Dan Parfitt

Dan Parfitt

Position Title
Pomologist

Unit
Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

2025 Wickson Hall
Bio

Profile Introduction

Plant Breeding and Plant Germplasm Research - emphasis on pistachio and other tree crops.

Research Interests

Plant breeding, plant genetics, plant germplasm conservation and related issues. Recent activities include pistachio breeding, peach genome analysis, and new crops and technologies.

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Horticulture-Agronomy Graduate Group
  • Integrative Genetics and Genomics

Specialties / Focus

  • Plant Breeding

Professional Societies

  • American Society for Hort.icultural Science
  • AAAS

Degrees

  • 1973 BS University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • 1977 MS University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • 1979 PhD University of Wisconsin, Madison

Publications

Kallsen, C.E. and D.E. Parfitt. ‘Gumdrop’ , a new early harvest pistachio cultivar. 2017. HortSci
52(2):310-312

Parfitt, Dan E., Keizo Yonemori, Chitose Honsho, Mitsunori Nozaka, Shinya Kanzaki, Akihiko
Sato, Masahiko Yamada. Relationships among Asian persimmon cultivars, astringent and
non-astringent types. 2015. Tree Genetics Genomes 11(2): 24 (9 pages)

Fresnedo-Ramírez, Jonathan , Pedro J. Martínez-García, Dan E. Parfitt, Carlos H. Crisosto,
Thomas M. Gradziel. Heterogeneity in the entire genome for three genotypes of Peach [Prunus
persica (L.) Batsch] as distinguished from sequence analysis of genomic variants. 2013. BMC
Genomics 14:750 16p. DOI:10.1186/1471-2164-14-750

Martínez-García, Pedro J. , Jonathan Fresnedo-Ramírez, Dan E. Parfitt,, Richard
Bostock,Thomas M. Gradziel, Carlos H. Crisosto. Application of Genomic and Quantitative
Genetic Tools to Identify Candidate Resistance Genes for Brown Rot Resistance in Peach. 2013.
PlosOne 8(11):e78634 12p. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0078634

Martínez-García, P.J. D.E. Parfitt, E.A. Ogundiwin, J. Fass, H.M. Chan, R. Ahmad, S. Lurie, A. Dandekar,T.M. Gradziel, and C. H. Crisosto. 2012. High Density SNP Mapping and QTL analysis for fruit quality characteristics on peach (Prunus persica L.) Tree Genetics and Genomes. 9:19-36 DOI 10.1007/s11295-012-0522-7

Parfitt, D. E., S. Kafkas, I. Batlle, F.J. Vargas, and C.E. Kallsen. 2012. Pistachio, pp. 803-826. In M.L. Badenes and D.H. Byrne, eds., Fruit Breeding. Springer, New York. 875 p.

Ahmad, R., Parfitt, D.E., Fass, J., Ogundiwin, E., Dhingra, A., Gradziel, T.M., Lin, D. Joshi, N.A., Martinez-Garcia, P.J. and Crisosto, C. 2011. Whole genome sequencing of peach (Prunus persica L.) for SNP identification and selection. BMC Genomics 12:509. DOI:10.1186/1471-2164-12-569

Ahmad, R., Parfitt, D.E., Fass, J., Ogundiwin, E., Dhingra, A., Gradziel, T.M., Lin, D. Joshi, N.A., Martinez-Garcia, P.J. and Crisosto, C. 2011. Whole genome sequencing of peach (Prunus persica L.) for SNP identification and selection. BMC Genomics 12:509. DOI:10.1186/1471-2164-12-569

Ogundiwin, E.A., C.P. Peace, T.M. Gradziel, D.E. Parfitt, F.A. Bliss, and C.H. Crisosto. 2009. A fruit quality gene map of Prunus. BMC Genomics 10:587 doi:10.1186/1471-2164-10-587

Chao, C.T., D.E. Parfitt, L. Ferguson, C. Kallsen, and J. Maranto. 2003. Genetic analysis of phenological traits of pistachio. 2003. Euphytica. 129(3):345-349.

Aradhya, M.K., H.M. Chan, and D.E. Parfitt. 2001. Genetic variability in the pistachio late blight fungus, Alternaria alternata. Mycological Research 105(3):300-306.

Bortiri E., S. Oh, J. Jiang, S. Baggett, A. Granger, C. Weeks, M. Buckingham, D. Potter, and D. Parfitt. 2001. Phylogeny and systematics of the genus Prunus L. (Rosaceae) as determined by sequence analysis of ITS and the chloroplast trnL-trnF spacer DNA. Syst. Bot. 26(4):797-807.

Sanz-Cortés, F., D.E. Parfitt, D. Struss, G. Llácer and M.L. Badenes. 2003. Intraspecific olive diversity assessed with AFLP. Plant Breeding. 122(2):173-177.

Parfitt, D.E., N. Arjmand, and T.J. Michailides. 2003. Resistance to Botryosphaeria dothidea in Pistachio. HortScience 38(4):529-531.

Tingshuang Yi, Jun Wen, Avi Golan-Goldhirsh, Dan E. Parfitt. 2008. Phylogenetics and reticulate evolution in Pistacia (Anacardiaceae). American J. of Botany. 95(2): 241-251.

Yonemori K, Kanzaki S, Parfitt DE, Utsunomiya N, Subhadrabandhu S, and Sugiura A. 1998. Phylogenetic relationship of Diospyros kaki (persimmon) to Diospyros spp. (Ebenaceae) of Thailand and four temperate zone Diospyros spp. from an analysis of RFLP variation in amplified cpDNA 1998. Genome 41:173-182

Parfitt DE and ML Badenes . 1997. Phylogeny of the genus Pistacia as determined from analysis of the chloroplast genome.. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., USA. 94:7987-7992

Fjellstrom RG and DE Parfitt. 1994. Walnut (Juglans spp) diversity determined by restriction fragment length polymorphisms.. Genome. 37:690-700

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