Thomas M. Davis
  • Our research focuses on understanding polyploid genome composition and evolution in economically important plants, including strawberries (Fragaria species), and quinoa (plus other wild Chenopodium species, such as lambsquarters).

  • Our strawberry breeding program aims to release new cultivars of several types: varieties with flavorful fruit for fall production; varieties that can be grown from seed; ornamentals with colorful flowers.

  • We also develop genomic resources (genetic maps, genome assemblies) and genotyping tools (SNP array, etc.) for implementation of marker-assisted breeding. 

Slideshow of research photos

  • Strawberry flower bud

    Strawberry flower bud

  • Fragaria vesca ssp. vesca 'Hawaii'

    Fragaria vesca ssp. vesca 'Hawaii'

  • Strawberry stamens and pistils

    Strawberry stamens and pistils

  • Pink strawberry flower

    Pink strawberry flower

  • Quinoa seeds

    Quinoa seeds

  • Chenopodium, Odiorne State Park

    Chenopodium, Odiorne State Park