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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

(2016-2020)

  1. Horgan, A., K.A. Garland-Campbell, A.H. Carter, and C.M. Steber. 2020. Genotypic effects on seedling elongation responses to GA seed treatments in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Agrosystems, Geosciences, and Environment In revision
  2. Lozada, D.N., A.H. Carter, and R.E. Mason. 2020. Unlocking yield potential of wheat: influence of major growth habit and adaptation genes. Crop Breeding, Genetics and Genomics In revision
  3. Sandhu, K.S., D.N. Lozada, Z. Zhang, M.O. Pumphrey, and A.H. Carter. 2020. Deep learning for predicting complex traits in spring wheat. Frontiers in Plant Science Early View doi:10.3389/fpls.2020.613325
  4. Strauss, N.M., A. Wiersma, P. DeMacon, E. Klarquist, A.H. Carter, K.A. Garland-Campbell, and E. Olson. 2020. Registration of the Wheat D-Genome Nested Association Mapping Population. Journal of Plant Registrations Early View doi:10.1002/plr2.20078
  5. Gill, K.S., N. Kumar, H.S. Randhawa, K. Murphy, A.H. Carter, C.F. Morris, R.W. Higginbotham, D.A. Engle, S.O. Guy, D. Lyon, T.D. Murray, X.M.Chen, and W.F. Schillinger. 2020. Registration of ‘Resilience CL+’ soft white winter wheat. Journal of Plant Registrations Early View doi:10.1002/plr2.20118
  6. Carter, A.H., K.A. Balow, G.B. Shelton, A.B. Burke, K.E. Hagemeyer, A. Stowe, J. Worapong, R.W. Higginbotham, X.M. Chen, D.A. Engle, T.D. Murray, and C.F. Morris. 2020. Registration of ‘Stingray CL+’ soft white winter wheat. Journal of Plant Registrations Early View doi:10.1002/plr2.20109
  7. Carter, A.H., KA. Balow, G.B. Shelton, A.B. Burke, K.E. Hagemeyer, A. Stowe, J. Worapong, R.W. Higginbotham, X.M. Chen, D.A. Engle, T.D. Murray, and C.F. Morris. 2020. Registration of ‘Devote’ soft white winter wheat. Journal of Plant Registrations Early View doi:10.1002/plr2.20079
  8. Carter, A.H., K.A. Balow, G.B. Shelton, A.B. Burke, K.E. Hagemeyer, A. Stowe, J. Worapong, R.W. Higginbotham, X.M. Chen, D.A. Engle, T.D. Murray,  and C.F. Morris. 2020. Registration of ‘Scorpio’ hard red winter wheat. Journal of Plant Registrations Early View doi:10.1002/plr2.20076
  9. Merrick, L.F., S.R. Lyon, K.A. Balow, K.M. Murphy, S.S. Jones, and A.H. Carter. 2020. Evolutionary plant breeding in a conventional winter wheat breeding program. Sustainability 12:9728. doi:10.3390/su12229728
  10. Sjoberg, S.M., A.H. Carter, C. Steber, and K.A. Garland-Campbell. 2020. Application of the factor analytic model to assess wheat falling number performance and stability in multi-environment trials. Crop Science Early View doi:10.1002/csc2.20293
  11. Sjoberg, S.M., A.H. Carter, C.M. Steber, and K.A. Garland-Campbell. 2020. Unravelling complex traits in wheat: approaches for analyzing genotype by environment interactions in a multi-environment study of falling numbers. Crop Science 60:3013-3026 doi:1002/csc2.20133
  12. Kruse, E.B., S. Revolinski, J. Aplin, D.Z. Skinner, T.D. Murray, C. Edwards, and A.H. Carter. 2020. Gene Expression and Carbohydrate Accumulation in Winter Wheat Lines with Different Levels of Snow Mold and Freezing Cold Tolerance. Plants 9:1416 doi:10.3390/plants9111416
  13. Carter, A.H., R.E, Allan, G. Shelton, A. Burke, K. Balow, K. Hagemeyer, X.M. Chen, D. Engle, K.A. Garland-Campbell, C. Morris, T. Murray, T. Paulitz, S.J. Clare, and E.F. Klarquist. 2020. How ‘Madsen’ has shaped Pacific Northwest wheat and beyond. Journal of Plant Registrations 14:223-233 doi:10.1002/plr2.20049 Selected featured article in the September 2020 CSA News
  14. Carter, A.H., B.B. Rath, E.P. Gorzkowski, and S.B. Qadri. 2020. Evaluation of Silica content in winter wheat chaff. Agriculture and Environmental Letters 5:e20025 doi:10.1002/ael2.20025
  15. Lozada, D.N., B.P. Ward, and A.H. Carter. 2020. Gains through selection for grain yield in a winter wheat breeding program. PLoS ONE 15(4):e0221603 doi:10.1370/journal.pone.0221603
  16. Carter, A.H., K.K. Kidwell, V. DeMacon, G. Shelton, A. Burke, K. Balow, and A. Herr. 2020. Registration of ‘Louise’/‘Penawawa’ Spring Wheat Recombinant Inbred Line Mapping Population. Journal of Plant Registrations 14:474-480 doi:10.1002/plr2.20077
  17. Carter, A.H., K.A. Balow, G.B. Shelton, A.B. Burke, K. Hagemeyer, J. Worapong, R.W. Higginbotham, X.M. Chen, D.A. Engle, T.D. Murray, and C.F. Morris. 2020. Registration of ‘Purl’ soft white winter wheat. Journal of Plant Registrations 14:398-405 doi:10.1002/plr2.20069
  18. Gill, K.S., N. Kumar, H.S. Randhawa, A.H.Carter, J. Yenish, C.F. Morris, B. Baik, R.W. Higginbotham, S.O. Guy, D.A. Engle, X.M. Chen, T.D. Murray, I.C. Burke, and D. Lyon. 2020. Registration of ‘Curiosity CL+’ soft white winter wheat. Journal of Plant Registrations 14:377-387 doi:10.1002/plr2.20066
  19. Gill, K.S., N. Kumar, H.S. Randhawa, A.H. Carter, J. Yenish, C.F. Morris, B-K Baik, R.W. Higginbotham, S.O. Guy, D.A. Engle, X.M. Chen, T.D. Murray, and D. Lyon. 2020. Registration of ‘Mela CL+’ soft white winter wheat. Journal of Plant Registrations 14:144-152 doi:10.1002/plr2.20006
