mutations in ASPARAGINE SYNTHETASE-A2 reduce free asparagine concentration in the wheat grain. Crop Science

Winn, Zachary, Lyerly, Jeannette, Brown-Guedira, Gina, Boyles, Richard, Mergoum, M, Johnson, Jerry, Harrison, Stephen, Mason, Esten, Sutton, Russell, Murphy, Paul, (2022) Profiling of Fusarium head blight resistance QTL haplotypes through molecular markers, genotyping-by-sequencing, and machine learning. Theoretical and Applied Genetics

Peirce, Erika Sasha, Cockrell, Darren Matthew, Mason, Esten, Haley, Scott, Peairs, Frank, Nachappa, Punya, (2022) Solid Stems and Beyond: Challenges and Future Directions of Resistance to Wheat Stem Sawfly (Hymenoptera: Cephidae). Journal of Integrated Pest Management

Ballén-Taborda , C, Lyerly, Jeannette, Smith, J, Howell, K, Brown-Guedira, Gina, Babar, MA, Harrison, Stephen, Mason, Esten, Mergoum, Mohomed, Murphy, JP, Sutton, Russell, Griffey, Carl, Boyles, Richard, (2022) Utilizing genomics and historical data to optimize gene pools for new breeding programs: A case study in winter wheat. Frontiers in Genetics

Mergoum, M, Johnson, Jerry, Buck, JW, Sutton, S, Lopez, Ben, (2021) 'GA JT141-14E45': A new soft red winter wheat cultivar adapted to Georgia and the US Southeast J Plant Regist 13

Mergoum, M, Johnson, Jerry, Buck, J, Sutton, S, Lopez, Ben, Bland, Dan, Chen, Z, Buntin, G D, Maihot, D J, Babar, M A, Mason, Esten, Harrison, A, Murphy, J P, (2021) A new soft red winter wheat cultivar, ‘GA 07353-14E19’, adapted to Georgia and the U.S. Southeast environments J Plant Regist 15 2 337-344

Ward, Brian P, Merrill, K, Bulli, P, Pumphrey, M, Mason, Esten, Mergoum, M, Johnson, Jerry, Sapkota, S, Lopez, B, Marshall, Dave, Brown-Guedira, Gina, (2021) Analysis of the primary sources of quantitative adult plant resistance to stripe rust in U.S. soft red winter wheat germplasm The Plant Genome 14 1 e20082

Jordan, KW, Bradbury, PJ, Miller, Z R, He, F, Fraser, M, Anderson, J, Mason, Esten, Katz, Andrew Miller, Pearce, Stephen P, Carter, Arron, Prather, S, Pumphrey, Michael, Chen, J, Cook, Jason, Liu, S, Rudd, Jackie, Wang, Z, Chu, C, Ibrahim, Amir, Turkus, J, Olson, Eric, Nagarajan, R, Carver, Brett, Yan, L, Taagen, E, Sorrells, Mark, Ward, Brian, Ren, J, Akhunova, A, Bai, G, Bowden, R, Fiedler, Jason, Faris, Justin, Dubcovsky, Jorge, Guttieri, Mary, Brown-Guedira, Gina, Buckler, Edward, Jannink, Jean Luk, Akhunov, Eduard, (2021) Development of the Wheat Practical Haplotype Graph Database as a Resource for Genotyping Data Storage and Genotype Imputation bioRxiv

Mosel, David, Mozzoni, Leandro, (2021) Evaluation of genetic diversity and association mapping for seed weight and size in vegetable soybean germplasm Crop Science

Alarcon Reverte, Rocio, Xie, Yucong, Stromberger, John A, Cotter, Jennifer D, Mason, Esten, Pearce, Stephen P, (2021) Induced mutations in TaASN-A2 reduce free asparagine concentration in the wheat grain bioRxiv

Mohammed, S, (2021) Mapping the genetic loci regulating leaf epicuticular wax, canopy temperature, and drought susceptibility index in Triticum aestivum Crop Science 61 4 2294-2305

Mason, Esten, Roberts, Trenton L, Boyles, Richard, Acuna, Andrea, Arguello, Nelly, Ballesteros, Diana, Subramanian, Nithya, (2021) "Molecular breeding in wheat, maize and sorghum: strategies for improving abiotic stress tolerance and yield" CABI 90-116

