Institute for Integrative Genome Biology


Philip A. RobertsPhilip A. Roberts

Professor of Nematology;
Department Chair

Mailing Address:

Headhouse /10
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521

Phone: (951) 827-4442
Fax: (951) 827-3719
Email: philip.roberts@ucr.edu

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PhD 1978 Birmingham University & Rothamsted Experimental Station, UK
BS 1975 Leeds University, UK

College/Division Affiliation:

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences 

Areas Of Expertise:

Plant Parasitic Nematodes; Host Plant Resistance to Root-knot Nematodes

Awards / Honors:

2001 Fellow, AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science)
1994 CIBA Award, Society of Nematologists, for outstanding contributions to agriculture 

Research Summary:

My research focuses on the integrated management of plant parasitic nematodes. A major emphasis is placed on the identification, characterization, and development of host plant resistance to root-knot nematodes for genetic improvement of crops. Current work includes studies of resistance gene inheritance, development of gene markers, genome mapping, and gene transfer. Research on the genetic resistance and associated traits in crop plants to root-knot nematodes is organized in the areas of: 1) identifying new sources of resistance genes; 2) nature, inheritance and molecular characterization of resistance genes; 3) introgressing resistance for breeding line and crop improvement for warm/arid environments using classical and novel techniques; 4) assessing and implementing resistant and tolerant lines and cultivars in the field in appropriate cropping systems; and 5) studying variability of parasitic specificity within and between nematode species.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Genomics Information

Institute of Integrative Genome Biology
2150 Batchelor Hall

Tel: (951) 827-7177
E-mail: Aurelia Espinoza, Managing Director