Dr. Patrick Edger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University. Patrick received his PhD degree from the University of Missouri in 2012, and was a NSF National Plant Genome Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow at UC-Berkeley and University of Arizona from 2012-2015. He joined the Michigan State University faculty in Fall 2015. His lab leverages a diverse array of tools and a strong multidisciplinary approach, including comparative genomics, transcriptomics, and systems biology, to investigate gene family dynamics and the evolution of gene-gene interactions following gene and genome duplications. His current research focuses on uncovering the mechanistic basis of subgenome dominance in polyploid crops, largely to guide breeding efforts in blueberry and strawberry.
Please see lab webpage (https://www.polyploidy.msu.edu/).
UGS 200H: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (3 credits)
HRT 362: Applied Crop Improvement (1 credit)
HRT 892: Plant Breeding and Genetics Seminar on "Polyploidy" (1 credit)
HRT 894: Horticulture Seminar on "Targeting Pathways for Crop Improvement" (1 credit)
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MSU Horticulture faculty members ranked in top 2% of their field
Published on January 6, 2021
Michigan State University blueberry breeder awarded USDA grant to improve blueberry and cranberry fruit quality
Published on May 11, 2020
Study provides framework for 1 billion years of green plant evolution
Published on October 23, 2019
Combating the blueberry stem gall wasp
Published on October 8, 2019
Researchers uncover the origins of the cultivated strawberry
Published on February 25, 2019
Disentangling the origins of species
Published on January 1, 2019