Martin O. Bohn

Associate Professor

Academic Positions

  • Postdoc, The Institute for Plant Breeding, Seed Science, and Population Genetics, University of Hohenheim, Germany (1997 - 1999)
  • Assistant Professor ('Habilitant'), The Institute for Plant Breeding, Seed Science, and Population Genetics, University of Hohenheim, Germany (1999 - 2002)
  • Assistant Professor, Maize Breeding and Genetics, University of Illinois. (2002 - 2008)
  • Associate Professor, Maize Breeding and Genetics, University of Illinois (2008 - present)

Research Interests

  • Root development and architecture and their relationship to the performance of maize (Zea mays L.) under biotic and abiotic stresses.
  • Plant-Insect Interactions
  • Grain Processing and Nutritional Quality in Maize
  • High-Throughput Phenotyping Technology in Maize for Genetics and Breeding

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Bohn M, Khairallah MM, Jiang C, Gonzales-de-Leon D, Hoisington DA, Utz HF, Deutsch JA, Jewell DC, Mihm JA, Melchinger AE. 1996. QTL mapping in tropical maize: I. Genomic regions affecting leaf feeding resistance to sugarcane borer and other traits. Crop Sci. 36:1352-1361.
  • Bohn M, Khairallah MM, Jiang C, Gonzales-de-Leon D, Hoisington DA, Utz HF, Deutsch JA, Jewell DC, Mihm JA, Melchinger AE. 1997. QTL mapping in tropical maize: II. Comparison of genomic regions for resistance to Diatraea spp. Crop Sci. 37:1892-1902.
  • Khairallah MM, Bohn M, Jiang C, Deutsch JA, Jewell DC, Mihm JA, Melchinger AE, Gonzales-de-Leon D, Hoisington DA. 1998. Molecular mapping of QTL for southwestern corn borer resistance, plant height, and flowering in tropical maize. Plant Breeding 117:309-318.
  • Groh S, Gonzales-de-Leon D, Khairallah MM, Jiang C, Bergvinson D, Bohn M, Hoisington DA, Melchinger AE. 1998. QTL mapping in tropical maize: III. Genomic regions for resistance to Diatraea spp. and associated traits in two RIL populations. Crop Sci. 38:1062-1072.
  • Frisch M, Bohn M, Melchinger AE. 1999. Minimum sample size and optimal positioning of flanking markers in marker-assisted backcrossing for transfer of a target gene. Crop Sci. 39:967-975.
  • Frisch M, Bohn M, Melchinger AE. 1999. Comparison of selection strategies for marker-assisted backcrossing of a gene. Crop Sci. 39:1295-1301.
  • Bohn, M., H.F. Utz, and Melchinger AE. 1999. Genetic similarities between winter wheat cultivars based on RFLPs, AFLPs, and SSRs and their use for predicting progeny variance. Crop Sci. 39:228-237.
  • Bohn, M., R.C. Kreps, D. Klein, and Melchinger AE. 1999. Damage and grain yield losses caused by European corn borer (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) in early maturing European maize hybrids. J. Econ. Entomol. 92:723-731.
  • Frisch M., Bohn M, and Melchinger AE. 2000. PLABSIM: Software for simulation of marker-assisted backcrossing. J. Heredity 91:86-87.
  • Bohn M, Schulz B, Kreps R, Klein D, Melchinger AE. 2000. QTL mapping for resistance against the European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis H.) in early-maturing European dent germplasm. Theor. Appl. Genet. 101:907-917.
  • Utz HF, Bohn M, Melchinger AE. 2001. Predicting progeny means and variances of winter wheat crosses from phenotypic values of their parents. Crop Sci. 41:1470-1478.
  • Magg T, Klein D, Melchinger AE, Bohn M. 2001. Comparison of Bt maize hybrids with their non-transgenic counterparts and commercial varieties for resistance to European corn borer and for agronomic traits. Plant Breeding 120:397-403.
  • Bohn M, Groh S, Khairallah MM, Hoisington DA, Utz HF, Melchinger AE. 2001. Re-evaluation of the prospects of marker-assisted selection for improving insect resistance against Diatraea spp. in tropical maize by cross validation and independent validation. Theor. Appl. Genet. 103:1059-1067.
  • Papst C, Melchinger AE, Schulz B, Klein D, Bohn M. 2001. QTL mapping for resistance to European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis Hb.) in early maturing European dent maize (Zea mays L.) germplasm and comparison of genomic regions for resistance across two populations of F3 families. Maydica 46:195-205.
  • Warburton ML, Xianchun X, Crossa J, Franco J, Melchinger AE, Frisch M, Bohn M, Hoisington DA. 2002. Genetic characterization of CIMMYT inbred maize lines and open pollinated populations using large scale fingerprinting methods. Crop Sci. 42: 1832-1840.
  • Magg T, Melchinger AE, Klein D, Bohn M. 2002. Relationship between European corn borer resistance and concentration of mycotoxins produced by Fusarium spp. in grains of transgenic Bt maize hybrids, their isogenic counterparts, and commercial varieties. Plant Breeding 121:146-154.
  • Heckenberger M, Bohn M, Ziegle JS, Joe LK, Hauser JD, Hutton M, Melchinger AE. 2002. Variation of DNA fingerprinting among accessions within maize inbred lines and implications for identification of essentially derived varieties. Mol. Breed. 10:181-191.
  • Reif JC, Melchinger AE, Xia XC, Warburton ML, Hoisington DA, Vasal SK, Beck D, Bohn M, and Frisch M. 2003. Use of SSRs for establishing heterotic groups in subtropical maize. Theor. Appl. Genet. 107:947-957.
  • Heckenberger M, Bohn M, van der Voort JR, Peleman J, Melchinger AE. 2003. Variation of DNA fingerprints among accessions within maize inbred lines and implications for identification of essentially derived varieties: II. Genetic and technical sources of variation in AFLP data and comparison with SSR data. Mol. Breed. 12:97-106.
  • Bohn M, Magg T, Klein D, and Melchinger AE. 2003. Breeding early maturing European Dent maize (Zea mays L.) for improved agronomic performance and resistance against the European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis Hb.). Maydica 48:239-247.
