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Department of Plant Pathology

Jared Crain, Ph.D.

Dr. Plant Pathology

Research Assistant Professor

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Kansas State University
4024 Throckmorton PSC
1712 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS 66506

Ph: +1-785-532-6176
Fx: +1-785-532-5692


  • Ph.D. Genetics, Kansas State University, 2016
  • M.S. Plant & Soil Science, Oklahoma State University, 2012
  • B.S. Plant & Soil Science, Oklahoma State University, 2010


  • Crain, J., Haghighattalab, A., DeHaan, L., & Poland, J. (2021). Development of whole genome prediction models to increase the rate of genetic gain in intermediate wheatgrass (Thinopyrum intermedium) breeding. The Plant Genome. e20089.

  • Crain, J., DeHaan, L, & Poland, J. (2021). Genomic selection enables rapid selection of high-performing genets in an intermediate wheatgrass (Thinopyrum intermedium) breeding program. The Plant Genome. e20080. https://doi.org/10.1002/tpg2.20080.

  • Altendorf, K., Larson, S., DeHaan, L., Crain, J., Neyhart, J., Dorn, K., & Anderson, J. (2021). Nested association mapping reveals the genetic architecture of spike emergence and anthesis timing in intermediate wheatgrass. G3 Genes|Genomes|Genetics https://doi.org/10.1093/g3journal/jkab025.

  • Crain, J., Larson, S., Dorn, K., Kantarski, T., DeHaan, L., & Poland, J. (2020). Sequenced based paternity analysis to improve breeding and identify self-incompatibility loci in intermedate wheatgrass (Thinopyrum intermedium). Theoretical and Applied Genetics 133(11), 3217-3233.

  • Crain, J., Bajgain, P., Anderson, J., Zhang, X., DeHaan, L., & Poland, J. (2020). Enhancing crop domestication through genomic selection, a case study of intermediate wheatgrass. Frontiers in Plant Science 11, 319.


Dr. Crain is evaluating how genomic selection and association mapping can be used to enhance the IWG breeding cycle.