overview

My research focuses on plant molecular genetics with an emphasis on rice genetics and genomics, molecular breeding, and international agriculture. My primary interest is to help bridge the gap between exploring genetic diversity held in crop gene banks with practical use in plant breeding programs to accelerate rice improvement. Research activities include genome editing with CRISPR/Cas9, characterizing SNP haplotypes using whole genome sequence data, developing functional markers, and exploring methods to increase the rate of genetic gain in rice breeding programs. My program is based in College Station, but I work closely with rice scientists in the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center in Beaumont, Texas and collaborators around the world. My goal is to rapidly apply new genetics discoveries to rice improvement to help Texas producers and rice farmers around the world produce higher yields of superior quality rice in an environmentally sustainable manner.

education and training
selected publications
Academic Articles41
Chapters4
  • Ismail, A. M., & Thomson, M. J. (2011). Molecular breeding of rice for problem soils. Root Genomics. (pp. 289-311). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
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  • Ismail, A. M., Thomson, M. J., Vergara, G. V., Rahman, M. A., Singh, R. K., Gregorio, G. B., & Mackill, D. J. (2010). Designing resilient rice varieties for coastal deltas using modern breeding tools. Tropical Deltas and Coastal Zones: Food Production, Communities and Environment at the Land-Water Interface. (pp. 154-165).
  • Thomson, M. J., Ismail, A. M., McCouch, S. R., & Mackill, D. J. (2010). Marker assisted breeding. Abiotic Stress Adaptation in Plants: Physiological, Molecular and Genomic Foundation. (pp. 451-469). Springer Netherlands.
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  • (2010). The right rice in the right place: Systematic exchange and farmer-based evaluation of rice germplasm for salt-affected areas. Tropical Deltas and Coastal Zones: Food Production, Communities and Environment at the Land-Water Interface. (pp. 166-182).
Conference Papers4
Email
m.thomson@tamu.edu
First Name
Michael
Last Name
Thomson
mailing address
Texas A&M University; Soil & Crop Science; 2474 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-2474
USA