James Kelly Ph.D.

James Kelly

Telephone: 517-353-0169

Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

University Distinguished Professor

Plant and Soil Sciences Building
1066 Bogue Street, Room 370
East Lansing, MI 48824

Dry bean breeding and genetics for drought tolerance and disease resistance.


Ph.D. University of Wisconsin


Cichy, K.A., A. Fernandez,  A. Kilian, J.D. Kelly, C.H. Galeano, S. Shaw, M. Brick, D. Hodkinson and E. Troxtell. 2014. QTL analysis of canning quality and color retention in black beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). Molecular Breeding 33:139-154. doi: 10.1007/s11032-013-9940-y.

Kelly, J.D., G.V. Varner, K.A. Cichy, and E.M. Wright. 2014. Registration of ‘Powderhorn’ great northern bean. J. Plant Registrations 8:1-4. doi:10.3198/jpr2013.05.0020crc.

Mendoza, F.A., K. Cichy, R. Lu and J.D. Kelly. 2014. Evaluation of canning quality traits in black beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) by visible/near-infrared spectroscopy. Food Bioprocess Technol. DOI 10.1007/s11947-014-1285-y

Miklas, P.N., J. D. Kelly, J. R. Steadman and S. McCoy. 2014. Registration of partial white mold resistant pinto bean germplasm line USPT-WM-12. J. Plant Registrations 8:

Mukeshimana, G., L. Butare, P.B. Cregan, M. W. Blair and J. D. Kelly. 2014. Quantitative Trait Loci associated with drought tolerance in common bean. Crop Sci. 54: 923-938.doi: 10.2135/cropsci2013.06.0427.

Mukeshimana, G., A.L. Lasley, W.H. Loescher and J.D. Kelly. 2014. Identification of shoot traits related to drought tolerance in common bean seedlings. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 139:1-11.

Sousa, L.L.,  A. S. Cruz, P. S. Vidigal Filho, V. A. Vallejo, J. D. Kelly and M.C. Gonçalves-Vidigal. 2014. Genetic mapping of the resistance allele Co-52 to Colletotrichum lindemuthianum in the common bean MSU 7-1 line.  Aust. J. Crop Science 8:317-323.

Mukeshimana, G., Y. Ma, A. E. Walworth, G-q. Song, and J. D. Kelly. 2013. Factors influencing regeneration and Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transformation of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). Plant Biotechnol. Rep. 7:59-70. doi:10.1007/s11816-012-0237-0.

Miklas, P.N., L. D. Porter, J. D. Kelly, and J. R. Myers 2013. Characterization of white mold disease avoidance in common bean. European J. Plant Pathology. 135:525–543. doi:10.1007/s10658-012-0153-8.

Porch, T.G.,  J. S. Beaver, D. G. Debouck, S. Jackson, J.D. Kelly,  and H. Dempewolf.  2013. Use of wild relatives and closely related species to adapt common bean to climate change. Agronomy 3:433-461.

Kelly, J.D., G.V. Varner, K.A. Cichy, and E.M. Wright. 2012. Registration of ‘Rosetta’ pink bean. J. Plant Registrations 6: 229-232. doi: 10.3198/jpr2012.03.0142crc.

Kelly, J.D., G.V. Varner, W. Mkwaila, K.A. Cichy, and E.M. Wright. 2012. Registration of ‘Eldorado’ pinto bean. J. Plant Registrations 6: 233-237. doi: 10.3198/jpr2012.02.0140crc.

Kelly, J.D., G.V. Varner, K.A. Cichy, and E.M. Wright. 2012. Registration of ‘Snowdon’ white kidney bean. J. Plant Registrations 6: 239-242. doi: 10.3198/jpr2012.03.0146crc.

Heilig, J.A., and J.D. Kelly. 2012. Performance of dry bean genotypes grown under organic and conventional production systems in Michigan. Agron. J.104:1485-1492. doi:10.2134/agronj2012.0082.

Mkwaila, W., K.A. Terpstra, M. Ender, and J.D. Kelly. 2011. Identification of QTL for resistance to white mold in wild and landrace germplasm of common bean. Plant Breeding130:665-672.

Miklas, P.N., S. P. Singh, H. Terán, J. D. Kelly, and J. R. Smith. 2011. Registration of common bacterial blight resistant cranberry dry bean germplasm line USCR-CBB-20. J. Plant Reg. 5:98-102.

Wright, E.M., and J.D. Kelly. 2011. Mapping QTL for seed yield and canning quality following processing of black bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). Euphytica 179:471–484.

Kelly, J.D., G.V. Varner, and B. Long. 2010. Registration of ‘Santa Fe’ pinto bean. J. Plant Reg. 4:12-16.

Kelly, J.D., G.V. Varner, and E.M. Wright. 2010. Registration of ‘Bellagio’ cranberry bean. J. Plant Reg. 4: 171-174.

Kwapata, K., R. Sabzikar, M. B. Sticklen, and J. D. Kelly. 2010. In vitro regeneration and morphogenesis studies in common bean. Plant Cell Tiss Organ Cult: J. Plant Biotechnology. 100:97–105.

Cichy, K.A., M. W. Blair, C. H. Galeno-Mendoza, S. S. Snapp, and J. D. Kelly. 2009. QTL analysis of root architecture traits and low phosphorus tolerance in an Andean bean population. Crop Sci. 49:59-68.

Kelly, J.D., G.V.Varner, P. O’Boyle, and B. Long. 2009. Registration of ‘Zorro’ black bean. J. Plant Registrations 3:226-230.

Kelly, J.D., G.V.Varner, B. Roman, and B. Long. 2009. Registration of ‘Fuji’ Otebo bean. J. Plant Registrations 3:223-225.

Tako, E.,  R.P. Glahn, J. M. Laparra, R.M. Welch, X. Lei, J.D. Kelly, M.A. Rutzke and D.D. Miller. 2009. Iron and zinc bioavailabilities to pigs from red and white beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) are similar.  J. Agric. Food Chem. 57: 3134–3140.


Websites of Interest:

Bean Breeding and Genetics Laboratory 

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