Department of Crop Sciences
Frederic Kolb
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Frederic Kolb

Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Professor
AE-120 Turner Hall
1102 S. Goodwin
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-9485

Education

Ph.D.: Agronomy - Plant Breeding, Pennsylvania State University — 1987
M.S.: Agronomy - Plant Breeding, Pennsylvania State University — 1983
B.S.: Biology, Pennsylvania State University — 1976

Research Areas

Scab Resistance

A major emphasis in my research and breeding program is on scab (Fusarium head blight) resistance in wheat. Scab and septoria have become more severe as more farmers adopt conservation tillage practices. The additional plant residue on the surface harbors the spores for these diseases. Development of resistant varieties is important to reduce severe losses in yield and quality due to these pathogens. We are working on the development of scab resistant genotypes by using greenhouse evaluations and evaluations in a misted, inoculated field nursery to select for scab resistance. In addition, we are using molecular markers to identify chromosomal regions of wheat with quantitative trait loci for scab resistance. This research will continue to be an area of emphasis in my program due to the importance of scab resistance to the wheat producers of Illinois.

Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus

Several studies have been conducted on BYDV. The objectives in these studies are to increase our knowledge of BYDV tolerance in oat and wheat, develop materials that have better tolerance to BYDV, or develop germplasm that can be used to study the inheritance of BYDV and molecular markers associated with genes for BYDV tolerance. One project is aimed at evaluating near-isogenic lines of oats that differ only in their level of BYDV tolerance. These lines are quite useful as research tools both for studying BYDV and also for molecular marker mapping studies. Some of the genotypes developed in this project have been used in several research projects studying BYDV in oats.

Recent Cultivar Releases

The wheat variety Kaskaskia was released as a public variety in 1998. Kaskaskia has high yield potential, high test weight, and excellent winter hardiness. In addition, five soft red winter wheat lines have been released into commercial production as brand labeled varieties including the registration of a line for production in Canada. Two oat varieties, Rodeo and Chaps, were released in 1996. Both varieties have high yield potential. A third oat variety, Blaze, was released in 1998. Blaze also has quite high yield potential combined with good test weight, excellent BYDV tolerance, and good crown rust resistance. Another oat variety, Spurs, was released in 2003. Spurs has excellent yield potential, very good test weight and is tolerant to BYDV and moderately resistant to crown rust. Oat varieties Buckskin and Tack were released in 2006. Buckskin has very high yield potential and Tack was released because of exceptionally high test weight. A new variety will be named and released in 2009-2010. This variety (which has not yet been named) combined high yield potential with high test weight and earliness. A second breeding line will be released in cooperation with Cornell University for production in New York and the Northeast. This line has yielded very well in evaluations in New York. These varieties will provide improved profitability to producers through higher returns per acre.

Positions

Jack A. and Marjorie S. Cavanah Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics (2009 - present)
Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Dept. of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois (2001 - present)
Crop Sciences Teaching Coordinator (2000 - present)
Associate Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Dept. of Agronomy and Dept. of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois (1993 - present)
Assistant Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Department of Agronomy, University of Illinois (1987 - 1993)
Geneticist (Category II Scientist), USDA, State College, PA (1987 - 1987)

Honors and Awards

Jack A. and Marjorie S. Cavanah Professorship of Plant Breeding and Genetics, July 2009
NACTA Teacher Fellow, North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA), June 2009
John Clyde and Henrietta Downey Spitler Teaching Award, College of ACES, 2009
Wyffels Hybrids Award for Faculty Excellence, Department of Crop Sciences, 2008
Karl E. Gardner Advising Award, College of ACES, 2008
Teaching Award of Merit, North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA), April 2007
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) Fellow — Nov. 2005
American Society of Agronomy (ASA) Fellow — Nov. 2003

