P. Stephen Baenziger


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

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P. Stephen Baenziger

Professor Emeritus and Wheat Growers Presidential Chair

Area of Expertise: Plant Breeding and Genetics

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

Plant Breeding and Genetics of Small Grains (Wheat, Barley and Triticale)

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.

Former Students

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.

  • Self-Pollinated Crop Breeding, AGRO 815A
  • Germplasm and Genes, AGRO 815B
  • Backstop for Cross-Pollinated Crop Breeding, AGRO 815D


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Publications in Referreed Journals

  • Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST). 2017. Plant Breeding and Genetics—A paper in the series on The Need for Agricultural Innovation to Sustainably Feed the World by 2050. Issue Paper 57. CAST, Ames, Iowa. Writing Committee: P.S. Baenziger and R. H. Mumm (Cochairs), R. Bernardo, E.C. Brummer, P. Langridge, P. Simon, and S. Smith. CAST Liaison: W. Srnic
  • Frels, K., M. Guttieri, B. Joyce, B. Levitt, P. S. Baenziger. 2018. Evaluating canopy spectral reflectance vegetation indices to estimate nitrogen use traits in hard winter wheat. Field Crops Res. 217: 82-92.
  • Mourad, A. M.I., A. Sallam, V. Belamkar, S. Wegulo, R. Bowden, Y. Jin, E. Mahdy, B. Bakheit, A. A. El-Wafaa, J. Poland, and P. S. Baenziger. 2018. Genome-Wide Association Study for Identification and Validation of Novel SNP Markers for Sr6 Stem Rust Resistance Gene in Bread Wheat. Front. Plant Sci. 9:380. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2018.00380
  • Belamkar, V., M. J. Guttieri, W. Hussain, D. Jarquín, I. S.El-basyoni, J. Poland, A. J Lorenz, P. S. Baenziger. 2018. Genomic Selection in Preliminary Yield Trials in a Winter Wheat Breeding Program. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics 8:2735-2747. https://doi.org/10.1534/g3.118.200415
  • Liu, C., M. J. Guttieri, B. M. Waters, K. M Eskridge, and P. S. Baenziger. 2019. Selection of bread wheat for low grain cadmium concentration at the seedling stage using hydroponics versus molecular makers. Crop Sci. 59: 945-956.