Dr. Arron H. Carter

Arron Carter

Winter Wheat Breeding Program
Associate Professor and O.A. Vogel Endowed Chair of Wheat Breeding and Genetics

383 Johnson Hall
PO Box 646420
Pullman WA 99164-6420 USA
Phone 509-335-6198
FAX 509-335-8674
ahcarter@wsu.edu


Curriculum vitae (pdf)

Education

Ph.D., Washington State University, Crop Science, 2009
M.S., University of Idaho, Plant Science, 2006
B.S., University of Idaho, Plant Science, 2003

Research

I lead the winter wheat breeding and genetics program at Washington State University. My research is directed toward breeding improved wheat varieties for cropping systems in Washington state that incorporate diverse rotations and environments. Our goal is to release high-yielding, disease resistant varieties with good end-use quality  that will maintain profitability and reduce the risk to growers. New varieties are developed using a combination of traditional plant breeding methods, molecular marker technology, and biotechnology. Research efforts include identifying genetic solutions to winter wheat production problems, thereby enhancing the sustainability of the Washington wheat industry. Farmer participation is utilized in the development of new varieties and in research planning. Current research topics involve developing water-use efficient wheat, adaptation of sensor based technology into wheat breeding programs, genetic understanding of end-use quality in wheat, and identification of new genes for stripe rust resistance.

Teaching Activities:

Instruction/Classes

  • Crop Science 445, Plant Breeding, 4 credits, Spring Semester (even years), Instructor, Washington State University.
  • Crop Science 435, Interdisciplinary Solutions in Plant Science [CAPS], 3 credits, Spring Semester (odd years), Instructor, Washington State University.
  • Crop Science 498, Research Internship, 1-3 credits, Instructor, Washington State University.
  • Crop Science 512, Field Plant Breeding, 3 credits, Summer/Fall Semester, Instructor, Washington State University.

Publications

Balow, K., G. Shelton, A. Burke, K. Hagemeyer, E. Klarquist, P. Froese, E.B. Kruse, S.W. Carle, A. Roa, N. Nielsen, and A.H. Carter. 2018. Registration of the Finch-Eltan Winter Wheat Recombinant Inbred Mapping Population. Journal of Plant Registrations Accepted

Zhang J., S.A. Gizaw, E. Bossolini, J.M. Hegarty, A.H. Carter, S. Chao, E. Akhunov, and J. Dubcovsky. 2018. Identification and validation of QTL for grain yield and plant water status under contrasting water treatments in fall-sown spring wheat. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 131:1741-1759

Gizaw, S.A., J. Godoy, K. Garland-Campbell, and A.H. Carter. 2018. Genome-wide association study of yield and component traits in Pacific Northwest winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Crop Science 58:2315-2330.

Gizaw, S.A., J.G.V. Godoy, K. Garland-Campbell, and A.H. Carter. 2018. Using spectral reflectance as proxy phenotypes for genome wide association studies of yield and yield stability in Pacific Northwest winter wheat. Crop Science 58:1232-1241.

Godoy, J., S. Gizaw, S. Chao, N. Blake, A.H. Carter, R. Cuthbert, J. Dubcovsky, P. Hucl, K. Kephart, C. Pozniak, P.V.V. Prasad, M. Pumphrey, and L. Talbert. 2018. Genome-wide association study (GWAS) of agronomic traits in a spring planted North American elite hard red spring wheat panel. Crop Science 58:1838-1852.

Gizaw, S.A., J.G. Godoy, M.O. Pumphrey, and A.H. Carter. 2018. Spectral reflectance for indirect selection and genome-wide association analyses of grain yield and drought tolerance in North American spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Crop Science doi: 10.2135/cropsci 2017.11.0690

Jernigan, K.L., J. Godoy, M. Huang, Y, Zhou, C.F. Morris, K.A. Garland-Campbell, Z. Zhang, and A.H. Carter. 2018. Association mapping for end-use quality in Pacific Northwest adapted soft white winter wheat. Frontiers in Plant Science. 09 March 2018

Lewien, M.J., T.D. Murray, K.L. Jernigan, K.A. Garland-Campbell, and A.H. Carter. 2018 Genome-wide association mapping for eyespot disease in US Pacific Northwest winter wheat. PLOS One. April 2, 2018

Martinez, S.A., J. Godoy, M. Huang, Z. Zhang, A.H. Carter, K. Garland-Campbell, and C.M. Steber. 2018. Genome-wide association mapping for tolerance to preharvest sprouting and low falling numbers in wheat. Frontiers in Plant Science 14 February 2018.