Journal Articles

Bonin, C.M. and F. L. Kolb. 2009. Resistance to Fusarium Head Blight and Kernel Damage in a Winter Wheat Recombinant Inbred Line Population. Crop Sci. 49:1304-1312.
Tinker, N. A., A. Kilian, C. P. Wight, K. Uszynska-Heller, P. Wenzl, H. W. Rines, Å. Bjørnstad, C. J.Howarth, J. Jannink, J. M.Anderson, B. G. Rossnagel, D. D. Stuthman, M. E. Sorrells, E.W. Jackson, S. Tuvesson, F. L. Kolb, O. Olsson, L. C. Federizzi, M. L. Carson, H. W. Ohm, S. J. Molnar, G. J. Scoles, P. E. Eckstein, J. M. Bonman, A. Ceplitis, T. Langdon. 2009. New DArT markers for oat provide enhanced map coverage and global germplasm characterization. BMC Genomics. 10:39 (http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2164/10/39).
Mikel, M.A. and F.L. Kolb. 2008. Genetic diversity of contemporary North American barley. Crop Sci. 48:1399-1407.
Yu, J.B., G.H. Bai, W.C. Zhou, Y.H. Dong, and F.L. Kolb. 2008. Quantitative trait loci for Fusarium head blight resistance in a recombinant inbred population of Wangshubai / Wheaton. Phytopathology 98:87-94.
Kolb, F.L., C. M. Brown, N.J. Smith and L.L. Domier. 2006. Registration of six sets of near-isogenic spring oat germplasm lines differing in tolerance to barley yellow dwarf virus. Crop Sci. 46:1831-1832.
Kolb, F.L., C. M. Brown, N.J. Smith and L.L. Domier. 2006. Registration of seven barley yellow dwarf virus tolerant oat germplasm lines. Crop Sci. 46:1830-1831.
Kolb, F.L. and N.J. Smith. 2006. Registration of Spurs oat. Crop Sci. 46:1820-1821.
Zhou, W.C., F.L. Kolb, and D.E. Riechers. 2005. Identification of proteins produced in response to Fusarium head blight infection in hexaploid wheat (Triticum aestivum). Genome 48:770-780.
Zhou, W-C., F.L. Kolb, L.L. Domier, S-W Wang, and S. Wang. 2005. SSR markers associated with fertility restoration genes against Triticum timopheevii cytoplasm in Triticum aestivum. Euphytica 141:33-40.
Browne, R.A., Murphy, J.P., Cooke, B.M., Devaney, D., Walsh, E.J., Griffey, C.A., Hancock, J.A., Harrison, S.A., Hart, L.P., Kolb, F.L., McKendry, A.L., Milus, E.A., Sneller, C., and Van Sanford, D.A. 2005. Evaluation of Fusarium head blight resistance in U.S. soft red winter wheat germplasm using a detached leaf assay. Browne, R. 2005. Evaluation of Fusarium head blight resistance in soft red winter wheat germplasm using a detached leaf assay. Plant Dis. 89-404-411.
Weisz, R., Tartleton, B., Murphy, J.P., and Kolb F. L. 2005. Identifying soft red winter wheat cultivars tolerant to Barley yellow dwarf virus. Plant Dis. 89:170-176.
Zhou, W-C, F.L. Kolb, J-B Yu, G-H Bai, L. K. Boze, and L.L. Domier. 2004. Molecular characterization of Fusarium head blight resistance in Wangshuibai with simple sequence repeat and amplified fragment length polymorphism markers. Genome 47: 1137-1143.
Zhou, W-C., F.L. Kolb, G-H Bai, L.L. Domier, L.K. Boze, and N.J. Smith. 2003. Validation of a major QTL for scab resistance with SSR markers and use of marker-assisted selection in wheat. Plant Breeding 122:40-46.
Zhu, S., F.L. Kolb, and H.F. Kaeppler. 2003. Molecular mapping of genomic regions underlying barley yellow dwarf tolerance in cultivated oat (Avena sativa L.). TAG 106:1300-1306.
Bai, G-H., P-G. Guo and F. L. Kolb. 2003. Genetic relationships among scab resistant cultivars of wheat based on molecular markers. Crop Sci. 43:498-507.
Zhou, W-C., F.L. Kolb, G-H Bai, L.L. Domier, L.K. Boze, and N.J. Smith. 2003. Validation of a major QTL for scab resistance with SSR markers and use of marker-assisted selection in wheat. Plant Breeding 122:40-46.
Zhou, W-C., F.L. Kolb, G-H. Bai, L.L. Domier and J-B. Yao. 2002. Effect of individual Sumai 3 chromosomes on resistance to scab spread within spikes and deoxynivalenol accumulation within kernels in wheat. Hereditas 137:81-89.
Zhou, W.C., F.L. Kolb, G-H. Bai, G. Shaner, and L.L. Domier. 2002. Genetic analysis of scab resistance QTL in wheat with microsatellite and AFLP markers. Genome 45: 719-727.
Pal, N., J. S. Sandhu, L. L. Domier, and F. L. Kolb. 2002. Development and Characterization of microsatellite and RFLP-derived PCR markers in oat. Crop Sci.42:912-918.
Bai, G-H, R. Plattner, A. Desjarins, and F. L. Kolb. 2001. Resistance to Fusarium head blight and deoxynivatenol accumulation in wheat. Plant Breeding 120:1-6.
Bacon, R, J. P. Murphy and F. L. Kolb. 2001. Chapter 18:U.S. Soft Wheat Pool. In Alain P. Bonjean,and William J. Angus (eds.), The World Wheat Book. Lavoisier Cachan, Cedex, France. p. 469-478.
Kolb, F. L., G-H. Bai, G. J. Muehlbauer, J. A. Anderson, K. P. Smith, and G. Fedak. 2001. Host plant resistance genes for Fusarium head blight: Mapping and manipulation with molecular markers. Crop Sci. 41: 611-619.
Jin, H., L. L. Domier, X. Shen, and F. L. Kolb. 2000. Combined AFLP and RFLP mapping in two hexaploid oat recombinant inbred populations. Genome. 43:94-101.
Kolb, F. L., and N. J. Smith. 2000. Registration of ‘Kaskaskia’ wheat. Crop Sci. 40:1494-1495.
Perry, K. L., F. L. Kolb, B. Sammons, C. Lawson, G. Cisar, and H. Ohm. 2000. Yield effects of barley yellow dwarf virus in soft red winter wheat. Phytopathology 90:1043-1048.
Barbosa-Neto, J. F., W. Siripoonwiwat, L. O’Donoughue, S. M. Gray, D. M. Smith, F. L. Kolb, C. Gourmet, C. M. Brown, and, M. E. Sorrells. 2000. Chromosomal regions associated with barley yellow dwarf virus resistance in oat. Euphytica 114:67-76.