P. Stephen Baenziger

P. Stephen Baenziger


·Small Grains Breeding
·Distance Education Courses
·Stephen Baenziger @Huskerwheat (Twitter)

P. Stephen Baenziger

Professor and Wheat Growers Presidential Chair

B.A., Biochemical Sciences, magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1972

M.S., Plant Breeding and Genetics, Purdue University, 1975

Ph.D., Plant Breeding and Genetics, Purdue University, 1975

Area of Focus

Small Grains Breeding and Genetics

Teaching Interests

I am the primary instructor for Agronomy 815A, and B, two of three modules that comprise Introduction to Plant Breeding. These modules are the first graduate level courses that many plant breeding students will take and may be the only course that students in collateral fields will take. I am keenly interested in using web based technology to teach my course in traditional and nontraditional ways. I am also the primary instructor for a one credit module on advanced plant breeding topics and for the last two years have taught an AGRI/NRES 103 recitation to be more involved in undergraduate teaching.

Research Interests

I am the primary small grains breeder at the University of Nebraska. Cultivar and germplasm development are the main goals of the program. Developing improved breeding methodology, emphasizing on biotic and abiotic stress tolerance, and the use of biotechnology are two of my basic research goals.

Extension Interests

Supporting the wheat, barley, and triticale industry of Nebraska.

Other Interests

Interested in international agriculture and helping humankind in developing and developed countries. Can speak some French.

Major Project Activities

My major emphasis is on small grains cultivar development. As such, I test lines throughout Nebraska to determine their agronomic worth and in collaboration with others, their end-use quality. In addition, I have projects on transgene inheritance in wheat, germplasm evaluation and utilization, understanding wheat yield and agronomic performance using unique cytogenetic tools and molecular markers, and determining the genetic components that may be of value in future global climate change scenarios. My project is also committed to agriculture sustainability and profitability.

Wheat Sustainability - critical for our future, featuring Dr. Stephen Baenzinger. Video produced by the Nebraska Wheat Board

One-Credit Modules Taught

The following courses are taught as resident and distance education courses. The instructor is keenly interested in using web-based technology to teach his course in traditional and nontraditional ways.

