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Robert Robbins

Robert Robbins

University Professor

Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences

(PLPA)-Plant Pathology

Phone: 479-575-2555

Fax: (479) 575-7601

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Plant nematode taxonomy using both morphology and molecular methods, determining reproduction indices of the reniform nematode on new soybean lines and cultivars, identifying root-knot nematode species found in Arkansas using molecular methods.

My applied interests include screening for resistance to the reniform nematode (Rotylenchulus reniformis) in soybean (Glycines max) cultivars and breeding lines and the investigation of possible sources of reniform nematode resistance in upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum). Determining the host plants of the pecan root-knot nematode found in Arkansas.

My basic research is on the taxonomy of plant parasitic nematodes, especially the virus vectoring Longidoridae  (Xiphinema and Longidorus); species of Hoplolaimidae; Criconematidae, and Meloidogyne. I use a combination of morphometric analyses, statistical comparisons, and biotechniques such as RFLP's and DNA sequencing.

Taxonomy of Plant Parasitic Nematodes.

Plant Nematology (PLPA 6303) 

  • B.S.- Kansas State University (Biology)

  • M.S.- Kansas State University (Plant Pathology)

  • Ph.D.- North Carolina State University (Plant Pathology

  • Robbins, R. T., Chang-Hwan Bae, Weimin Ye, and Majid Pedram. 2008. Xiphinema bernardi n. sp. (Nematoda: Longidoridae) from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Journal of Nematology 41:111-119.
  • Niknam,G., M. Pedram, E. G. Nejad, W. Ye, R. T. Robbins and Z.T. Maafi. 2010. Morphological and molecular characterization of Longidorus tabrizicus n. sp. and L. sturhani Rubtsova, Subbotin, Brown and Moens, 2001 (Nematoda: Longidoridae) from north-western Iran. Russian Journal of Nematology 18:127-140.
  • Ye, Weimin and R.T Robbins. 2010. Morphology and Taxonomy of Xiphinema (Nematoda: Longidoridae) Occurring in Arkansas, USA. Acta Agriculturae Universitatis Jianxiensis 32:928-945.       
  • Chen, P., T. Ishibashi, C. H. Sneller, J. C. Rupe, D. G. Dombek, R. T. Robbins, and R. D. Riggs. 2011. Registration of ‘UA 4910’ Soybean. Journal of Plant Registrations, Vol. 5, No. 1, January 2011.
  • Chen, P., T. Ishibashi, C. H. Sneller, J. C. Rupe, D. G. Dombek, and R. T. Robbins. 2011. Registration of R99–1613F, R01–2731F, and R01–3474F Soybean Germplasm Lines with Diverse Pedigrees. Journal of Plant Registrations, Vol. 5, No. 2, May 2011.   
  • Bae, C. H, R. T. Robbins, and A. L. Szalanski. 2011. Secondary structure models of Hoplolaiminae species for D2-D3 expansion segments of 28S rRNA. Journal of Nematology 42:218-229.
  • Robbins, R. T., E. Shipe, P. Arelli, P. Chen, G. Shannon, K. M. Rainey, L. E. Jackson, E. E. Gbur, D. G. Dombek, & J. T. Velie. 2011. Reniform nematode reproduction on soybean cultivars and breeding lines in 2010. Proceeding of the 2011 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, Atlanta, Georgia, January 4-7, 2011, Pgs. 167-174.
  • Pedram, M., E. Pourjam, R. T. Robbins, W. Ye, M. R. Atighi, and R. Peña-Santiago. 2011. Description of one new, and new data on two known, species of Enchodelus Thorne, 1939 (Dorylaimida: Nordiidae) from Iran. Nematology 13:729-740.
  • Pedram, M., E. Pourjam, W. Ye, M. R. Atighi, R. T. Robbins and A. Ryss. 2012. Description of Bursaphelenchus mazandaranense sp. n. (Nematoda: Parasitaphelenchidae) from Iran. Russian Journal of Nematology, 2011, 19:121–129.
  • Ghaemi, R., E. Pourjam, M. Pedram, R. T. Robbins, W. Ye and W. Decraemer. 2012. Morphological and molecular characterisation of Xiphinema zagrosense sp. n. (Dorylaimida: Longidoridae) from the Zagros Mountains, Iran. Nematology 14:445-455.
  • Pedram, M., E. Pourjam, R. T. Robbins, W. YE, M. R. Atighi and W. Decraemer. 2012. Morphological and molecular characterisation of Xiphinema mazandaranense n. sp. (Dorylaimida: Longidoridae), a new member of the Xiphinema pyrenaicum species complex. Nematology, Vol. 14(1), 109-119.