  • Dreissigacker S, Zhang P, Warburton ML, van Ginkel M, Hoisington DA, Bohn M, Melchinger AE. 2004. SSR and pedigree analyses of genetic diversity among CIMMYT wheat lines targeted to different mega-environments. Crop Sci. 44:381-388.
  • Reif JC, Xia XC, Melchinger AE, Warburton ML, Hoisington DA, Beck D, Bohn M, and Frisch M. 2004. Genetic diversity determined within and among CIMMYT maize populations of tropical, subtropical, and temperate germplasm by SSR markers. Crop Sci. 44: 326-334.
  • Papst C, Bohn M, Utz HF, Melchinger AE, Klein D, Eder J. 2004. QTL Mapping for European Corn Borer Resistance (Ostrinia nubilalis Hb.), Agronomic and Forage Quality Traits of Testcross Progenies in Early-maturing European Maize (Zea mays L.) Germplasm. Theor. Appl. Genet. 108:1545-1554.
  • Papst C, M. Bohn, H.F. Utz, A.E. Melchinger, J. Eder, T. Magg, and, D. Klein. 2005. Mycotoxins Produced by Fusarium spp. in Isogenic Bt vs. non-Bt Maize Hybrids under European Corn Borer Pressure. Agronomy J. 97:219-224.
  • Heckenberger M, Bohn M, Klein D, Melchinger AE. 2005. Identification of essentially derived varieties obtained from biparental crosses of homozygous lines: II. morphological distances and heterosis in comparison with simple sequence repeat and amplified fragment length polymorphism data in maize. Crop Sci. 45:1132-1140.
  • Heckenberger M, Bohn M, Melchinger AE. 2005. Identification of essentially derived varieties obtained from biparental crosses of homozygous lines: I. Simple sequence repeat data from maize inbreds. Crop Sci. 45:1120-1131.
  • Reif JC, Zhang P, Dreisigacker S, Warburton ML, Van Ginkel M, Hoisington D, Bohn M, Melchinger AE. 2005. Wheat genetic diversity trends during domestication and breeding. Theor. Appl. Genet. 110:859-864.
  • Reif JC, Hamrit S, Heckenberger M, Schipprack W, Maurer HP, Bohn M, Melchinger AE. 2005. Trends in genetic diversity among European maize cultivars and their parental components during the past 50 years. Theor. Appl. Genet. 111:838-845.
  • Reif JC, Hamrit S, Heckenberger M, Schipprack W, Maurer HP, Bohn M, Melchinger AE. 2005. Genetic structure and diversity of European flint maize populations determined with SSR analyses of individuals and bulks. Theor. Appl. Genet. 111:906-913.
  • Heckenberger M, Bohn M, Frisch M, Maurer HP, Melchinger AE. 2005. Identification of essentially derived varieties with molecular markers: an approach based on statistical test theory and computer simulations. Theor. Appl. Genet. 111:598-608.
  • Reif JC, Warburton ML, Xia XC, Hoisington DA, Crossa J, Taba S, Muminovic J, Bohn M, Frisch M, Melchinger AE. 2006. Grouping of accessions of Mexican races of maize revisited with SSR markers. Theor. Appl. Genet. 113: 177-185.
  • Bohn M, Novais J, Fonseca R, Tuberosa R, Grift TE. 2006. Genetic evaluation of root complexity in maize. Acta Agronomica Hungarica 54:291-303.
  • Upadyayula N, Wassom JJ, Bohn M, Rocheford TR. 2006. Quantitative trait loci analysis of phenotypic traits and principal components of maize tassel inflorescence architecture. Theor. Appl. Genet. 113: 592-606.
  • Heckenberger M, Muminović J, van der Voort JR, Peleman J, Bohn M, Melchinger AE. 2006. Identification of essentially derived varieties obtained from biparental crosses of homozygous lines. III. AFLP data from maize inbreds and comparison with SSR data. Mol. Breed. 17:111-125.
  • Upadyayula N , Da Silva HS, Bohn M, Rocheford TR. 2006. Genetic and QTL analysis of maize tassel and ear inflorescence architecture. Theor. Appl. Genet. 112:592-606.
  • Wassom JJ, Wong J, Martinez E, King J, DeBaene J, Hotchkiss J, Mikkilineni V, Bohn MO, and Rocheford TR. QTL Associated with Maize Kernel Oil, Protein, and Starch Concentrations; Kernel Mass; and Grain Yield in Illinois High Oil × B73 Backcross-Derived Lines. Crop Science. Crop Sci. 48:243-252.
  • Wassom JJ, Mikkelineni V, Bohn MO, and Rocheford TR. 2008. QTL for Fatty Acid Composition of Maize Kernel Oil in Illinois High Oil × B73 Backcross-Derived Lines. Crop Sci. 48:69-78.
  • Pataky JK, Bohn M, Johnson LP, Lutz JD, and Richter PM. 2008. Selection for putative quantitative trait loci associated with Resistance to Stewart’s wilt in sweet corn. Phytopathology 98:469-474.
  • Warburton M, Reif J, Melchinger A, Frisch M, Bohn M, Xianchun X, Crossa J, Franco J, Hoisington D, Pixley K., and Vasal S. 2008. Trends in genetic diversity in CIMMYT’s non-temperate maize germplasm. Crop Sci. 48:617-624.
  • Flint-Garcia A, Dashiell KE, Prischmann D, Bohn M, Hibbard B. 2009. Conventional screening overlooks resistance sources: Rootworm damage of diverse inbred lines and their B73 hybrids is unrelated. J Econ. Entomol.102:1317-1324.
  • EL Khishen AA, Bohn MO, Prischmann-Voldseth DA, Dashiell KE, French BW, Hibbard BE. 2009. Native resistance to western corn rootworm (Coleoptera:Chrysomelidae)
  • Gray M, Sappinton T, Miller N, Moeser J, Bohn M. 2009. Adaptation and Invasiveness of Western Corn Rootworm: Intensifying Research on a Worsening Pest. Annual Rev. Entomol. 54:303-322.
  • Jacobs T, Sano C, Paige K, Bohn M. 2009. Natural variation in the inflorescence replacement program of Arabidopsis thaliana. Theor. Appl. Genet. 119:1461-1476.
  • Ivezic M, Raspudic, Brmez, Majic, Brkic, Tollefson J, Bohn MO, Hibbard B, Simic D. 2009. A review on resistance breeding options targeting western corn rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte) in Europe. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 11:307-311.
  • Dexing Z, Novais J,Grift TE, Bohn M, Han J. 2009. Root complexity analysis using a Support Vector Machine method. Comput. Electron. Agr. 69: 46-50.
  • Grift TE, Novais J, Bohn M. 2011. High-throughput phenotyping technology for maize roots. Biosystems Engineering 110: 40-48.