Courses Taught


  • Baenziger, P. S., J. W. Schmidt, C. J. Peterson, V. A. Johnson, P. J. Mattern, A. F. Dreier, D.V. McVey, and J. H. Hatchett. 1989. Registration of 'Arapahoe' wheat. Crop Sci. 29:832.
  • Rybczynski, J. J., R. L. Simonson, and P. S. Baenziger. 1991. Evidence for microspore embryogenesis in wheat anther culture. In Vitro Cell. Dev. Biol. 27P:168 174.
  • Berke, T. G., P. S. Baenziger, and R. Morris. 1992. Locations of wheat quantitative trait loci affecting stability of six traits using reciprocal chromosome substitutions. Crop Sci. 32: 628 633. 
  • Campbell, B. T., P. S. Baenziger, K. S. Gill, K. M. Eskridge, H. Budak, M. Erayman, I. Dweikat, and Y. Yen. 2003. Indentification of QTLs and Environmental Interactions Associated with Agronomic Traits on the Chromosome 3A of Wheat. Crop Sci. 43: 1493-1505. 
  • Erayman, Mustafa, Devinder Sandhu, Deepak Sidhu, Muharrem Dilbirligi, P. S. Baenziger, and Kulvinder S. Gill. 2004. Demarcating the gene-rich regions of the wheat genome. Nucl. Acids. Res. 32: 3546-3565. 
  • Baenziger, P. S., W. K. Russell, G. L. Graef, and B. T. Campbell. 2006. Improving lives: 50 years of crop breeding, genetics and cytology (C-1). Crop Sci.46: 2230-2244.
  • Dilbirligi, M., M. Erayman, B. T. Campbell, H. S. Randhawa, P. S. Baenziger, I. Dweikat, K. S. Gill. 2006. High-density mapping and comparative analysis of agronomically important traits on wheat chromosome 3A. Genomics 88:74-87. 
  • Baenziger, P.S., B. Beecher, R.A. Graybosch, A. M. H. Ibrahim, D.D. Baltensperger, L.A. Nelson, Y. Jin, S. N. Wegulo, J.E. Watkins, J. H. Hatchett, Ming-Shun Chen, and Guihua Bai. 2008. Registration of 'NE01643' wheat. J. Plant Registrations 2: 36-42.  
  • Mengistu, N. P. S. Baenziger, L.A. Nelson, K.M. Eskridge, R. N. Klein, D. D. Baltensperger, and R. W. Elmore. 2010. Grain yield performance and stability of cultivar blends vs. component cultivars of hard winter wheat in Nebraska. Crop Sci. 50: 617-623.
  • Mi, Xiajuan, Kent Eskridge, Dong Wang, P. Stephen Baenziger, B. Todd Campbell, Kulvinder S. Gill, and Ismail Dweikat. Bayesian mixture structural equation modeling in multiple-trait QTL mapping. Genetics Research Cambridge. 92:239-250. 
  • Baenziger P. S., I. Salah , R. S. Little, D. K. Santra, T. Regassa, M. Y. Wang. Structuring an efficient organic wheat breeding program. Sustainability. 2011; 3(8):1190-1206. 
  • Mengistu, N., P. S. Baenziger, K. M. Eskridge, I. Dweikat, S. N. Wegulo, K. S. Gill, and A. Mujeeb-Kazi. 2012. Validation of QTL for grain yield-related traits on wheat chromosome 3a using recombinant inbred chromosome lines. Crop Sci. 52: 1622-1632. 
  • Nilthong, S., R. A. Graybosch, and P. S. Baenziger. 2012. Inheritance of grain polyphenol oxidase (PPO) activity in multiple wheat (Triticaum aestivum L.) genetic backgrounds. Theor. Appl. Genet. 125:1705-15. 
  • Fisk, S., A. Cuesta-Marcos, L. Cistue, J. Russell, K. Smith, P. Baenziger, Z. Bedo, A. Corey, T. Filichkin, I. Karsai, R. Waugh, and P. Hayes. 2013. FR-H3: A new QTL to assist in the development of fall-sown barley with superior low temperature tolerance. Theor. Appl. Genet. 126:335-347. 
  • Bakhsh, A. N. Mengistu, P. S. Baenziger, I. Dweikat, S. N. Wegulo, D. Rose, G. Bai, and K.M. Eskridge. 2013. Effect of Fusarium head blight (FHB) resistance gene Fhb1 on agrnomic and end-use quality traits of hard red witner wheat. Crop Sci. 53:793-801. 
  • Placido, D., M. Capmpbell, J. Jin, X. Cui, G. R. Kruger, P. S. Baenziger, and H. Walia. 2013. Introgression of novel traits froma wild wheat relativeimporves drought adaptation in wheat (Triticum aestivum). Plant Physiology 116: 1806-1819. 
  • Cavanagh, C. R., S. Chao, S. Wang, B. E. huang, S. Stephen, S. Kiani, K. Forrest, C. Saintenac, G. L. Brown-Guedira, A. Akhunova, 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, S. Baenziger, A. Carter, V. Korzun, P. L. Morrell, J. Dubcovsky, M. K. Morell, M. E. Sorrells, M. J. 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. USA. 110: 8057-8062. 
  • El-basyoni, I., P. S. Baenziger , I. Dweikat I., D. Wang , K. M. Eskridge and M. Saadalla. 2013. Using DArT markers to monitor genetic diversity throughout selection: A case Study in Nebraska's winter wheat breeding nurseries. Crop Science, Accepted. 
  • Rustgi, S., M. N. Shafqat, N. Kumar1, P. S. Baenziger, M. L. Ali, I. Dweikat, B. T. Campbell, and K.S. Gill. 2013. Genetic dissection of yield and its component traits using high-density composite map of wheat chromosome 3A: bridging gaps between QTLs and underlying genes. PLoS ONE 8(7): e70526. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0070526.

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