Liu, W., Y. Naruoka, K. Miller, K. Garland-Campbell, and A.H. Carter. 2018. Characterizing and validating stripe rust resistance loci in US Pacific Northwest winter wheat accessions (Triticum aestivum L.) by genome-wide association and linkage mapping. Plant Genome 11:170087. doi:10.3835/plantgenome2017.10.0087

Wiersma, A.T., R.B. Whetten, G. Zhang, S.K. Sehgal, F.L. Kolb, J.A. Poland, R.E. Mason, A.H. Carter, C. Cowger, and E.L. Olson. 2018. Registration of two wheat germplasm lines fixed for Pm58. Journal of Plant Registrations 12:270-273.

Aramrak, A., N.C. Lawrence, V.L. DeMacon, A.H. Carter, K.K. Kidwell, I.C. Burke, and C.M. Steber. 2018. Isolation of mutations conferring increased glyphosate resistance in spring wheat, Triticum aestivum (L.). Crop Science 58:84-97

Jernigan, K.L., C.F. Morris, R. Zemetra, J. Chen, K. Garland-Campbell, and A.H. Carter. 2017. Genetic analysis of soft white wheat end-use quality traits in a club by common wheat cross. Journal of Cereal Science 76:148-156 

Kruse, E.B., S.W. Carle, N. Wen, D.Z. Skinner, T.D. Murray, K.A. Garland-Campbell, and A.H. Carter. 2017. Genomic regions associated with tolerance to freezing stress and snow mold in winter wheat. Genes|Genomes|Genetics:G3 7:775-780

Carter, A.H., S.S. Jones, K.A. Balow, G.B. Shelton, A.B. Burke, S.R. Lyon, R.W. Higginbotham, X.M. Chen, D.A. Engle, T.D. Murray, and C.F. Morris, 2017. Registration of ‘Jasper’ soft white winter wheat. Journal of Plant Registrations 11:263-268.

Carter, A.H., S.S. Jones, S.R. Lyon, K.A. Balow, G.B. Shelton, A. Burke, R.W. Higginbotham, W.F. Schillinger, X.M. Chen, D.A. Engle, and C.F. Morris. 2017. Registration of ‘Sequoia’ hard red winter wheat. Journal of Plant Registrations 11:269-274.

Carter, A.H., K.K. Kidwell, K.A. Balow, A. Burke, G.B. Shelton, R.W. Higginbotham, V. DeMacon, M.J. Lewien, X.M. Chen, D.A. Engle, and C.F. Morris. 2017. Registration of ‘Earl’ hard white winter wheat. Journal of Plant Registrations 11:275-280.

Garland-Campbell, K., A.H. Carter, S.S. Jones, X. Chen, P. DeMacon, R. Higginbotham, D. Engle, S.O. Guy, C.C. Mundt, T.D. Murray, C.F. Morris, and D. See. 2017. Registration of ‘Pritchett’ Soft White Winter Club Wheat. Journal of Plant Registrations 11:152-158.

Gizaw, S., K. Garland-Campbell, and A.H. Carter. 2016. Use of spectra reflectance for indirect selection of yield potential and stability in Pacific Northwest winter wheat. Field Crops Research 196:199-206

Gizaw S., K. Garland-Campbell, and A.H. Carter. 2016. Evaluation of agronomic traits and spectral reflectance in Pacific Northwest winter wheat under rain-fed and irrigated conditions. Field Crops Research 196:168-179

Froese, P.S., and A.H. Carter. 2016. Single nucleotide polymorphisms in the wheat genome associated with tolerance of acidic soils and aluminum toxicity. Crop Science 56:1662-1677

Froese, P.S., and A.H. Carter. 2016. Quantitative Cephalosporium stripe disease resistance mapped in the wheat genome. Crop Science: 56:1586-1601

Kariyawasam, G., A.H. Carter, J. Rasmussen, J. Faris, S. Xu, M. Mergoum, and Z. Liu. 2016. Genetic relationships between race-nonspecific and race-specific interactions in the wheat-Pyrenophora tritici-repentis pathosystem. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 129:897-908

Carter, B.P., M.B. Galloway, G.S. Campbell, and A.H. Carter. 2016. Changes in the moisture permeability of grain at the critical water activity from dynamic dewpoint isotherms. ASABE Publications

