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322 East Front Street
Boise, ID, 83702
United States


Providing the knowledge and technology required to improve the availability of native plant materials for restoring diverse native plant communities across the Great Basin.

ARS Western Regional Plant Introduction Station

The primary mission of the Plant Germplasm Introduction and Testing Research Unit is to acquire, maintain, evaluate, enhance, characterize, document and distribute assigned genetic resources of the USDA-ARS National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS), and to conduct research related to our primary mission.

RC Johnson, Research Agronomist
USDA ARS Western Regional Plant Introduction Station

59 Johnson Hall, WSU
Pullman, WA 99164

Phone: (509) 335-6654


Research interests include: Plant Genetic Resource Management, Genetics, and Plant Environmental Stress Resistance.

GBNPP Research Project(s):

In Progress
Conservation, Adaptation and Seed Zones for Key Great Basin Species
RC Johnson, Erin Espeland, Matt Horning, Elizabeth Leger, Mike Cashman, and Ken Vance-Borland

Associated Publications:

Johnson, R. C.; Horning, M. E.; Espeland, E.; Vance-Borland, K. 2015. Genetic variation and climate interactions of Poa secunda (Sandberg bluegrass) from the Intermountain Western United States. Evolutionary Applications8: 172-184.

Dugan F. M.;Cashman, M. J.; Johnson, R. C.; Wang, M.; Xianming C. 2014. Differential resistance to stripe rust (Puccinia striiformis) in collections of basin wild rye (Leymus cinereus). Plant Health Progress 15: 34-38.

Johnson, R. C. 2014. Genecology and seed zone research for native forbs and grasses of the interior West. In: Proceedings Society of Ecological Restoration Regional Conference, Redmond, Northwest and Great Basin Chapter; 2014 October 6-10; Redmond, OR.