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Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences


Primary research interest is in understanding the genetic basis of how plants tolerate stressful soil environments, and how that tolerance varies between populations. Works with both agricultural crops and rare plants that are restricted to stressful soil types. Dr. Bishop-von Wettberg utilizes genetic model organisms, such as Arabidopsis and Medicago, to develop tools to be used to improve crops and protect rare species.
Current work examines the tolerance of low phosphorus pine rockland soils by native South Florida legumes, conservation genetics of the federally endangered Keys Tree Cactus, population genetics of domestication in chickpea, and salt tolerance of wild alfalfa. His lab utilizes a range of experimental tools, from field experiments to next-generation sequencing.

Please visit the following link to view Dr. Bishop-von Wettberg’s current projects


  • Cordeiro MA, Moriuchi KS, Fotinos TD, Miller KE, Nuzhdin SV, von Wettberg EJ, Cook, DR.  2014 Germination and early seedling root growth reveal patterns for salinity adaptation in the annual legume Medicago truncatulaAmerican Journal of Botany 101: 488-498.
  • Fotinos TD, Namoff S, Lewis C, Griffith MP, Maschinski J, von Wettberg EJ 2015 Genetic evaluation of a reintroduction of Sargent’s Cherry Palm, Pseudophoenix sargentiiJournal of the Torrey Botanical Society, 142(1):51-62. 2015 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3159/TORREY-D-14-00004.1
  • Friesen ML, von Wettberg EJ, Badri M, Moriuchi KS, Barhoumi F, Cuellar-Ortiz S, Chang PL, Cordeiro MA, Vu WT, Arrouadi S, Djebali N, Zribi K, Badri Y, Porter SS, Aouani ME, Cook DR, Strauss SY, Nuzhdin SV. 2014 The ecological basis of salinity adaptation in Tunisian Medicago truncatula. BMC Genomics. 15: 1160.
  • Oleas, NH, von Wettberg EJ, Negron-Ortiz V. 2014 Population Genetics of the Federally Threatened Miccosukee Gooseberry (Ribes echinellum), an endemic North American species. Conservation Genetics 15:749-755
  • Roorkiwal M, von Wettberg EJ, Upadhyaya HD, Warschefsky EJ, Rathore A, Varshney RV. 2014 Exploring germplasm diversity to understand the domestication process in Cicer spp. using SNP and DArT markers.  PLoS ONE 9(7): e102016. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.102016.
  • Saxena RK, von Wettberg EJ, Upadhyaya HD, Sanchez V, Songok S, Saxena KB, Kimerto P, Varshney RK. 2014 Genetic diversity and demographic history of Cajanus spp. illustrated from genome-wide SNPs.  PLoS ONE, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0088568
  • Toker C, Berger J, Kahraman A,  Aydogan A, Can C, Bukun B, Penmetsa RV, von Wettberg EJ,  Cook DR. Cicer reticulatum Ladizinsky, progenitor of the cultivated chickpea (C. arietinum L.).  Legume Perspectives, Issue 5, p26-27
  • von Wettberg EJ, Vance W, and Rowland, D.  2014.  News and Views: The Park Grass Experiment and Next Generation Approaches: Local adaptation of Sweet Vernal Grass revisited.  Molecular Ecology, 23, 5931-5933. DOI: 10.1111/mec.13007
  • Warschefsky, EJ, Penmetsa RV, Cook DR, and von Wettberg EJ 2014 Back to the wilds: tapping evolutionary adaptations for resilient crops through systematic hybridization with crop wild relatives, American Journal of Botany, 101:1791-1800

Eric Bishop-von Wettberg

11200 SW 8th St, AHC1 318B

Miami, FL 33199

eric.vonwettberg@fiu.edu - 305-348-2298

FIU International Center for Tropical Botany