David Douches, Ph.D.

David Douches


Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

Professor; Director of MSU Potato Breeding and Genetics Program

Telephone: 517-884-6946
Fax: 517-353-5174

Plant and Soil Sciences Building
1066 Bogue Street, Room 486
East Lansing, MI 48824

Area of Expertise:

Potato breeding and genetics: cytogenetics, polyploid genetics, breeding for disease and insect resistance and potato quality, molecular markers, application of transformation to potato breeding, gene mapping.


Ph.D. Unversity of California, Davis


  1. Felcher KJ, Coombs JJ, Massa AN, Hansey CN, Hamilton JP, et al. (2012) Integration of Two Diploid Potato Linkage Maps with the Potato Genome Sequence. PLoS ONE 7(4): e36347. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0036347
  2. Gerald M. Ghidiu, David S. Douches, Kimberly J. Felcher, and Joseph J. Coombs, “Comparing Host Plant Resistance, Engineered Resistance, and Insecticide Treatment for Control of Colorado Potato Beetle and Potato Leafhopper in Potatoes,” International Journal of Agronomy, vol. 2011, Article ID 390409, 4 pages, 2011. doi:10.1155/2011/390409
  3. Qingxiao Meng, Jingfang Yin, Noah Rosenzweig, David Douches, and Jianjun J. Hao. Culture-Based Assessment of Microbial Communities in Soil Suppressive to Potato Common Scab. Plant Disease 2012 96:5, 712-717
  4. Melakeberhan, H., Douches, DS, Wang, W., Interactions of Selected Potato Cultivars and Populations of Adapted to the Midwest U.S. Soils. Crop Sci. (2012) 52: 1132–1137. 10.2135/cropsci2011.08.0409
  5. Douches, D.S., Coombs, J., Lacey, L.A., Felcher, K., Pett, W. 2011. Evaluations of transgenic potatoes for resistance to potato tuberworm in the laboratory and field. American Journal of Potato Research. 88:91-95
  6. Hamilton, J. P., Hansey, C. N., Whitty, B. R., Stoffel, K., Massa, A. N., Van Deynze, A., De Jong, W. S., Douches, D. S., Buell, C. R. (2011). Single nucleotide polymorphism discovery in elite North American potato germplasm. [Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural]. BMC Genomics, 12, 302. doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-12-302
  7. Douches, D.S., J. Coombs, K. Felcher, W.W. Kirk, C. Long, and G. Bird.  2010.  Missaukee: A Round White Potato Variety Combining Chip-Processing With Resistance to Late Blight, Verticillium Wilt and Golden Cyst Nematode. Amer. J. Potato Res.
  8. Zarka, Kelly A., Ria Greyling, Inge Gazendam, Dean Olefse, Kimberly Felcher, Gurling Bothma, Johan Brink, Hector Quemada, and David S. Douches.  2010.  Insertion and Characterization of the cry1Ia1 Gene in the Potato Cultivar ‘Spunta’ for Resistance to Potato Tuber Moth, Phthorimaea operculella (Zeller).  J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci.  135(4):317-324.
  9. Quemada, Hector, Kelly Zarka, Walter Pett, Gurling Bothma, Kimberly Felcher, Holly Mirendil, Johan Brink, and David Douches.  2010.  Safety Evaluations of the Cry1Ia1 Protein Found in the Transgenic Potato SpuntaG2.  J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 135(4):325–332.
  10. Douches, David, Walter Pett, Diedrich Visser, Joseph Coombs, Kelly Zarka, Gurling Bothma, Johan Brink, Hector Quemada, Kimberly Felcher.  2010.  Field and Storage Evaluations of SpuntaG2 for Resistance to Potato Tuber Moth (Phthorimaea opercullela) and for Agronomic Performance.  J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci.  135(4):333–340.
  11. Kirk, W., A. Rojas, P. Tumbalam, E. Gachango, P. Wharton, F. Abu-El Samen, D. Douches, J. Coombs, C. Thill, and A. Thompson.  2010.  Effect of different genotypes of Phytophthora infestans (Mont. de Bary) and temperature on tuber disease development.  Amer. J. Potato Res.  87:509-520.
  12. Cooper, S.G., D.S. Douches, K. Zarka and E.J. Grafius. 2009. Enhanced resistance to control potato tuberworm by combining engineered resistance, avidin, and natural resistance derived from, Solanum chacoense.  Amer. J. Potato Res.  86:24-30.
  13. Driscoll, J., J. Coombs, R. Hammerschmidt, W. Kirk, L. Wanner, D. Douches.  2009.  Greenhouse and field nursery evaluation for potato common scab tolerance in a tetraploid population.  Amer. J. Potato Res.  86:96-101.
  14. Cooper, S.G., D.S. Douches, and E.J. Grafius. 2009. Combining engineered resistance, avidin, and natural resistance derived from Solanum chacoense Bitter to control Colorado potato beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae).  J. Econ. Entomol. 102(3): 1270-1280
  15. Douches, D.S., J. Brink, H. Quemada, W. Pett, M. Koch, D. Visser, K. Maredia and K. Zarka. 2009. Commercialization of potato tuber moth resistant potatoes in South Africa. In: Kroschel J and L Lacey (eds.) Integrated Pest Management for the Potato Tuber Moth, Phthorimaea operculella Zeller – a Potato Pest of Global Importance. Tropical Agriculture 20, Advances in Crop Research 10. Margraf Publishers, Weikersheim, Germany, 139-147.
  16. Douches, D.S., J. Coombs, R. Hammerschmidt, W.W. Kirk, and C. Long.  Kalkaska:  A round white chip-processing potato variety with common scab resistance.  Amer. J. Potato Res. 86:347-355.
  17. Kirk, W.W., F. Abu-El Samen, P. Tumbalam, P. Wharton, D. Douches, C.A.Thill, and A. Thompson.  2009.  Impact of Different US Genotypes of Phytophthora infestans on Potato Seed Tuber Rot and Plant Emergence in a Range of Cultivars and Advanced Breeding Lines. Potato Res. Volume 52, Number 2, 121-140

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