Winn, Zachary, Larkin, Dylan, Murry, Jamison, Moon, David E, Mason, Esten, (2021) Phenotyping Anther Extrusion of Wheat Using Image Analysis Agronomy 11 6 7

Larkin, Dylan, Mason, Esten, Moon, David E, Holder, Amanda, Ward, Brian, Brown-Guedira, Gina, (2021) Predicting Fusarium Head Blight Resistance for Advanced Trials in a Soft Red Winter Wheat Breeding Program With Genomic Selection Frontiers in Plant Science 12

Ibrahim , AMH, Sutton, Russell, Johnson , Jerry, Mergoum, Mohamed, Simoneaux, Bryan, Harrison, Stephen, Murphy, Paul, Mason, Esten, Babar, Ali, Neely, Clark, Opeña, G, Jin , Y, Kolmer, Jim, Boyles, Richard, Cambron, Sue, Baik, B, Brown-Guedira , Gina, Marshall, Dave, Fountain, Myron, (2021) Registration of ‘GA06343-13E2 (TX-EL2)’ soft red winter wheat Journal of Plant Registrations 15 1 107-112

Megoum, M, Johnson, Jerry, Buck, J W, Sutton, S, Lopez, Ben, (2021) Soft red winter wheat ‘GA 051207-14E53’: Adapted cultivar to Georgia and the U.S. Southeast region J Plant Regist 15 1 132-139

Jones-Diamond, Sally Marie, Mason, Esten, Johnson, Jerry J, Haley, Scott D, Asfeld, Ed P, Tyler, Roger Whitaker, Kluth, Danica L, Meyer, Ron Francis, Trujillo, Wilma, Kaan, Dennis A, Roesch, K., Larson, Kevin, Douglas-Mankin, Kyle, Pettinger, Brett Terrill, Gaines, Todd A, Westra, Eric Philip, Shelton, Chad, Erker, Brad, Roberts, Robyn, Pottorff, Laura, Novak, Rick Allen, Nachappa, Punya, Cockrell, Darren Matthew, Peirce, Erika Sasha, (2021) "TR21-3: Making Better Decisions, 2020 Colorado Winter Wheat Variety Performance Trials" Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station

Lozada, Dennis N, Carter, Arron, Mason, Esten, (2021) Unlocking the Yield Potential of Wheat: Influence of Major Growth Habit and Adaptation Genes. Crop Breeding, Genetics and Genomics Crop Breeding, Genetics and Genomics 3 2

da Silva, M. P., Zaccaron, A. Z., Bluhm, B. H., Rupe, J. C., Wood, L., Mozzoni, L. A., Mason, Esten, Yingling, S., Pereira, A., (2020) Bulked segregant analysis using next-generation sequencing for identification of genetic loci for charcoal rot resistance in soybean Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology 109 6

Cui, Q. R., Xiong, H. Z., Yufeng, Y. F., Eaton, S., Imamura, S., Santamaria, J., Ravelombola, W., Mason, Esten, Wood, L., Mozzoni, L. A., Shi, A. N., (2020) Evaluation of Drought Tolerance in Arkansas Cowpea Lines at Seedling Stage Hortscience 55 7 1132-+

Larkin, Dylan L., Holder, Amanda L., Mason, Esten, Moon, David E., Brown-Guedira, Gina, Price, Paul P., Harrison, Stephen A., Dong, Yanhong, (2020) Genome-wide analysis and prediction of Fusarium head blight resistance in soft red winter wheat Crop Science 60 6 2882-2900

Aviles, A.C., Harrison, S.A., Arceneaux, K.J., Brown-Guidera, G., Mason, Esten, Niranjan, B., (2020) Identification of QTLs for Resistance to Fusarium Head Blight Using a Doubled Haploid Population Derived from Southeastern United States Soft Red Winter Wheat Varieties AGS 2060 and AGS 2035 Genes 11 6 699

Guo, Jia, Khan, Jahangir, Pradhan, Sumit, Shahi, Dipendra, Khan, Naeem, Avci, Muhsin, Mcbreen, Jordan, Harrison, Stephen, Brown-Guedira, Gina, Murphy, Joseph Paul, Johnson, Jerry, Mergoum, Mohamed, Mason, Esten, Ibrahim, Amir M. H., Sutton, Russel, Griffey, Carl, Babar, Md Ali, (2020) Multi-Trait Genomic Prediction of Yield-Related Traits in US Soft Wheat under Variable Water Regimes Genes 11 11 1270

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