  20. Lozada, D.N., and A.H. Carter. 2020. Genomic selection in winter wheat breeding using a recommender approach. Genes 11:779 doi:10.3390/genes11070779
  21. Lozada, D.N., and A.H. Carter. 2020. Insights into the genetic architecture of phenotypic stability traits in winter wheat. Agronomy 10:368 doi:10.3390/agronomy10030368
  22. Nazarov, T., X. Chen, A. Carter, and D. See. 2020. Fine mapping of high-temperature adult-plant resistance to stripe rust in wheat cultivar Louise. Journal of Plant Protection Research 60:126-133 doi:10.24425/jppr.2020.132213
  23. Faris, F., M.E. Overlander, G.K. Kariyawasam, A.H. Carter, S.S. Xu, and Z. Liu. 2020. Identification of a major dominant gene for race-nonspecific tan spot resistance in wild emmer wheat. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 133:829-841 doi:1007/s00122-019-03509-8
  24. Lozada, D.N., J.V. Godoy, B.P. Ward, and A.H. Carter. 2019. Genomic prediction and indirect selection for grain yield in US Pacific Northwest winter wheat using spectral reflectance indices from high-throughput phenotyping. International Journal of Molecular Science 21:165 org/10.3390/ijms21010165
  25. Kruse, E.B., K. Klos, J. Marshall, T.D. Murray, B.P. Ward, and A.H. Carter. 2019. Evaluating marker assisted selection in breeding for tolerance to snow mold in winter wheat. Agrosystems, Geosciences, and Environment 2:190059 doi:10.2134/age2019.07.0059
  26. Lozada, D.N., J.V. Godoy, T.D. Murray, B.P. Ward, and A.H. Carter.  2019. Genetic dissection of snow mold tolerance in US Pacific Northwest winter wheat through genome-wide association study and genomic selection. Frontiers in Plant Science 29 October 2019 org/10.3389/fpls.2019.01337
  27. Dixon, L.S., J.V. Godoy, and A.H. Carter. 2019. Evaluating the utility of carbon isotope discrimination as a selection criterion for wheat cultivar development. Plant Phenomics Volume 2019, Article ID 4528719 doi.org/10.34133/2019/4528719
  28. 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. 2019. Registration of the Finch-Eltan Winter Wheat Recombinant Inbred Mapping Population. Journal of Plant Registrations 13:287-293 doi:10.3198/jpr2018.06.0040crmp
  29. Nielsen, N., T.L. Stubbs, K. Garland-Campbell, and A.H. Carter. 2019. Rapid estimation of wheat straw decomposition constituents using near-infrared spectroscopy. Agronomy 9(8):462 org/10.3390/agronomy9080462
  30. Dixon, L.S. and A.H. Carter. 2019. Toward a new use for carbon isotope discrimination in wheat breeding. Agronomy 9(7), 385 doi:10.3390/agronomy9070385
  31. Fitria, H. Ruan, S.C. Fransen, A.H. Carter, H. Tao, and B. Yan. 2019. Selecting winter wheat straw for cellulosic ethanol production in Pacific Northwest, USA. Biomass and Bioenergy 123:59-69 doi:1016/j.biombioe.2019.02.012
  32. 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
  33. 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 58:1-13 doi:10.2135/cropsci 2017.11.0690
  34. 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
  35. Godoy, J., S. Gizaw, S. Chao, N. Blake, A. Carter, R. Cuthbert, J. Dubcovsky, P. Hucl, K. Kephart, C. Pozniak, P.W. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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 Selected featured article in the May 2018 CSA News
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. 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) by genome-wide association and linkage mapping. Plant Genome 11:170087. doi:10.3835/plantgenome2017.10.0087
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. 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
  48. 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
  49. Gizaw, S., K. Garland-Campbell, and A.H. Carter. 2016. Use of spectral reflectance for indirect selection of yield potential and stability in Pacific Northwest winter wheat. Field Crops Research 196:199-206
  50. 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
  51. 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
  52. Froese, P.S., T.D. Murray, and A.H. Carter. 2016. Quantitative Cephalosporium stripe disease resistance mapped in the wheat genome. Crop Science: 56:1586-1601
  53. 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
  54. 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. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers 59:1023-1028
  55. Klarquist, E., X.M. Chen, and A.H. Carter. 2016. Novel QTL for stripe rust (Puccinia striiformis f. s tritici) resistance on chromosomes 4A and 6B from soft white winter wheat (Tricticum aestivum). Agronomy 6:4
  56. Kuhn, J., T. Stubbs, and A.H. Carter. 2016. Effect of the Gpc-B1 allele in hard red winter wheat (Triticum aestivum) in the Pacific Northwest of the US. Crop Science 56:1009-1017
  57. Khot, L.R., S. Sankaran, 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