  • Ferris, Howard, Robert Robbins, Gregor Yeates. 2012. Atypical Development in Plant and Soil Nematodes. Journal of Nematology 44:1–6.
  • Robbins, R. T., E. Shipe, P. Arelli, G. Shannon, K. M. Rainey, P. Chen, Stella K. Kantartzi, L. E. Jackson, E. E. Gbur, D. G. Dombek, & J. T. Velie. 2012. Reniform nematode reproduction on soybean cultivars and breeding lines in 2011. Proceeding of the 2012 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, Atlanta, Georgia, January 4-7, 2012, Pgs. 167-174.
  • Cordero, Marco A., Robert T. Robbins, Allen L. Szalanski. 2012. Taxonomic and Molecular Identification of Bakernema, Criconema, Hemicriconemoides, Ogma and Xenocriconemella Species (Nematoda: Criconematidae). Journal of Nematology 44:427–446.
  • Cordero, Marco. A., Robert T. Robbins, Allen L. Szalanski. 2012. Taxonomic and Molecular Identification of Mesocriconema and Criconemoides Species (Nematoda: Criconematidae). Journal of Nematology 44:399–426.
  • Cordero, Marco. A., Robert T. Robbins, Allen L. Szalanski. 2013. Taxonomic and Molecular Identification of Hemicaloosia, Hemicycliophora, Gracilacus And Paratylenchus Species (Nematoda: Criconematidae) . Journal of Nematology 45:145-171
  • Cordero, Marco. A., Robert T. Robbins, Allen L. Szalanski. 2012. Molecular Based-Phylogenetic Relationships In The Superfamily Criconematoidea. Nematropica 43:145-151.
  • Reyes Peña-Santiago , Joaquín Abolafia, Sergio Álvarez-Ortega,Weimin Ye and Robert T. Robbins. 2013. Axonchoides smokyensis sp. n. (Dorylaimida: Belondiridae) from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park; the second species of a very rare genus. Nematology 11:1-15
  • Chen,  P., J.C. Rupe, D.G. Dombek, T. Kirkpatrick, R.T. Robbins, C. Wu, and P. Manjarrez. 2013. Registration of ‘UA 5213C’ Soybean. Journal of Plant Registrations.
  • R. T. Robbins, E. Shipe, G. Shannon, P. Chen, S. K. Kantartzi, L. E. Jackson, E. E. Gbur, D. G. Dombek, and  J. T. Velie. 2013. Reniform Nematode Reproduction on Soybean  Cultivars and Breeding Lines in 2012. Proceeding of the 2013 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, San Antonio, Texas, January, 2013. Pgs. 129-137.
  • Roshan-Bakhsh, Ali, Ebrahim Pourjam1, Majid Pedram, Robert T. Robbins, and Wilfrida Decraemer. 2014, Description of Xiphinema castilloi sp. n. (Dorylaimida: Longidoridae) from Iran and its phylogenetic relationships. Nematology 16:359-368.
  • Robbins, R. T., G. Shannon, P. Chen, S. K. Kantartzi, L. E. Jackson, E. E. Gbur, D. G. Dombek, J. T. Velie, and  T. R. Faske. 2014. Reniform Nematode Reproduction on Soybean Cultivars and Breeding Lines in 2013.  Proceeding of the 2014 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, New Orleans Jan 6-8. Pgs. 226-236.
  • Chen, P.,  C.P. Gray, T.L. Hart, M. Orazaly, J.C. Rupe, D.G. Dombek, R.D. Bond,T. Kirkpatrick, R.T. Robbins, and L.O. Ashlock. 2014. Registration of ‘UA 5612’ soybean.  J. of Plant Reg. 8(2):145-149.
  • Chen, P., M. Orazaly, J.C. Rupe, D.G. Dombek, T. Kirkpatrick, R.T. Robbins, C. Wu, and P. Manjarrez. 2014. Registration of ‘UA 5213C’ soybean. J. of Plant Reg. 8(2): 150-154.
  • Robbins, R. T., B. Fallen, G. Shannon, P. Chen, S. K. Kantartza, T.R. Faske, L.E. Jackson, E.E. Gbur, D.G. Dombek, J.T. Velie, and P. Arelli. 2015. Reniform nematode reproduction on soybean cultivars and breeding lines in 2014.  Proceeding of the 2015 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, San Antonia, TX.  Jan 6-7. Pgs. 201-214.
  • Yongqing Jiao, Tri D. Vuong, Yang Liu, Zenglu Li, Jim Noe, Robert T. Robbins, Trupti Joshi, Dong Xu, J. Grover Shannon, and  Henry T. Nguyen. 2015. Identification of quantitative trait loci underlying resistance to southern root-knot and reniform nematodes in Soybean accession PI 567516C. Molecular Breeding (2015) 35:131

I am active in several Nematology Organizations

Fellow of the Society of Nematologists, 2006.