Faculty

Jorge A. Mosjidis
Professor

Contact Information:

256 Funchess Hall
334-844-3976
mosjija@auburn.edu

http://www.ag.auburn.edu
/agronomy/mosjidis/


Selected Publications
 

Education :
Ph.D., 1981, Univ. of California, Riverside (Genetics)
BS, 1970, Univ. de Chile, Santiago (Crop Science)

Professional Experience:
1996 : Professor, Auburn University
1990 : Associate Professor, Auburn University
1985 : Assistant Professor, Auburn University
1976 : Assistant Professor, University of Chile

Professional Activities:
     Conducts research and serves as the Project Leader for breeding of forage legumes. My breeding program has two main objectives: basic research and development and utilization of new cultivars of several species for use as forage and cover crops. Basic research comprises three main areas. The first is to identify and evaluate molecular, physiological and morphological traits that can be used as selection criteria in developing germplasm of forages with enhanced persistence, tolerance to environmental stress, yield, seedling vigor and disease resistance . The second is to study population genetics, genetic structure and genotype-environment interactions to formulate selection strategies conducive to the development of improved germplasm through conventional and unconventional breeding techniques. The third is to assist and advise the National Plant Germplasm System in the evaluation and maintenance of germplasm of forage legume crops and cool season grain legumes.
     Cultivar development has focused on sunn hemp ( Crotalaria juncea L.), sericea lespedeza [ Lespedeza cuneata (Dumont de Courset) G. Don], hairy vetch ( Vicia villosa L.), common vetch ( Vicia sativa L.), caley peas ( Lathyrus hirsutus L.) crimson clover ( Trifolium incarnatum L.), red clover ( T. pratense L.), and white clover ( T. repens L.). Besides the use of these plants as forage and cover crops, research on utilization is focusing on 1) evaluation of yield benefits and reduction of the incidence of viral damage in vegetable crops when these plants are use as mulches ; 2) use of sericea lespedeza as an anthelmintic plant; 3) use of sericea lespedeza hay as a supplement for several animal species.

Honors and Awards:
  • Personal information included in AcademicKeys Who's Who in Agriculture Higher Education, 2003
  • Invited by The Haworth Press, Inc., to review the book "Crop Improvement: Challenges for the Twenty-First Century" edited by Dr. Manjit S. Kang, May 2001.
  • Recognized for services as Associate Editor of the Crop Science Society of America, 7 November 2000.
  • Appointed Associate Editor of the journal Crop Science for a second three-year term beginning January 1, 1998.
  • Biographical sketch included in Who's Who in the South and Southwest, a companion volume to Who's Who in America, Marquis Who's Who-MacMillan Directory Division, 25th Edition 1997-1998.
  • Reappointed member of Auburn University's Graduate Faculty, March 15, 1996, for a seven-year period (1996-2003).
  • Appointed Associate Editor of the journal Crop Science for the term 1995-1997.
  • Biographical sketch included in Men of Achievement, Sixteenth Edition (1994), Seventeenth Edition (1996) International Biographical Centre, England.
  • Biographical sketch included in Who's Who in the World, a companion volume to Who's Who in America, Marquis Who's Who-MacMillan Directory Division. Twelfth Edition 1995-1996 to Seventeenth Edition 1999-2000.
  • Travel Grant awarded in 1992 by the American Forage and Grassland Council to participate at the XVII International Grassland Congress held in Palmerston North, New Zealand and Queensland, Australia, February 8-21, 1993.
  • Elected member of The Honor Society of Agriculture Gamma Sigma Delta, May 26, 1992
  • Biographical sketch included in Who's Who in Science and Engineering, a companion volume to Who's Who in America, Marquis Who's Who-MacMillan Directory Division. First edition 1992-1993. Second edition 1994-1995. Third edition 1996-1997.
  • Tenure status awarded by Auburn University on February 22, 1990, effective September 1990.
  • Appointed member of Auburn University's Graduate Faculty, December 12, 1988.
  • Elected member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, Auburn University Chapter, 1987.
  • Practical training at the University of California, Riverside, sponsored by the Fulbright Commission, October 1981 to June 1982.
  • Fulbright grant, awarded by the Fulbright Commission for Educational Interchange between the USA and Chile, August 1976 to September 1981.
  • Hays grant, awarded by the Fulbright Commission for Educational Interchange between the USA and Chile, August 1976.
  • Graduated with Distinction in Agronomy (equivalent to High Honors), University of Chile, 1970.
  • Research Fellowship from the Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (Institute of Agriculture and Animal Research), Oil Crops Program, Santiago, Chile, January to July 1970.
Professional Societies Membership:
  • S-9 Technical Committee on the introduction, multiplication, and evaluation of new plants for agricultural and industrial uses and the preservation of valuable germplasm, 2003
  • Clover and Special Purpose Legume Crop Germplasm Committee (CSPL CGC), 2003 to present.
  • Editorial Board, Crop Science Society of America 1995-2000.
  • Associate Editor of the journal Crop Science, 1995-2000.
  • Cool Season Food Legume Crop Germplasm Committee (CSFL CGC), 2000 to present.
  • Fifteenth Trifolium Conference, 1996-1998.
  • Faculty Handbook Review Committee, 2003-06
  • Search Committee - Interim Assistant Provost for Multicultural Affairs, 2002
  • Variety Improvement and Release,1985 to present Member, College of Agriculture Dean's Faculty Advisory Committee,2000-2001

Courses:

AGRN 7160 Genetic Data Analysis
AGRN 7250 Crop Physiology

   
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