Herb OhmHerbert W Ohm

Distinguished Professor of Agronomy

Department: Agronomy
Office: Lilly 2-377
E-mail: hohm@purdue.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Area of Expertise: Plant Breeding and Genetics


Current Research Areas:

  • Wheat and oat genetics and breeding for important agronomic traits
  • Genetics and breeding for resistance to Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus, Hessian fly, and fungal diseases
  • Application of DNA marker assisted selection in an ongoing plant improvement program

Andy Linvill, Dan McFatridge, Yanyan Liu

Current Graduate Student Advisees:
B. Campbell, J. Fitzgerald, M. Medina, M. Nang, S. Shoaf, J. Skelton, J. Sun, R. Thapa, M. Wali, X. Xiao    

Most Significant Publications:

Francki MG, E Walker, AC Crawford, S Broughton, H Ohm, I Barclay, RE Wilson, and R McLean. 2009. Comparison of genetic and cytogenetic maps of hexaploid wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) using SSR and DArT markers. MGG 281:181-191.

Kong L, JM Anderson, and HW Ohm. 2009. Segregation distortion in common wheat of a segment of Thinopyrum intermedium chromosome 7E carrying Bdv3 and development of a Bdv3 marker. PBR 128:591-597.

Kong L, SE Cambron and HW Ohm. 2008. Hessian fly resistance genes H16 and H17 are mapped to a resistance gene cluster in the distal region of chromosome 1AS in wheat.
Molecular Breeding 21:183-194.

Kong L, HW Ohm, and JM Anderson. 2007. Expression analysis of defense-related genes in wheat in response to infection by Fusarium graminearum. Genome 50:1038-1048.

Shen X and H Ohm. 2007. Molecular mapping of Thinopyrum-derivedFusarium head blight resistance in common wheat. Mol Breeding 20:131-140.

Uphaus J, E Walker, M Shankar, H Golzar, R Loughman, M Francki and H Ohm. 2007. QTL identified for resistance to Stagonospora glume blotch in wheat in the USA and Australia. Crop Sci 47:1813-1822.

Giovanini MP, DP Putoff, JA Nemacheck, O Mittapalli, KD Saltzmann, HW Ohm, RH Shukle, and CE Williams. 2006. Gene-for-gene defense of wheat against the Hessian fly lacks a classical oxidative burst. MPMI 19:1023-1033. (cover article)

Giovanini MP, KD Saltzmann, DP Puthoff, M Gonzalo, HW Ohm, and CE Williams. 2006. A novel wheat gene encoding a putative chitin-binding lectin is associated with resistance against Hessian fly. Molecular Plant Path 8:69-82.

Shen X, and H Ohm. 2006. Fusarium head blight resistance derived from Lophopyrum  elongatum chromosome 7E and its augmentation with Fhb1 in wheat. Plant Breed.  125:424-429.

Agronomy 480 - Plant Genetics
Agronomy 605 - Advanced Plant Breeding
Counsel undergraduate students

Professional Experience:
Distinguished Professor, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University, 2004-2013
Professor, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University, 1983-2004
Associate Professor, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University, 1977-1983
Assistant Professor, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University, 1972-1977

Awards and Honors:
Meritorious Service Award; Scientific, Technical and Research Commission of the
   Organization of African Unity, 1989 (contributions to Semi-Arid Food Grains Research and
   Development, West Africa)
Crops and Soils Merit Award, Indiana Crop Improvement Association, 1990
Fellow, Crop Science Society of America, 1990
Fellow, American Society of Agronomy, 1991
Agronomic Achievement-Crops, American Society of Agronomy, 1994
School of Agriculture Team Award, Purdue University, 2000
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2001
Certificate of Distinction, Purdue Ag Alumni Association, 2005
NCCPB Genetics and Plant Breeding Award, 2010

B.S., University of Minnesota, 1967
M.S., North Dakota State University, 1969
Ph.D., Purdue University, 1972

Date joined staff:  January 1972​