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Keith E Woeste

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Adjunct Assist. Professor of Forestry
PFEN Room 226A
715 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Dr. Kieth Woeste's HTIRC profile page

The mission of the HTIRC includes the development and dissemination of knowledge related to the improvement of the genetic quality of hardwoods, the conservation of fine hardwood germplasm, and the restoration and regeneration of sustainable hardwood forests.  Our research spans a multitude of scales, from DNA and single cells to landscapes, from species that are common to some that are endangered, and it requires the application of statistical, molecular, classical, and population genetics. By establishing improvement programs for many of the most valuable fine hardwood species, we expect to deliver trees that better meet the expectations of public and private forestland owners in the Central Hardwood Region.  Specific research areas under investigation include:

1.    The application of classical and molecular genetic approaches to understand the genetics of heartwood formation, a poorly characterized developmental process that has profound implications for the value of hardwoods.

2.    The development of advanced breeding populations of black walnut, black cherry, northern red oak, white oak, and American chestnut.

3.    Research into the conservation genetics of butternut and the development of plans for breeding and reintroducing butternut that is resistant to butternut canker.

4.    The reproductive biology of managed fine hardwoods.

To integrate hardwood tree improvement with every aspect of the production and marketing of hardwood products we collaborate with silviculturists, nursery specialists, extension specialists, forest managers and consulting foresters, pathologists, phylogeneticists, wood products specialists, and a wide array of private companies, government agencies, university faculty, and non-governmental organizations.

Research Group - Forest Biology, Genetics

Facilities - Genetics Lab, FNR Farm, John S. Wright Center

Areas of Excellence - Ecological Genetics

Related Centers - Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center


Selected Publications:

Pollegioni, P., K. E. Woeste, F. Chiocchini, S. Lungo, I. Olimpieri, V. Tortolano, Clark, G.E. Hemery, S. Mapelli, M.E. Malvolti (2015) Ancient humans influenced the current spatial genetic structure of common walnut populations in Asia. PLoS-ONE.

Rahmani, M-S, N. Shabanian, A. Khadivi-Khub, K.E. Woeste, H. Badakhshan, L. Alikhani. 2015. Population structure and genotypic variation of Crataegus pontica inferred by molecular markers. Gene . IN PRESS.

Chakraborty S., M. Britton, J. Wegrzyn, T. Butterfield, B.J. Rao, C.A. Leslie, M. Aradhaya, D. Neale, K. Woeste, A. M. Dandekar (2015) YeATS - a tool suite for analyzing RNA-seq derived transcriptome identifies a highly transcribed putative extensin in heartwood/sapwood transition zone in black walnut. F1000Research (open source).

McKenna, J.R., W.A. Geyer, K. Woeste, and D. Cassens. 2015. Propagating figured wood in black walnut. Open J. Forestry 5:518-525.

LaBonte, N., M. Ostry, A. Ross-Davis, K. Woeste 2015. Estimating heritability of disease resistance and factors that contribute to long-term survival in butternut (Juglans cinerea L.). Tree Genetics and Genomes 11: 63-74.

Vahdati, K.M., S.M. Pourtaklu. R. Karimi, R. Barzehkar, R. Amiri, M Mozaffari, K. Woeste. 2015. Genetic diversity and gene flow of some Persian walnut populations in southeast of Iran revealed by SSR markers. Plant Systematics and Evolution 301:691:699.

Zerillo, M.M., J.I. Caballero, K. Woeste, A.D. Graves, C. Hartel, J. Pscheidt, J. Tonos, K. Broders, W. Cranshaw, S.J. Seybold, N. Tisserat. 2014. Population Structure of  Geosmithia morbida, the Causal Agent of Thousand Cankers Disease of Walnut Trees in the United States. PLOS ONE ., e112847.

Miller, A., K. Woeste, S.L. Anagnostakis, D.F. Jacobs. IN PRESS. Exploration of a rare population of Chinese chestnut in North America: Stand dynamics, health, and genetic relationships. AOB PLANTS.

Xu, Y., K. Woeste, N. Cai, X. Kang, G. Li, S. Chen, A. Duan. 2014. Variation in needle and cone traits in natural populations of Pinus yunnanensis. Journal of Forestry Research.  IN PRESS.

Pollegioni, P., Woeste, K.E., Chiocchini, F., Olimpieri, I., Tortolano, V., Clark, J., Hemery, G.E., Mapelli, S., Malvolti, M.E. 2014. Landscape genetics of Persian walnut (Juglans regia L.) across its Asian range. Tree Genetics and Genomes.

Parks, A., M. Jenkins, M. Ostry, P. Zhao, K. Woeste 2014. Biotic and abiotic factors affecting the genetic structure and diversity of butternut in the southern Appalachian Mountains, USA. Tree Genetics and Genomes.

Worthen-Alexander, L. and K. Woeste (2014) Pyrosequencing of the northern red oak (Quercus rubra L.) chloroplast genome reveals high quality polymorphisms for population management. Tree Genetics and Genomes. (DOI) 10.1007/s11295-013-0681-1