Research Plant Molecular Geneticist
Hardwood Tree Improvement & Regeneration Center, 715 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2061
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Current ResearchThe Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center (HTIRC) performs research in four areas that develop and disseminate knowledge on
The HTIRC is a unique regional and collaborative research, development and technology transfer effort that applies classical breeding, genomics, genetic modification, advancedpropagation, production, and silviculture to benefit industry, private landowners and the scientific community
- Understanding of the genetic and epigenetic regulation of wood grain formation
- Use of RFID technology to monitor and maintain long-term field studies
- Butternut conservation breeding and genetics
- Chestnut reproductive biology and gene flow after species reintroduction
- Marker-assisted breeding and selection in hardwoods
- Genetics of hardwood nursery stock growth and outplanting performance
- Use of hybrids to improve growth and quality of hardwoods
Why This Research is Important
Fine hardwoods such as black walnut and white oak are an important economic and ecological resource. Landowners in the Central Hardwood Region have a long history of afforestation and interest in obtaining the highest quality planting stock. They look to the Forest Service and other public agencies to provide them with guidance concerning the best practices for establishing and managing their forest plantings. Basic research in the biology and genetics of fine hardwoods has lagged behind that of conifers over the last century. The pressures of increased demand for hardwood products, urban expansion, and the limits placed on logging on public lands have meant that we need to find ways to make more hardwood on private lands. Most forest landowners in the Central Hardwood Region own small properties and there are few large, industrial holdings. Thus, research and technology transfer must address highly localized needs.
- University of California, Ph.D. Genetics, 1994
- University of California, M.S. Genetics, 1993
- University of California, M.S. Horticulture, 1990
- Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, M.Div. , 1986
- University of Florida, B.S. , 1980
- American Society of Plant Biology
Featured Publications & Products
- McKenna, J.R.; Ostry, M.E.; Woeste, K. 2011. Screening butternut and butternut hybrids for resistance to butternut canker.
- Pijut, Paula M.; Woeste, Keith E.; Michler, Charles H. 2011. Promotion of adventitious root formation of difficult-to-root hardwood tree species.
- Woeste, KE; Blanche, SB; Moldenhauer, KA; Nelson, CD. 2010. Plant breeding and rural development in the United States..
- Farlee, Lenny; Woeste, Keith; Ostry, Michael; McKenna, James; Weeks, Sally. 2010. Identification of butternuts and butternut hybrids.
- Farlee, Lenny; Woeste, Keith; Ostry, Michael; McKenna, James; Weeks, Sally. Conservation and management of butternut trees. 2010. Conservation and management of butternut trees.
Publications & Products
- Parks, Amanda; Jenkins, Michael; Ostry, Michael; Zhao, Peng; Woeste, Keith. 2014. Biotic and abiotic factors affecting the genetic structure and diversity of butternut in the southern Appalachian Mountains, USA.
- Parks, Amanda M.; Jenkins, Michael A.; Woeste, Keith E.; Ostry, Michael E. 2013. Conservation status of a threatened tree species: establishing a baseline for restoration of Juglans cinerea L.
- Fan, Youran; Rupert, Kendal; Wiedenhoeft, Alex C.; Woeste, Keith; Lexer, Christian; Meilan, Richard. 2013. Figured grain in aspen is heritable and not affected by graft-transmissible signals.
- McKenna, James; Woeste, Keith; Ostry, Michael. 2012. Breeding resistance to butternut canker disease.
- Woeste, Keith; Farlee, Lenny; Ostry, Michael; McKenna, James; Weeks, Sally. 2009. A forest manager's guide to butternut.
- Woeste, Keith; Pijut, Paula M. 2009. The peril and potential of butternut.
- Ross-Davis, Amy; Huang, Zhonglian; McKenna, James; Ostry, Michael; Woeste, Keith. 2008. Morphological and molecular methods to identify butternut (Juglans cinerea) and butternut hybrids: relevance to butternut conservation.
