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Curriculum Vitae

Dr. G. Craig Yencho
Department of Horticulture
214 Kilgore Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695
Phone: 919.513.7417
Email: Craig_Yencho@ncsu.edu
Web: http://potatoes.ncsu.edu/Yencho.html

Academic Rank Associate Professor

Research Interests
Potato and Sweetpotato Breeding, Applications of Molecular Biology and Plant Biochemistry to Plant Improvement, Plant Resistance to Insects and Pathogens, International Development

Training

Ph.D. Cornell University Entomology, Plant Breeding (Minor) 1993
M.S. Washington State University Entomology 1985
B.S. Pennsylvania State University Bioscience 1982

Professional Experience

2003-present Associate Professor and Leader, Sweetpotato and Potato Breeding
and Genetics Programs
, Dept. of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University
1997-2003 Assistant Professor and Leader, Sweetpotato and Potato Breeding
and Genetics Programs
, Dept. of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University,
1996-1997 Visiting Assistant Professor and Leader, Potato Breeding and
Genetics Program
, Dept. of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University
1995-1996 Senior Research Fellow, Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT), Cali, Colombia
1993-1995 Research Associate, Dept. of Plant Breeding, Cornell University
1989-1993 Graduate Research Assistant, Ph.D., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
1988-1989 Research Assistant, Texas A&M Agric. Res. Stn., Corpus Christy, TX
1985-1987 Volunteer, U.S. Peace Corps, St. Kitts Sugar Manufac. Corp./Caibbean
Agric. Res.and Devlp. Instit. Integrated Pest Control Unit, St. Kitts, West Indies.
1983-1985 Graduate Research Assistant, Dept. of Entomology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Professional Memberships and Activities

American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Society for Horticultural Science
American Society for Horticultural Science, Southern Region
International Society for Horticultural Science - 1997-present
International Society for Tropical Root and Tuber Crops - 1997-present
NE-184 Potato Variety Development Project-NC Project Coordinator
The Potato Association of America
  • Secretary, Breeding and Genetics Committee,1997-1998
  • Vice-chair, Breeding and Genetics Committee, 1998-1999
  • Chair, Breeding and Genetics Committee, 1999-2000
  • Sweetpotato Collaborators Group, 1997-present
    Advisor, Sweetpotato Crop Advisory Committee, 1997-present
    Advisor, Sweetpotato Micropropagation Center, NCSU, 1997-present
    Advisor, CALS International Activities Committee, NCSU, 2002-present

    Plant Varieties Released

    Potato
    2007 - Peter Wilcox; USDA-ARS with NCSU, VA Tech, Rutgers, PSU, UF, UM,and CU
    2003 - Harley Blackwell; USDA-ARS with NCSU, VA Tech, Rutgers, PSU, UF, UM,and CU
    2001 - Amey; USDA-ARS with NCSU, VA Tech, Rutgers, PSU, UF, UM,and CU
    Sweetpotato
    2007 - Sweet Caroline Red (US PP17,483)
    2006 - Sweet Caroline Green Yellow (PPAF); Sweet Caroline Bewitched Purple (PPAF); Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Light Green; (PPAF) Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Purple (PPAF); Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Red (PPAF)
    2005 - Covington (PPAF)
    2004 - Sweet Caroline Light Green (US PP15,028); Sweet Caroline Green (US PP15,056); Sweet Caroline Purple (US PP14,912); Sweet Caroline Bronze (US PP15,437)
    1999 - Carolina Ruby

    Vernon G. James Research and Extension Center, NCSU Phone: (252) 793-4428. Fax: (252) 793-5142.
    Problems or Comments? Contact Mark_Clough@ncsu.edu. Updated: January 3, 2008