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G. Francois Marais

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Office: Loftsgard Hall 266H
Phone: (701) 231-8155
E-mail: Gideon.Marais@ndsu.edu

Professor
Hard Red Winter Wheat Breeding, Genetics

Hard Red Winter Wheat Breeding Website

The hard red winter wheat breeding and genetics program focuses on the development of new winter wheat varieties that are adapted to the northern Prairies and have improved winter-hardiness, disease resistance, yield and processing quality. Additionally, it conducts supporting research aimed at the acquisition, evaluation and transfer of a broad range of disease and pest resistance genes into the HRWW breeding pool.

Teaching Responsibilities

Education

  • PhD 1992, Genetics, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • PhD 1979, Cereal Technology, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • MSc Agric 1976, Genetics, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • BSc Hons Agric 1974, Genetics, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • BSc Agric 1972, Genetics/Biometry, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Professional Experience

  • 2017 - present: Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • 2010 - 2017: Associate Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • 2009 - 2010: Volunteer worker/visiting scientist, Cereal Research Centre, Winnipeg, Canada
  • 2004 - 2008: Professor, Dept. of Genetics, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • 1996 - 2004: Professor, Chairman, Dept. of Genetics, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • 1993 - 1996: Associate Professor, Dept. of Genetics, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • 1986 - 1993: Chief Researcher, Dept. of Genetics, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • 1982 - 1986: Spring Wheat Breeder, Small Grain Institute Sub Centre, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • 1979 - 1982: Wheat Breeder, Small Grain Institute, Bethlehem
  • 1977 - 1979: Graduate Student, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • 1972 - 1976: Professional Officer, Dept. Agric Tech Services, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Professional Affiliation

  • American Society of Agronomy
  • Crop Science Society of America

Recent Publications

  • Somo, M., Mostafa Pirseyedi, S., Cai, X., Chao, S. and Marais, F. (2016). Characterization of modified Lr62 translocations. Submitted.
  • Somo, M., Mostafa Pirseyedi, S., Cai, X., Sharma Poudel, R., Chao, S. and Marais, F. (2016). Mapping of Lr56 translocation recombinants in wheat. Submitted.
  • McCallum, B.D., Hiebert, C.W., Cloutier, S., Bakkeren, G., Rosa, S.B., Humphreys, D.G., Marais, G.F., McCartney, C.A., Panwar, V., Rampitsch, C., Saville, B.J. and Wang, X. (2016). A review of wheat leaf rust research and the development of resistant cultivars in Canada. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, DOI 10.1080/07060661.2016.1145598.
  • Liu, Z., El-Basyoni, I., Kariyawasam, G., Zhang, G., Fritz, A., Hansen, J.M., Marais, F., Friskop, A.J., Chao, S., Akhunov, E., and Baenziger, P.S. (2015). Evaluation and association mapping of resistance to tan spot and Stagonospora nodorum blotch in adapted winter wheat germplasm. Plant Disease 99:1333-1341; DOI:10.1094/PDIS-11-14-1131-RE .
  • Pirseyedi, S.-M., Somo, M., Sharma Poudel, R., Cai, X., McCallum, B., Saville, B., Fetch, T., Chao, S., and Marais, F. (2015). Characterization of recombinants of the Aegilops peregrina‑derived Lr59 translocation of common wheat. Theor Appl Genet 128: 2403-2414. DOI 10.1007/s00122-015-2594-x.
  • Eckard, J.T., Gonzalez-Hernandez, J.L., Caffe, M., Berzonsky, W., Bockus, W.W., Marais, G.F., and Baenziger, P.S. (2015). Native Fusarium head blight resistance from winter wheat cultivars ‘Lyman,’ ‘Overland,’ ‘Ernie,’ and ‘Freedom’ mapped and pyramided onto ‘Wesley’-Fhb1 backgrounds. Mol Breeding 35:6. DOI 10.1007/s11032-015-0200-1.
  • Marais, F., Simsek, S., Sharma Poudel, R., Cookman, D., and Somo, M. (2014). Development of hexaploid (AABBJJ) tritipyrums with rearranged Thinopyrum distichum (Thunb.) Á Löve-derived genomes. Crop Sci. 54: 2619–2630. doi: 10.2135/cropsci.02.0106
  • Somo, M., Chao, S., Acevedo, M., Zurn, J., Cai, X., and Marais, F. (2014). A genomic comparison of homoeologous recombinants of the Lr19 (T4) Translocation in Wheat. Crop Science 54: 565-575. doi: 10.2135/cropsci2013.06.0367
  • ·Wang, X., McCallum, B.D., Fetch Jr., T.G., Bakkeren, G., Marais, G.F., and Saville, B. (2013). Comparative microscopic and molecular analysis of Thatcher near-isogenic lines with wheat leaf rust resistance genes Lr2a, Lr3, LrB or Lr9 upon challenge with different Puccinia triticina races. Plant Pathology 62: 698-707. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3059.2012.02660.x
  • Heyns, I., Pretorius, Z. and Marais, F. (2011). Derivation and characterization of recombinants of the Lr54/Yr37 translocation in common wheat. The Open Plant Science Journal 5:1-8.
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