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Dr. Ian Cristofer Burke

Ian Burke

Professor of Weed Science

Department of Crop and Soil Sciences
PO Box 646420
Pullman WA 99164-6420 USA
Phone: 509-335-2858

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


2012-Present, Associate Professor, Department of Crop and Soil Science, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.
2006-2012, Assistant Professor, Department of Crop and Soil Science, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.
2005-2006, Postdoctoral Research Associate, USDA-ARS Southern Weed Science Research Unit, Stoneville, Mississippi.

Ph.D., Weed Science, 2005, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.
M.S., Weed Science, 2002, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.
B.S., Biology, 1996, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA.


Outstanding Young Weed Scientist, Weed Science Society of America, 2015.
Excellence in Research, College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resources, 2011.
Outstanding Weed Scientist, Early Career, Western Society of Weed Science, 2010.
Outstanding Ph.D. Graduate Student Award, Southern Weed Science Society, 2005.
Outstanding Ph.D. Graduate Student Award, Weed Science Society of North Carolina, 2005.
Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Weed Science Society of America, 2003.


Total amount funded: $15,995,633
Total amount received in program: $2,165,267

Teaching and Mentoring

Graduate Students, Completed: 7
Graduate Students, Current: 5


Total Refereed Publications, In Print or In Press: 65
Burke, I. C. h-index = 19

Aramrack, A., K.K. Kidwell, C.M. Steber, and I.C. Burke. 2015. Molecular and phylogenetic characterization of the homoeologous EPSP Synthase genes of allohexaploid wheat, Triticum aestivum (L.). BMC Genomics (10.1186/s12864-015-2084-1).

Lawrence, N.C., J.L. Bell, and I.C. Burke. 2015. Influence of application method and chemical form on the absorption and translocation of aminocyclopyrachlor in Juglans nigra. Weed. Sci. (10.1614/WS-D-15-00044.1).

Young, F.L., D.K. Whaley, N.C. Lawrence, and I.C. Burke. 2015. Feral rye (Secale cereale) control in winter wheat in the Pacific Northwest. Weed Technol (10.1614/WT-D-015000109.1).

Park, E.Y. B.K. Baik, P.R. Miller, I.C. Burke, E.A. Wegner, N.E. Tautges, C. Morris, and E.P. Fuerst. 2015. Functional and nutritional characteristics of wheat grown in organic and conventional cropping systems. Cereal Chem. 92:504-512.

Wayman, S., C. Cogger, C. Benedict, D. Collins, I.C. Burke, and A. Bary. 2015. Cover crop effects on light, nitrogen, and weeds in organic reduced tillage. Agroecology and Sust. Food Sys. (10.1080/21683565.2015.10118398).

Bell, J.A. and I.C. Burke. 2015. Genetic and biochemical evaluation of natural rubber from eastern Washington prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola L.). J. Agric. Food Chem. 63:593-602.

Lawrence, N. and I.C. Burke. 2014. Control of rattail fescue with pyroxasulfone and pyroxsulam systems. Weed Technol. (10.1614/WT-D-13-00156.1)

Borrelli, K., R. Koenig, I.C. Burke, R. Gallagher, D. Pittmann, A. Snyder, and E.P. Fuerst. 2014. Transition cropping system impacts on organic wheat yield and quality. Renew. Ag Food Sys. (10.1017/S1742170514000283).

Wayman, S., C. Cogger, D. Collins, C. Benedict, I.C. Burke, and A. Bary. 2014. The influence of cover crop variety, termination timing, and termination method on mulch, weed cover, and soil nitrate in organic reduced-tillage. Ren. Ag. And Food Sys. (10.1017/S1742170514000246).

Guy, S.O., D.J. Wysocki, W.F. Schillinger, T.G. Chastain, R.S. Karow, K. Garland-Campbell, and I.C. Burke. 2014. Camelina: adaptation and performance of genotypes. Field Crops Res. 155:224-232.

Smitchger, J., I.C. Burke, and J.P. Yenish. 2012. The critical period of weed control in chickpea. Weed Sci. 60:81-85.

Walsh, D.T., E.M. Babiker, I.C. Burke, and S.H. Hulbert. 2012. Camelina mutants resistant to acetolactate synthase inhibitor herbicides. Mol. Breeding 30:1053-1063.

Felix, J., R. Boydston, and I.C. Burke. 2012. Response of direct-seeded dry bulb onion to simulated glyphosate drift with variable rates. Weed Technol. 26:747-756.

Lee, H., S.E. Ulrich, I.C. Burke, J.P. Yenish, and T.C. Paulitz. 2012. Interactions between the root pathogen Rhizoctonia solani AG-8 and acetolactate-synthase-inhibiting herbicides in barley. Pest Manage. Sci. 68:845-852.

More Publications (pdf)

My research program at Washington State University is focused on basic aspects of weed biology and ecology with the goal of integrating such information into practical and economical methods of managing weeds in the environment. Currently, ongoing projects include:
• Physiological, biological and ecological studies on prickly lettuce, a common and troublesome weed in crops, range, and noncropland throughout the inland Pacific Northwest. Prickly lettuce is an invasive weed with wind dispersed seeds that crosses boundaries at multiple scales – from field borders to regional boundaries.
• Variation in phenology of downy brome, which is a key factor in the success of the species as an ecological invader of natural areas and competitor within agronomic fields. Prior research documented differing vernalization requirements of downy brome collected from different environments, but no previous work has characterized the connection between phenotypic responses and genotypic control of downy brome vernalization. As most variation in vernalization requirements of related species have been attributed to variation of the vernalization gene VRN1 quantifying the expression of a VRN1 orthologue in downy brome may help explain the genetic controls regulating downy brome phenology.
• Explore how differences in seed dormancy in downy brome contributes to extensive adaptability in dryland crop production areas in the inland PNW, specifically through delayed germination or germination at multiple times throughout a growing season.
• Herbicide fate as influenced by the unique inland Pacific Northwest soils. The unique Mediterranean like environment of the PNW, coupled with cool winter temperatures combine to cause herbicides to persist longer than in other small grain production regions.


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