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My research expertise is in plant molecular breeding with an emphasis on rice genetics and genomics, international agriculture, and developing CRISPR-based gene editing approaches for efficient gene validation and trait development. My primary objective is to 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. I am also leading the AgriLife Research Crop Genome Editing Lab to optimize high-throughput gene editing across a number of diverse crop species.

education and training
selected publications
Academic Articles42
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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  • 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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  • 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).
  • Singh, R. K., Redoña, E., Gregorio, G. B., Salam, M. A., Islam, M. R., Singh, D. P., ... Lang, N. T. (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 Papers6
  • Tsakirpaloglou, N., Wahl, N., Ibarra, O., Septiningsih, E., & Thomson, M. J. (2020). Optimizing a High-throughput Gene Editing Pipeline at the Texas A&M Crop Genome Editing Lab. In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Animal: Journal of the Society for In Vitro Biology. 56(1), S55-S55.
  • Tsakirpaloglou, N., Wahl, N., Ibarra, O., Septiningsih, E., & Thomson, M. J. (2020). Optimizing a High-throughput Gene Editing Pipeline at the Texas A&M Crop Genome Editing Lab. In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Animal: Journal of the Society for In Vitro Biology. 56(SUPPL 1), 55-55.
  • Thomson, M. J., Septiningsih, E., Ibarra, O., Brooks, M., & Wahl, N. (2019). Research and Service Activities at the Crop Genome Editing Lab.. In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Animal: Journal of the Society for In Vitro Biology. 55, S70-S70.
  • Thomson, M. J., de Ocampo, M., Egdane, J., Rahman, M. A., Sajise, A. G., Adorada, D. L., ... Ismail, A. M.,Thomson, M. J., de Ocampo, M., Egdane, J., Akhlasur Rahman, M., Godwin Sajise, A., Adorada, D. L., ... Ismail, A. M. (2010). Characterizing the Saltol Quantitative Trait Locus for Salinity Tolerance in Rice. RICE. 3(2-3), 148-160.
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  • McCouch, S. R., Sweeney, M., Li, J., Jiang, H., Thomson, M., Septiningsih, E., ... Ahn, S. (2007). Identification and transfer of trait-enhancing alleles from wild species. 209-234.
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Principal Investigator1
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