Klarquist, E., X.M. Chen, and A.H. Carter. 2016. Novel QTL for stripe rust (Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici) resistance on chromosomes 4A and 6B from soft white winter wheat (Tricticum aestivum). Agronomy 6:4

Kuhn, J., T. Stubbs, and A.H. Carter. 2016. Effect of the Gpc-B1 allele in hard red winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) in the Pacific Northwest of the US. Crop Science 56:1009-1017

Khot, L.R., S. Sanakran, A.H. Carter, D.A. Johnson, and T.F. Cummings. 2016. UAS imaging-based decision tools for arid winter wheat and irrigated potato production management. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 37:125-137

Matute, M.M., A.H. Carter, and J. Sherman. 2015. Nematode composition and soil conditions in plots under a wheat crop in Colfax, Washington State. Journal of Agricultural Science 7:76-89

Sanakran, S., L.R. Khot, and A.H. Carter. 2015. Field-based crop phenotyping: Multispectral aerial imaging for rapid evaluation of winter wheat emergence and spring stand. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 118:372-379

Carter, B.P., M.B. Galloway, G.S. Campbell, and A.H. Carter. 2015. The critical water activity from dynamic dewpoint isotherms as an indicator of pre-mix powder stability. Journal of Food Measurement and Characterization 9:479-486

Sankaran, S., L.R. Khot, C.Z. Espinoza, S. Jarolmasjed, V.R. Sathuvalli, G.J. Vandemark, P.N. Miklas, A.H. Carter, M.O. Pumphrey, N.R. Knowles, M.J. Pavek. 2015. Low-altitude, high-resolution aerial imaging systems for row and field crop phenotyping: A review. European Journal of Agronomy (in press).

Carter, B.P., M.B. Galloway, C.F. Morris, G.L. Weaver, and A.H. Carter. 2015. The case for water activity as a specification for wheat tempering and flour production. Cereal Food World 60:166-170.

Sanakran, S., L.R. Khot, and A.H. Carter. 2015. Field-based crop phenotyping: Multispectral aerial imaging for rapid evaluation of winter wheat emergence and spring stand. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 118:372-379.

Carter, A.H., K.K. Kidwell, DeMacon, G.B. Shelton, R.W. Higginbotham, K.A. Balow, J. Hansen, X.M. Chen, D.A. Engle, B. Baik, and C.F. Morris. 2015. Registration of ‘Sprinter’ wheat. Journal of Plant Registrations 9:196-200.

Naruoka, Y., K.A. Garland-Campbell, and A.H. Carter. 2015. Genome-wide association mapping for stripe rust (Puccinia striiformis F. sp. tritici) in US Pacific Northwest winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Theoretical and Applied Genetics 128:1083-1101.

Carter, A.H., S.S. Jones, X. Cai, S.R. Lyon, K.A. Balow, G.B. Shelton, R.W. Higginbotham, X.M. Chen, D.A. Engle, B. Baik, S.O. Guy, T.D. Murray, and C.F. Morris. 2014. Registration of ‘Puma’ wheat. Journal of Plant Registrations 8:273-278.

Squires, C.C. and A.H. Carter. 2014. A less lethal sodium hydroxide test for determining seed coat color in wheat. Seed Science and Technology 42:274-278.

Squires, C.C., D.R. See, and A.H. Carter. 2014. Sources of seed coat color variation in certified wheat seed. Seed Science and Technology 42:247-259.

Higginbotham, R., P. Froese, and A.H. Carter. 2014. Tolerance of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) seedlings to wireworm (Coleoptera: Elateridae). Journal of Economic Entomology 107:833-837.

Case, A.J., D.Z. Skinner, K.A. Garland-Campbell, and  A.H. Carter. 2014. Freezing tolerance-associated QTL in the Brundage x Coda wheat recombinant inbred line population.  Crop Science 54:982-992.

Carter, A.H., S.E. Cambron, H.W. Ohm, N. Bosque-Pèrez, and K.K. Kidwell. 2014. Identifying molecular markers associated with Hessian fly (Mayetiola destructor [Say]) resistance in the spring wheat (Tricitum aestivum) cultivar ‘Louise’. Crop Science 54:1-11.

Case, A.J., Y. Naruoka, X. Chen, K.A. Garland-Campbell, R.S. Zemetra, and A.H. Carter. 2014. Mapping stripe rust resistance genes in a BrundageXCoda winter wheat population.PlosONE 9(3):e91758 doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0091758.

