Bill Hoch - Associate Professor, Ph. D from University of Wisconsin at Madison
Office: 409 Leon Johnson Hall
Lab: 337 Plant BioScience Building
I am working on improvement of the oilseed crop Camelina sativa, which has a variety of potentially major applications for both the oil and meal. This work is directed primarily in two areas: increasing the content of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential in the human diet and have a number of health benefits, and reducing the content of glucosinolates, which decrease palatability of the meal.
I am also involved in the improvement of woody nursery crops, including Viburnum, Spiraea and Betula. One recent focus is the development of DNA markers in Viburnum for use in marker-assisted breeding and evolutionary studies.
- HORT 231 Woody Ornamentals
- HORT 232 Herbaceous Ornamentals
- HORT 447 Advanced Plant Propagation
- HORT 485 Horticulture Capstone I (fall)
- HORT 486R Horticulture Capstone II (spring)
- B.S. Horticulture University of Wisconsin-Madison 1995
- M.S. Horticulture University of Wisconsin-Madison 1998
- Ph.D. Crop Physiology University of Wisconsin-Madison 2003
MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES
- International Plant Propagators Society
- Montana Nursery and Landscape Association
- North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture
PUBLICATIONS FROM 1998 TO PRESENT
Al-Niemi, T., N.F. Weeden, B.H. McCown and W.A. Hoch. 2012. Genetic analysis of an interspecific cross in ornamental viburnum (Viburnum). J. Hered. 103:2-12.
Hoch, W.A. and T. A.O. Dougher. 2011. Student perceptions of hybrid vs traditional courses: a case study in plant identification. NACTA Journal. 55:8-13.
Backes, C.L. and W.A. Hoch. 2010. In vitro propagation of wavy-leaved Indian paintbrush
(Castilleja applegatei Fern.). Sci. Hortic. 126:475-479.
Wilson, R.L. and W.A. Hoch. 2009. Identification of sterile, noninvasive cultivars of Japanese spirea. HortScience. 44:2031–2034.Hoch, W.A., M. F. Carpinelli and T. Weaver. 2009. Seasonality of potential stem photosynthesis / respiration in four hardwoods. Int. J. Sci. 15:18-25.
Hoch, W.A. and B.H. McCown. 2004. Resistance to the birch leafminer (Fenusa pusilla) within the Betula section Costatae is recessive and displays a gene dosage effect. Acta Hort. 630:53-55
Hoch, W.A., P.A. Weston and B.H. McCown. 2004. The potential of breeding for resistance to the introduced pest, viburnum leaf beetle (Pyrrhalta viburni). Acta Hort. 630:65-69
Hoch, W.A., E. L. Singsaas and B.H. McCown. 2003. Resorption protection: anthocyanins facilitate nutrient recovery in autumn by shielding leaves from potentially damaging light levels. Plant Physiol. 133: 1296-1305.
Hoch, W.A., G. Jung and B.H. McCown. 2002. Effectiveness of interspecific hybridization for incorporation of birch leafminer (Fenusa pusilla) resistance into white-barked Betula. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 127: 957-962.
Hoch, W.A., E.L. Zeldin and B.H. McCown 2001. The physiological significance of anthocyanins during autumnal leaf senescence. Tree Physiol. 21: 1-8.
Hoch, W.A., E.L. Zeldin and B.H. McCown 2000. Resistance to the birch leafminer Fenusa pusilla (Hymenoptera: Tenthredinidae) within the genus Betula. J. Econ. Entomol. 93: 1810-1813.