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David Livingston

USDA Professor

Plant Physiology


Headhouse Unit 3 At Method 200


Dr. Livingston received his Ph.D. in 1988 at Michigan State University in Plant Breeding and Physiology. He coordinated the oat breeding project at Pennsylvania State University from 1988 until 1994 when he was transferred by the USDA to North Carolina State University. He now serves as project leader for a winter hardiness evaluation program, which involves basic and applied research on thermodynamic, genetic, and physiologic factors affecting tolerance of small grains to abiotic stresses caused primarily by exposure to freezing temperatures.

Dr. Livingston

  • Develops improved methods for identifying winter cereal germplasm with elite freezing tolerance mechanisms
  • Uses thermodynamic and physiological measurements to identify mechanisms of freezing tolerance
  • Participates with other ARS and public university programs in a national small grain enhancement effort




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