Degree Tract: Thesis

Advisor: Dr. J. Hill Craddock

Research Interests: My research interests include conservation genetics, botany, plant breeding, and genomics. I am currently involved in two studies of the trees and shrubs in the genus Castanea: (1) a study of the phylogeny and phylogeography of the North American Castanea species; (2) a study of the quantitative genetics and genomics of ink disease resistance in chestnut.

Publications:

Perkins, M.T. and J.H Craddock. 2014. The effect of phosphite fungicides on mycorrhiza formation in a family of BC4 Chinese-American chestnut seedlings. Technical Report to USDA NE-1333: biological improvement of chestnut through technologies that address management of the species, its pathogens and pests.

Presentations:

Zhebentyayeva, T., P.H. Sisco, M.T. Perkins, S.N. Jeffers, J.B. James, F.V. Hebard, L.L. Georgi, M.E. Staton, T.L. Kubisiak, B.A. Olukolu, C.D. Nelson, and A.G. Abbott. 2016. QTL analysis of resistance to Phytophthora cinnamomi derived from Chinese chestnut cultivars ‘Mahogany’ and ‘Nanking’ in BC1 hybrid families. USDA NE-1333: Biological Improvement of Chestnut through Technologies that Address Management of the Species, its Pathogens and Pests. 30 September – 1 October, 2016, Syracuse, NY.

Harris, J., M.T. Perkins, and J. Shaw. 2016. Phylogenetic analysis of Castanea ozarkensis Ashe. Botanical Society of American Meetings. July 30-August 3, 2016. Savannah, GA.

Perkins, M.T., J. Shaw, and J.H. Craddock. 2016. Phylogeographic examination of Castanea Mill. (Fagaceae) morphotypes in the eastern United States. Meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists. March 31-April 3, 2016. Concord, NC. In Southeastern Biology 63(2): 163.

Perkins, M.T. and J.H. Craddock. 2015. Phylogeny and biogeography of North American Castanea (Fagaceae): chloroplast and nuclear DNA sequences as indicators of cryptic diversity in the Southeast. American Chestnut Foundation Annual Meeting and Schatz Tree Genetics Colloquium. 23-24 October, 2015. Pennsylvania State University.

Zhebentyayeva, T., M.T. Perkins, M. Staton, S. Jeffers, J. James, P. Sisco, F. Hebard, L. Georgi, B. Olukolu, C.D. Nelson, and A. Abbott. 2015. Mapping of resistance to Phytophthora cinnamomi in interspecific Chinese-American and Japanese-American chestnut families.    USDA NE-1333: Biological Improvement of Chestnut through Technologies that Address Management of the Species, its Pathogens and Pests. 11-12 September, 2015. Marion, VA.

Perkins, M.T. and J.H. Craddock. 2015. Revisiting the phylogeny and biogeography of North American Castanea: chloroplast and nuclear DNA sequences as indicators of cryptic diversity in the Southeast. USDA NE-1333: Biological Improvement of Chestnut through Technologies that Address Management of the Species, its Pathogens and Pests. 11-12 September, 2015. Marion, VA.

Zhebentyayeva, T., M.T. Perkins, S. Jeffers, J. James, P. Sisco, F. Hebard, L. Georgi, M. Staton, C.D. Nelson, and A.G. Abbott. 2015. Mapping of resistance to Phytophthora cinnamomi in interspecific American/Chinese and American/Japanese chestnut populations. In: Proceedings of the 33rd Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference; 8-11 June 2015 Hot Springs, Arkansas. http://www.sftic.org , pp. 71-72.

Shaw, J., J. Harris, T. Perkins, and A. Morris. 2015. Molecular genetic studies of Ozark chinquapin (Castanea ozarkensis) populations. Annual Meeting of the Ozark Chinquapin Foundation. 13 March 2015. Rogers, AR.

Perkins, M.T. and J.H Craddock. 2014. Effect of phosphite fungicides on mycorrhiza formation in a family of BC4 Chinese-American chestnut seedlings. Technical Report to USDA NE-1333: Biological Improvement of Chestnut through Technologies that Address Management of the Species, its Pathogens and Pests. 6-5 September 2014, La Crosse, WI.

Perkins, M.T. and J.H. Craddock. 2012. The effect of phosphite on mycorrhiza formation in Chinese-American hybrid chestnuts. American Chestnut Summit. 19-21 October 2012, Asheville, NC.

 

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