Since the beginning of
agriculture, some 10,000 years ago, humans have molded the diversity of
crop plants around them to suit their diverse needs for food and
beverage, feed, clothing and other numerous uses. Starting with the
process of domestication, crop biodiversity results from the
fascinating interactions among humans, plants, and their environment.
My research and teaching program is focused on elucidating the
evolutionary processes that have shaped evolution of crop plants under
cultivation. I focus particularly on Phaseolus
they are such an important part of the human diet, especially in
developing countries, and provide many health benefits.
On the applied level, I look at the consequences of our findings for
plant breeding. One of my main activities is a participation in the
ABC-KT project (i.e., African Bean Consortium, funded by the Kirkhouse
Trust), which seeks to develop a marker-assisted selection capability
in East African bean breeding programs.
Since January 2012, I am leading the UC Davis bean breeding program,
with the responsibility of producing new varieties of lima bean,
garbanzos, and common bean for the California grain legume industry,
including the California Dry-Bean
, the organic sector (Lundberg Family Farms
, Clif Bar Family
), Kirsten Co. LLC
etc.. More ...
does UC Davis mean to California? (pdf) In the field of
plant breeding, most crop varieties in the state are UC varieties.
Check the list
of varieties and the breeding
programs (pdf) that produced them and a historic
gallery of UCD plant breeders.
more details ....
2012 Gepts P, Famula TR, Bettinger RL, Brush SB,
Damania AB, McGuire PE, Qualset CO (eds) (2012)
Biodiversity in agriculture: domestication, evolution, and
sustainability. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.
Contact information: Paul Gepts Profile
University of California, Davis
Department of Plant Sciences / MS1
1 Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8780
Tel office: +1-530-752-7743; Tel lab: +1-530-752-9982; Fax:
plgepts at ucdavis dot edu