Ph.D, University of Illinois, 1988
B.S., Visayas State College of Agriculture (Philippines), 1983
Areas of Interest
Maize breeding and statistical genetics
Dr. Rex Bernardo is Professor and Endowed Chair in Corn Breeding and Genetics. He obtained his undergraduate degree in the Philippines in 1984 and his Ph.D. degree in plant breeding from the University of Illinois in the USA in 1988. Dr. Bernardo developed the widely used GBLUP procedure in 1994, and most of his work has focused on marker-assisted breeding. Dr. Bernardo is Director of the Plant Breeding Center at Minnesota, has written two textbooks, and teaches graduate courses in plant breeding and in professional skills for scientists.
Breeding for Quantitative Traits in Plants(Agro 8202, 3 credits) Professional Skills for Scientists(CFAN 8101, 2 credits)
I discover new ways of breeding corn by harnessing new technologies and exploiting different types of data routinely generated in a breeding program. Current work includes genomewide prediction, targeted recombination for quantitative traits, and refined breeding schemes (plus a side project on sweet corn breeding).
Young Crop Scientist Award, Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), 1999
Fellow, CSSA, 2005
Fellow, American Society of Agronomy, 2005
Plant Breeding Impact Award, National Association of Plant Breeders, 2015
Crop Science Research Award, CSSA, 2019
Bernardo, R. 2002. Breeding for Quantitative Traits in Plants. Stemma Press, Woodbury, MN.(369 pages, ISBN 0-9720724-0-3)
Bernardo, R. 2014. Essentials of Plant Breeding. Stemma Press, Woodbury, MN (260 pages, ISBN 978-0-9720724-2-7)