Eric Bishop-von Wettberg

Eric Bishop-von Wettberg

My primary research interest is in understanding the genetic basis of how plants tolerate stressful soil environments, and how that tolerance varies between populations. I work with both agricultural crops and rare plants that are restricted to stressful soil types. I also utilize genetic model organisms, such as Arabidopsis and Medicago, to develop tools to be used to improve crops and protect rare species.

Current work examines that tolerance of low phosphorus pine rockland soils by native South Florida legumes, conservation genetics of the federally endangered Keys Tree Cactus, population genetics of domestication in chickpea, and salt tolerance of wild alfalfa. We utilize a range of experimental tools, from field experiments to next-generation sequencing. Eric von Wettberg, Population and Conservation Genetics, Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track, Ph.D., Brown University, postdoctoral fellow, UC Davis.

Specialization and keywords: Genetics of abiotic stress tolerance in wild relatives of crops and endangered species, landscape genetics, conservation biology, evolutionary ecology, phylogeography, niche evolution, salt tolerance, heavy metal tolerance, and plant-soil microbe interactions.

Affiliated with SERC, LACC, MBRS-RISE, MARC-U-STAR, Agroecology and Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden.

Current grants: NSF PGRP program: Community genomics of salt tolerance in Tunisian Medicago truncatula (subcontract from USC); UC Davis contract (to Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden) for work related to the domestication of chickpea.