James (Jim) R. Myers

Oregon State University, Corvallis

Dr. Myers holds the Baggett-Frazier Endowed Chair of Vegetable Breeding and Genetics in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University.  He works on a number of crops including snap bean, edible podded pea, broccoli, tomato, winter and summer squash.  His main interest has been to improve vegetable and field crop varieties for disease resistance, human nutrition and organic production systems. He is director of the Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative, and involved in the Culinary Breeding Network, which brings chef and breeders together to explore the boundaries of plant breeding and cuisine. At OSU he has released several vegetable varieties including tomatoes, beans, broccoli, peppers, squash and peas.