- Michler, Charles H.; Woeste, Keith E.; Pijut, Paula M. 2007. Black Walnut.
- Pijut, Paula M.; Woeste, Keith E.; Vengadesan, G. 2007. Technological advances in temperate hardwood tree improvement including breeding and molecular marker applications.
- Victory, Erin R.; Glaubitz, Jeffrey C.; Rhodes, Olin E., Jr.; Woeste, Keith E. 2006. Genetic homogeneity in Juglans nigra(Juglanaceae) at nuclear microsatellites.
- Seifert, John; Woeste, Keith. 2005. Environmental and management injury in hardwood tree plantations.
- Michler, C. H.; Meilan, R.; Woeste, K. E.; Pijut, P. M.; Jacobs, D.; Aldrich, P.; Glaubitz, J. 2005. Hardwood genetics and tree improvement - A Midwest USA perspective.
- Michler, C.H.; Pijut, P.M.; Jacobs, D.F.; Meilan, R.; Woeste, K.E.; Ostry, M.E. 2005. Improving disease resistance of butternut (Juglans cinerea), a threatened fine hardwood: a case of single-tree selection through genetic improvement and deployment.
- Michler, C. H.; Pijut, P.M.; Van Sambeek, J.; Coggeshall, M.; Seifert, J.; Woeste, K.; Overton, R.; Ponder, F., Jr., eds. 2004. Black walnut in a new century, proceedings of the 6th Walnut Council research symposium; 2004 July 25-28; Lafayette, IN..
- Victory, Erin; Woeste, Keith; Rhodes, Olin E., Jr. 2004. History of black walnut genetics research in North America.
- McKenna, James; Woeste, Keith. 2004. Planting and care of fine hardwood seedlings: Diagnosing and controlling wildlife damage in hardwood plantations..
- McKenna, James; Woeste, Keith. 2004. Planting and care of fine hardwood seedlings: Fertilizing, pruning, and thinning.
- Ostry, M. E.; Woeste, K. 2004. Spread of butternut canker in North America, host range, evidence of resistance within butternut populations and conservation genetics.
- Glaubitz, Jeffrey C.; Robichaud, Rodney L.; Woeste, Keith; Rhodes, Olin E. Jr. 2004. Toward Guidelines for Harvest Intensities and Regeneration Targets with Minimal Impact Upon Retained Genetic Diversity in Central Hardwood Tree Species.
- Woeste, Keith E.; McKenna, James R. 2004. Walnut genetic improvement at the start of a new century.
- Victory, Erin; Robichaud, Rodney L.; Woeste, Keith. 2003. Designing specific chloroplast markers for black walnut from a set of universal primers.
- Woeste, Keith; Mersman, Doug. 2003. Diversity and relatedness in a black walnut seed orchard.
- Woeste, Keith; Beheler, Brian. 2003. Heartwood formation in four black walnut plantations.
- Michler, Charles H.; Bosela, Michael J.; Pijut, Paula M.; Woeste, Keith E. 2003. The Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center: its strategic plans for sustaining the hardwood resource.
- Robichaud, Rodney L.; Rhodes, Olin E., Jr.; Woeste, Keith. 2003. The genetic effects of a diameter limited cut on black walnut.
- Woeste, Keith. 2002. Black Walnut at the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center (HTIRC).
- Seifert, John R.; Woeste, Keith. 2002. Evaluation of Four Herbicides and Tillage for Weed Control on 1-0 Planted Tree Seedlings.
- Michler, Charles H.; Woeste, Keith E. 2002. Strategic plans for the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center.
- Woeste, K.E.; Beineke, W.F. 2001. An efficient method for evaluating black walnut for resistance to walnut anthracnose in filed plots and the identification of resistant genotypes.
- Woeste, Keith; Kieber, Joseph J. 2000. A strong loss-of-function mutation in RAN1 results in constitution activation of the ethylene response pathway as well as a rosette-lethal phenotype.