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Wayne Smith

Smith, Wayne
Wayne Smith
Professor and Associate Department Head
217D Heep Center
Ph.D., University of Tennessee/Knoxville, 1974

Specialty:Plant Breeding

Research and Teaching:

Research duties include development of superior germplasm/cultivars which will enhance the productivity, improve the product quality, and/or decrease production costs associate with cotton production in Texas.  Primary research sites in Texas are College Station, Weslaco, Corpus Christi, Thrall, and Chillicothe, as well as colleagues at Lubbock. Primary geographical areas of responsibilities are central and south Texas with secondary goals aimed at all cotton producing areas of Texas and the United States.

Teaching/administrative duties include teaching at the undergraduate level (SCSC 311W) and graduate level (SCSC 610 and SCSC 641),direction of graduate students in plant breeding, administration of departmental academic affairs, and coordination of graduate program in Soil and Crop Sciences, including recruitment and general advising. Position directs the graduate program in SCSC with majors in AGRONOMY, SOIL SCIENCE, and PLANT BREEDING, and directs the Distance M.S. and Ph.D. Program in Plant Breeding with M.S. and Ph.D. degrees conferred by Soil and Crop Sciences and Horticultural Sciences. Non traditional teaching includes but is not limited to a monthly Plant Breeding Bulletin (newsletter), oversight of a weekly seminar series involving plant breeding faculty and graduate students in SCSC, HORT, and other departments, and the distance plant breeding graduate program.

Support Staff

Taylor Atkinson | Dawn Deno | Staci Frerich | LeAnn Hague | Mark Hall | Glenda Kurten | Frances Mutscher | Kathy Schmitt

Graduate Students

Drutdaman Bhangu | Jake Gendron | Anil Konan | Matthew Rhine | Mitchell Schumann | Alexandra Ullrich

Courses Taught
SCSC 311. Principles of Crop Production. (3-0). Credit 3. Review of plant physiology and crop adaptation to mesoclimates; crop management factors of planting, pest control, plant nutrition, irrigation, GIS, and harvesting techniques; special units on organic farming, conservation agriculture, farming in low-rainfall climates, and bioenergy crops; influence of markets, government policies, and the global economy on cropping strategies. Prerequisites: SCSC 307, junior or senior classification, or approval of instructor.
SCSC 610. Host Plant Resistance. (3-0). Credit 3. Host plant resistance programs from the standpoint of the plant breeder, plant pathologist and entomologist; team taught with each discipline represented; roundtable discussion of assigned readings and lectures. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. Cross-listed with ENTO 610 and PLPA 610. Spring semester.
SCSC 641. Plant Breeding I. (3-0). Credit 3. Theoretical and practical aspects of plant breeding including genetic basis; application of breeding methods and interdisciplinary considerations in breeding problems. Prerequisites: SCSC 304 or HORT 404; GENE 301; STAT 651.