Staff Profile

Dr Ron Beatson
Science Group Leader, Premium Crops
Breeding & Genomics

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Dr Ron Beatson


BAgrSci, Massey University, New Zealand
MAgrSci (Hons), Massey University, New Zealand
PhD, North Carolina State University, USA

Research Interests & Activities

Genotype x environment (regional) studies; advanced selections trials; quantitative genetics studies; polyploidy breeding; recurrent selection procedures; new cultivar development; interspecific hybridisation; germplasm evaluation & collection; disease resistance breeding; breeding for secondary plant metabolites; plant variety rights; project management of plant breeding programmes.

International Collaboration

Member of Scientific Committee, 1st ISHS Humulus Symposium, OSU, Corvallis, OR, US August 2004
Member of Scientific Committee, 2nd ISHS Humulus Symposium, Ghent, Belgium, September, 2008

Honours & Awards

International Hop Award; ‘Knight of the Order of the Hop’, 1999
Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture Plant Raisers Award (for hop breeding), 1994
HortResearch Chairman’s Award, 2006

Professional Memberships

Member, New Zealand Institute of Agriculture & Horticulture (NZIAHS)
Member, Scientific Commission of International Hop Growers’ Convention (IHGC)
International Guild of Brewing - Asia/Pacific Section member
International Society of Horticultural Science

Key Publications

Beatson RA, Alspach PA, Currie AJ, Harris-Virgin PM & White A. Genetic parameters for fruit traits of interspecific Actinidia hybrids. Proc. VIIth IS on Kiwifruit, Acta Hort. 913, 89-96 (ISHS 2011)
Beatson RA & Alspach PA. 2009. The use of empirical breeding values to improve genetic progress in hops. Acta Hort 848: 93-100.
Buck E, Wiedow C & Beatson R. 2009. Validation of new gender specific markers for hops (Humulus lupulus L.). [Acta Hort (in press)]
Stephens, M.J.; J. Scalzo; P.A. Alspach; R.A. Beatson and A.M. Connor. 2009. Genetic variation and covariation of yield and phytochemical traits in a red raspberry factorial study. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science 134:445-452.
Beatson RA, Datson PM, Harris-Virgin PM and Graham LT. 2007. Progress in the Breeding of Novel Interspecific Actinidia Hybrids. Acta Hort. 753:147-151.
Beatson ,RA Alspach PA and Harris-Virgin PM (2009). Genetic parameters for fruit traits of Actinidia arguta (Sieb & Zucc.) Planch. Ex Miq. Proceedings of the Australasian Plant Breeding Conference, Cairns Australia, 10-14 August, 2009. SABRAO Journal of Breeding & Genetics. 41 Special Supplement, August 2009 (CD-ROM ISSN 1029-7073)
Beatson RA & Alspach P. 2007. Breeding & Development of Triploid Hop Aroma Cultivars. International Hop Growers Commission, Scientific Committee Proceedings pp 18-21.
Buck E, Wiedow C & Beatson R. 2007. Molecular Marker Development & Use in the NZ Hop Breeding Programme International Hop Growers Commission, Scientific Committee Proceedings pp 22-25.
Beatson RA. 2006. Breeding of aroma hops (Humulus lupulus L.) in NZ. APBC Proceedings, Christchurch NZ April 2006, (CD-ROM) ISBN 978-0-86476-167-8.

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