Carter, A.H., S.S. Jones, G.B. Shelton, R. Higginbotham, S. Lyon, K. Balow, S. Guy, B. Baik, D.A. Engle, C. Morris, and X.M. Chen. 2013. Registration of ‘Otto’ wheat.  Journal of Plant Registrations 7:195-200.

Higginbotham, R., S.S. Jones, and  A.H. Carter. 2013. Wheat cultivar performance and stability between no-till and conventional tillage systems in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Sustainability 5:882-895.

Cavanagh, C.R., S. Chao, S. Wang, B.E. Huang, S. Stephen, S. Kiani, K. Forrest, C. Saintenac, G.L. Brown-Guedira, A. Akhunov, D. See, G. Bai, M. Pumphrey, L. Tomar, D. Wong, S. Kong, M. Reynolds, M. Lopez da Silva, H. Bockelman, L. Talbert, J.A. Anderson, S. Dreisigacker, P.S. Baenziger, A. Carter, V. Korzum, P.L. Morrell, J. Dubcovsky, M.K. Morell, M.E. Sorrells, M. Hayden, and E. Akhunov. 2013. Genome-wide comparative diversity uncovers multiple targets of selection for improvement in hexaploid wheat landraces and cultivars. Proc Natl Acad Sci 100:8057-8062 doi:10.1073/pnas.1217133110.

Murphy, K.M., A.H. Carter, and S.S. Jones. 2013. Evolutionary breeding and climate change. Chapter 9, pp 377-389. In C. Kole ed, Genomics and Breeding for Climate-Resilient Crops, Vol. 1 Concepts and Strategies. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

 

 

 

More Publications (pdf)

News Articles

Seedworld “Secrets to Success from the Next Generation”, October 2018

Known as the father of the Green Revolution, Norman Borlaug saved millions of lives throughout the world by developing high-yielding wheat varieties during the mid-20th century. He was also known for training large numbers of young people, whom he referred to as “hunger fighters,” to follow in his footsteps.

Undergraduate Research Intern Jessica Hartman Wins Crimson Award at 2018 SURCA for Work in Remote Sensing

Of the 256 Washington State University students accepted to present 213 posters at the seventh annual Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) event April 2, 54 took home 44 awards for their top presentations across eight categories.

Dr. Carter speaks at The Ohio State University 2018 Plant Sciences Symposium

How can interdisciplinary approaches improve growers’ profitability?

The first annual Plant Sciences Symposium at The Ohio State University will address this question and more April 6-7at the Shisler Conference Center in Wooster.

Dryland Partnership Pays Off with Record-Breaking Wheat Contest Win

For more than a hundred years, Washington State University wheat breeders have worked side-by-side with Washington’s dryland farmers to develop new wheat varieties that thrive in the state’s driest regions.

Two WSU Wheat Scientists Named Vogel Endowed Chairs

LIND, Wash. – Washington State University’s two leading wheat breeders will advance the state’s $1 billion wheat industry as co-recipients of the O.A. Vogel Endowed Chair in Wheat Breeding and Genetics.

CAHNRS Faculty Feature: Arron Carter

We asked several CAHNRS Ambassadors, excellent students who love WSU and their college, to name their favorite professors. And now we’re featuring those nominated educators in this weekly series.

 

Today we’re showcasing Arron Carter, professor and director of the WSU Winter Wheat Breeding program.

Making Breeders Look Good (pdf)

It’s breeders who get the accolades for releasing a superior new variety, but to paraphrase an old proverb, “Behind every great plant breeder stands a great technician.” Or in my case, multiple technicians.

Although the goal of most plant breeding programs is to develop and release new varieties, there are multiple objectives that must be accomplished before that happens. In the winter wheat breeding program at Washington State University (WSU), our overarching objective is to release cultivars that lead to sustainable wheat production in Washington.

Inspiring Teamwork

When Arron Carter, the director of the Washington State University Winter Wheat Breeding Program, was in high school his agricultural teacher had a ’69 Corvette Stingray. Every year this teacher would let his favorite senior take the car to senior prom. Carter had never taken an agriculture class before, but he knew he wanted to drive that car.

Released Cultivars

Winter wheat breeding team standing in front of a wheat field

Podcasts

Washington Grain Commission Podcast “Wheat All About It!”

WSU Wheat Beat Podcast

Seedworld Podcast

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