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N. Richard Knowles


(WSU faculty member since 1999)

N. Richard Knowles

Contact Info

Office: Johnson Hall 43
Phone: 509.335.3451

Areas of Interest

  • Potato agronomy, physiology, and variety development

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Horticulture, Washington State University
  • M.S., Horticulture, Michigan State University
  • B.Sc. (honours), Biology, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

Work Experience

  • Professor of Plant Science, Dept. of Agriculture, Food, and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Assistant Professor of Plant Science, Dept. of Plant Science, University of British Columbia

Teaching Responsibilities

  • HORT 490/590 (U of Idaho PLSC 490/590) guest lectures
  • Horticulture and Molecular Plant Sciences Graduate Programs

Program Personnel

  • G.N.M. Kumar, Associate Research Professor
  • Lisa O. Knowles, Assistant Research Professor
  • Nora Fuller, Ag. Research Tech. 3
  • Jacob M. Blauer (PhD candidate, MPS Program, 2008-2013)
  • Daniel H. Zommick (PhD candidate, Horticulture, 2008-2013)
  • Rudy Garza, Plant Tech 3 (Othello)
  • Josh Rodriquez, Farmer 2 (Othello)

Selected Publications

(*corresponding author)

Novy, R.G., J.L. Whitworth, J.C. Stark, B.A. Charlton, S. Yilma, N.R. Knowles, M.J. Pavek, et al.  2012.  Palisade Russet:  A late blight resistant potato cultivar. Am. J. Pot. Res. 89: 89-101.

Weeda, S.M., Kumar, G.N.M. and N.R. Knowles*. 2011. Protein mobilization from potato tubers during long-term storage and daughter tuber formation.  Int’l. J. Plant Sci. 172: 459-470.

Kumar, G.N.M., Lulai, E.C., Suttle, J.C. and N.R. Knowles*.  2010.  Age-induced loss of wound-healing ability in potato tubers is partly regulated by ABA.  Planta 232: 1433-1445.

Weeda, S.M., Kumar, G.N.M. and N.R. Knowles*.  2010.  Correlative changes in proteases and protease inhibitors during mobilization of protein from potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) seed-tubers.  Functional Plant Biology 37: 32-42.

Nissen, M., Youn, B., Knowles, D.B., Ballinger, J.W., Lam, K.S., Kumar, G.N.M., Knowles, N.R., and ChulHee Kang.  2009.  Characterization of potato multicystatin and its structural comparison with other cystatins.  Plant Cell 21: 861-875.

Knowles, N.R.*, Driskill E.P. Jr., and L.O. Knowles. 2009.  Sweetening responses of potato tubers of different maturity to conventional and non-conventional storage temperature regimes.  Postharvest Biol. Tech. 52: 49-61.