Luther Talbert

Luther Talbert, Professor, PhD. from University of Wisconsin, 1985.

Office: 406 Leon Johnson Hall
Lab: 419 Leon Johnson Hall

Office Phone: 406-994-5060
Lab Phone: 406-994-4899

Fax: 406-994-1848
Email Dr. Talbert


Plant breeding and molecular genetics emphasizing incorporation of both traditional and molecular approaches in the improvement of wheat.


Primary responsibility is the development of spring wheat varieties for Montana farmers. Research program focuses on experiments related to the genetic improvement of wheat. Teaching responsibilities include BIOB 377 (Practical Genetics), BIOB 375 (General Genetics) and BIOB 160 (Principles of Living Systems)


  • B.S. Crop Science North Carolina State University 1980
  • M.S. Crop Science North Carolina State University 1982
  • Ph.D. Pl. Breeding and Genetics University of Wisconsin 1985


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Crop Science Society of America


  • Technical Editor, Crop Science (2009-2011)
  • Development of Spring Wheat Varieties (Montana Wheat and Barley Committee and MAES)
  • Improving Wheat and Barley for a Changing Climate (USDA-AFRI Project)
  • Genetics of Wheat Stem Sawfly Resistance (USDA-AFRI Project)
  • Training Plant Breeders for the 21st Century (USDA National Needs Project)
  • Hard White Wheat Development (Montana Board of Research and Commercialization)


  • National Wheat Improvement Committee


  • BIOB 375 (General Genetics)
  • BIOB 160 (Principles of Living Systems)
  • BIOB 377 (Practical Genetics)


Refereed Journals

Blake, N. K., R. N. Stougaard, D.K. Weaver, J. D. Sherman, S. P. Lanning, Y. Naruoka, Q. Xue J. M. Martin and L. E. Talbert.  2011.  Identification of a quantitative trait locus for resistance to Sitodiplosis mosellana (Gehin), the orange wheat blossom midge, in spring wheat.  Plant Breeding 130:25-30.

Blake, N.K., S.P. Lanning, J. E. Berg, P. L. Bruckner, J. D. Sherman and L.E. Talbert.  2011. Registration of spring and winter habit wheat lines derived from elite cultivars of the alternate growth habit.  J. Plant Reg., in press.

Akhunov E, J Dubcovsky , J Dvorak, MC Luo, PS Baenziger, R Matnyazov, DR Clark, L Talbert, JA Anderson, S Dreisigacker, K Glover, J Chen, K Campbell, PL Bruckner, JC Rudd, S Haley, BF Carver, R Sims, ME Sorrells, S Chao.  2010.  Genome- and population-specific patterns of linkage disequilibrium and SNP variation in spring and winter polyploid wheat. BMC Genomics 11:727.

Akhunov, Eduard D., Alina R. Akhunova, Olin D. Anderson, James A. Anderson, Nancy Blake, Michael T. Clegg, Devin Coleman-Derr, Emily E. Conley, Curt C. Crossman, Karin R. Deal, Jorge Dubcovsky, Bikram S. Gill, Yong Q. Gu, Jakub Hadam, Hwayoung Heo, Naxin Huo, Gerard R. Lazo, Ming-Cheng Luo, Yaqin Q. Ma, David E. Matthews,  Patrick E. McGuire, Peter L. Morrell, Calvin O. Qualset, James Renfro, Dindo Tabanao, Luther E. Talbert, Chao Tian, Donna M. Toleno, Marilyn L. Warburton, Frank You, Wenjun Zhang, and Jan Dvorak.  2010.  Nucleotide diversity maps reveal variation in diversity among wheat genomes and chromosomes. BMC Genomics 11:702.

Lanning, S. P., K. Kephart, G. R. Carlson, J. E. Eckhoff, R. N. Stougaard, D. M. Wichman, J. M. Martin, and L. E. Talbert.  2010.  Climatic change and performance of hard red spring wheat from 1950-2007.  Crop Sci. 50: 835-841.

Sherman, J. D., D. K. Weaver, M. Hofland, M. Butelar, S. P. Lanning, Y. Naruoka, F. Crutcher, N. K. Blake, J. M. Martin, P. Lamb, G. Carlson, and L. E. Talbert.  2010.  Identification of novel QTL for sawfly resistance in wheat.  Crop Sci. 50: 73-86.

Luo, M. C., Deal, K. R., Akhunov ED, Akhunova AR, Anderson OD, Anderson JA, Blake N, Clegg MT, Coleman-Derr D, Conley EJ, Crossman CC, Dubcovsky J, Gill BS, Gu YQ, Hadam J, Heo HY, Huo N, Lazo G, Lundy KE, Ma YQ, Matthews DE, McGuire PE, Morrel PE, Qualset CO, Renfro J, Tabanao D, Talbert LE, Tian C, Toleno D, Warburton M, You F, Zhang W, and J. Dvorak.  2009.  Genome comparisons reveal a dominant mechanism of chromosome number reduction in grasses and accelerated genome evolution in Triticeae.  Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 106:15780-15785.

Weaver, D. K., M. Buteler, M. L. Hofland, J. B. Runyon, C. Nansen, L. E. Talbert, and G. R. Carlson.  2009.  Cultivar preferences of ovipositing wheat stem sawflies as influenced by the amounts of volatile attractants.  J. Econ. Entomol. 102:1009-1017.

Blake, N.K., S. P. Lanning, J. M. Martin, M. Doyle, J. D. Sherman, Y. Naruoka, and L. E. Talbert.  2009.   Effect of variation for major growth habit genes on maturity and yield in five spring wheat populations.  Crop Sci. 49:1211-1220.

Sherman, J. D., S. P. Lanning, D. Clark, and L. E. Talbert.  2008. Registration of near-isogenic hard-textured wheat lines differing for the presence of a high grain protein gene.  J. Plant. Reg. 2:162-164.

Sherman, J. D., E. Souza, D. See, and L. E. Talbert.  2008. Microsatellite markers for kernel color genes in wheat.  Crop Sci. 48:1419-1424.

Martin, J. M., J. D. Sherman, S. P. Lanning, L. E. Talbert, and M. J. Giroux.  2008.  Effect of variation at the waxy and puroindoline loci on bread quality in a hard spring wheat cross.  Cereal Chem. 85:266-269.

Lacerenza, J. A., J. M. Martin, L. E. Talbert, S. P. Lanning, and M. J. Giroux.  2008.  Relationship of ethanol yield to agronomic and seed quality characteristics in small grains.  Cereal Chem. 85:322-328.

Lanning, S. P., N. K. Blake, J. D. Sherman, and L. E. Talbert.  2008.  Variable production of hexaploid and tetraploid progeny lines from spring wheat by durum wheat crosses.  Crop Sci. 48:199-201.