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Department of Plant Sciences

Physical Address:
E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Rm 242
606 S Rayburn St

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2333
Moscow, ID 83844-2333

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Mike Thornton

Mike Thornton

Parma Chair and Professor

Office

Parma Research and Extension Center

Phone

208-722-6701, Ext. 211

Mailing Address

Parma Research and Extension Center
29603 U of I Lane
Parma, ID 83660-6699

Ph.D., University of Idaho
M.S., Colorado State University
B.S., Washington State University

  • Conduct applied research to resolve production issues identified by the potato and onion industries
  • Potato research focuses on cultural management of new potato cultivars, with emphasis on appearance of specialty cultivars
  • Onion research focuses on thrips control and reducing decay in storage

  • Novy, R.G., J.L. Whitworth, J.C. Stark, B.A. Charlton, S. Yilma, N.R. Knowles, M.J. Pavek, T.L. Brandt, S. Gupta, N. Olsen, M. Thornton, C.R. Brown, D.L. Corsini, J.J. Pavek, S.R. James, D.C. Hane, H. Lozoya-Saldana, and M.L. Vales. 2012. Palisade Russet: A late blight resistant potato cultivar having a low incidence of sugar ends and high specific gravity. American J Potato Research 89:89-101.
  • Toevs, E.A., J.F. Guenthner, A.J. Johnson, C.S. McIntosh and M.K. Thornton. 2011. An industry perspective on all-native and transgenic potatoes. AgBioForm 14(1):14-19.
  • Toevs, E.A., J.F. Guenthner, A.J. Johnson, C.S. McIntosh and M.K. Thornton. 2011. Identity preservation systems for genetically modified potatoes. American J Potato Research 88:303-308.
  • Atkinson, D., M.K. Thornton and J.S. Miller. 2011. Development of Rhizoctonia solani on stems, stolons and tubers of potatoes. II. Efficacy of chemical applications. American J Potato Research 88:96-103.
  • Thornton, M.K., W. Buhrig, and N. Olsen. 2010. The relationship between soil temperature and sugar ends in potato. Potato Research 53:298-296.
  • Thornton, M.K., J. Miller, P. Hutchinson and J. Alvarez. 2010. Response of potatoes to soil-applied insecticides, fungicides and herbicides. Potato Research 53:351-358.
  • Atkinson, D., M.K. Thornton and J.S. Miller. 2010. Development of Rhizoctonia solani on stems, stolons and tubers of potatoes. I. Effect of inoculum source. American J Potato Research 87:374-381.
  • Deweerd, J. W., M.K. Thornton and B. Shafii. 2010. Sprout suppressing residue levels of 1,4dimethylnapthalene (1,4DMN) in potato cultivars. American J Potato Research 87:434-445.
  • Thompson, A.L., S.L. Love, J.R. Sowokinos, M.K. Thornton and C.C. Shock. 2008. Review of the sugar end disorder in potato (Solanum tuberosum, L.). American J. Potato Research. 85:375-386.
  • Nolte, P., J.L. Whitworth, M.K. Thornton and C.S. McIntosh. 2004. Effect of seedborne Potato virus Y on performance of Russet Burbank, Russet Nokotah and Shepody potato. Plant Disease. 88:248-252.

  • Idaho Governor’s Award for Excellence in Agriculture, Technical Innovation, 2012
  • University of Idaho College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean’s Achievement Award, 2001
  • University of Idaho Alumni Service Award, 2001
  • Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Industry Appreciation Award, 1997
  • Idaho Grower Shipper Association Outstanding Service Award, 1996
  • Potato Association of America Graduate Student Paper Awards, First Place, 1990
  • National Potato Council Auxiliary Scholarship, 1989

Contact

Department of Plant Sciences

Physical Address:
E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Rm 242
606 S Rayburn St

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2333
Moscow, ID 83844-2333

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