P. Stephen Baenziger

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


Representative Publications since 2010

Refereed Journal Articles
  • Liakat Ali, M., P. Stephen Baenziger, Zakaria Al Ajlouni, B. Todd Campbell, K. S. Gill, K. M. Eskridge, A. Mujeeb-Kazi, and Ismail Dweikat. 2011. Mapping QTLs for yield and agronomic traits on wheat chromosome 3A and a comparison of recombinant inbred chromosome line populations. Crop Sci. 51:553-566.
  • Shiaoman Chao, Jorge Dubcovsky, Jan Dvorak, Ming-Cheng Luo, Stephen P Baenziger, Rustam Matnyazov, Dale R Clark, Luther E Talbert, James A Anderson, Susanne Dreisigacker, Karl Glover, Jianli Chen, Kim Campbell, Phil L Bruckner, Jackie C Rudd, Scott Haley, Brett F Carver, Sid Perry, Mark E Sorrells and Eduard D Akhunov. 2011. Population- and genome-specific patterns of linkage disequilibrium and SNP variation in spring and winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). BMC Genomics 11: 727-744.
  • Wegulo, S. N., M. V. Zwingman, J. A. Breathnach, and P. S. Baenziger. 2011. Economic returns from fungicide application to control foliar fungal diseases in winter wheat. Crop Prot. 30:685-692.
  • 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.
  • Placido, D., M. Capmpbell, J. Jin, X. Cui, G. R. Kruger, P. S. Baenziger, and H. Walia. 2013. Introgression of novel traits from a wild wheat relative improves 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 53:2363-2373.
  • 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.
  • Kumssa, T. T., P. S. Baenziger, M. N. Rouse, M Guttieri, I . Dweikat, G. Brown-Guedira, S. Williamson, R. A. Graybosch, S. N. Wegulo, A. J. Lorenz, and J. Poland. 2015. Characterization of stem rust resistance in wheat cultivar ‘Gage’. Crop Sci. 55:229-239.
  • Guttieri, M. J., P.S. Baenziger, K. Frels, B. Carver, B. Arnall, and B. Waters. 2015. Variation for Grain Mineral Concentration in a Diversity Panel of Current and Historical Great Plains Hard Winter Wheat Germplasm. Crop Sci. 55: 1035-1052.
  • Guttieri, M.J., P. S. Baenziger, K. Frels, B. Carver, B. Arnall, S. Wang, E. Akhunov, and B. M. Waters. 2015. Prospects for selecting wheat with increased zinc and decreased cadmium concentration in grain. Crop Sci. 55:1712-1728.
  • Lopes, M.S., I. El-Baysoni, P. S. Baenziger, S. Singh, C. Royo, K. Ozbek, H. Aktas, E. Ozer, F. Ozdemir, A. Manickavelu, T. Ban, and P. Vikram. 2015. Exploiting genetic diversity from landraces in wheat breeding for adaptation to climate change. J. Exp. Bot. 2015 : erv122v1-erv122 doi:10.1093/jxb/erv122
  • Fakthongphan, J., R.A. Graybosch and P.S. Baenziger. 2016. Combining Ability for Tolerance to Pre-Harvest Sprouting in Common Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Crop Sci. 56: 1025-1035.
  • Grogan, Sarah M., Josh Anderson, P. Stephen Baenziger, Katherine Frels, Mary J. Guttieri, Scott D. Haley, Ki-Seung Kim, Shuyu Liu, Gregory S. McMaster, Mark Newell, P. V. Vara Prasad, Scott D. Reid, Kyle J. Shroyer, Guorong Zhang, Eduard Akhunov and Patrick F. Byrne. 2016. Phenotypic Plasticity of Winter Wheat Heading Date and Grain Yield across the US Great Plains. Crop Sci.56: 2223-2236.
  • Bai, G., Y. Ge, W. Hussain, P.S. Baenziger, and G. Graef. 2016. A multi-sensor system for high throughput phenotyping in soybean and wheat. Computers and electronics in agriculture 128:181-192.
  • Kim, K.-S., J. D. Anderson, M. A Newell, S. M.Grogan, P.F. Byrne, P. S. Baenziger, and T. J. Butler. 2016. Genetic Diversity of Great Plains Hard Winter Wheat Germplasm for Forage. Crop Sci. 56: 2297-2305.
Issue Paper
  • Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST). 2017. The Need for Agricultural Innovation to Sustainably Feed the World by 2050: Plant Breeding and Genetics. Issue Paper 57. CAST, Ames, Iowa. I co-chaired the committee for this report.

Complete publication list (PDF file).