 

More Publications (pdf)

News Articles

Giving Rust a Rest

Arron Carter and his breeding program provide the first line of defense in the high-stakes battle against stripe rust—the number one threat to wheat.

The fungal pathogen that causes stripe rust is ubiquitous in wheat-growing regions. Its airborne spores can ride the wind for miles upon miles. When conditions are right, it grows quickly, sucking water and nutrients out of the leaves and crippling a plant’s ability to produce healthy seeds.

Game Changer: Advances in Molecular Technology Open New Doors in Breeding 

Molecular technology has been rapidly changing in the past 20 years, making my job as Washington State University’s winter wheat breeder more complicated and more streamlined simultaneously.

There are many different aspects of “molecular technology.” Manipulating genetic material and cellular process is part of it, but so are innovations in computational and manufacturing technology.

CAHNRS Faculty Friday – 2019

 

Images from Space Could Help Farmers Grow Better Wheat Varieties

Helping feed a growing world more sustainably, a team of researchers at Washington State University is putting satellites and drones to work in the hunt for better wheat varieties.

Funded by a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, WSU scientists launched a new project this spring, developing techniques that let satellites and flying drones identify and study wheat varieties from overhead.

Their effort could speed up research into better, more productive wheat varieties, and could give growers powerful new tools to improve farming.

Secrets to Success from the Next Generation

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.

Nine years after his death, we sat down with a few of these modern hunger-fighters during the recent 2018 National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB) meeting in Guelph, Ontario. These eight individuals comprise this year’s Borlaug Scholars, young people who represent the next generation of plant breeding leaders.

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