Invited Lectures

  • “High-Throughput Phenotyping Technology in Maize for Genetics and Breeding”. 2nd International Symposium of Crop Germplasm Innovation and Molecular Breeding – Hangzhou, China, November 15-17, 2012.
  • “High-Throughput Phenotyping Technology in Maize for Genetics and Breeding”. Topics in Plant Research, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, March 14, 2012.
  • “Native Resistance of Maize Against the Western Corn Rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera Le Conte)” - XXII EUCARPIA Maize and Sorghum Conference, Opatija, Croatia, June 19 – 24, 2011.
  • “High-Throughput Phenotyping Technology for Maize Roots” – PhenoDays 2011, Wageningen, The Netherlands, October 11-14, 2011.
  • “What do we know about the genetic basis of native resistance in maize to the Western Corn Rootworm?” - Session: The Future is Now: Blended Refuge, Resistance, and Rootworm Options for Tomorrow, Entomological Society of America (ESA) Annual Meeting, Reno, Nevada, November 16, 2011.
  • “Complexity to Productivity – High-Throughput Phenotyping Technology in Maize for Genetics and Breeding” – Chinese Agricultural University, Beijing, China, October 25, 2011.
  • “Translation of Genomic Information into Product via Maize Breeding and Genetics” – Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, March 30, 2010.
  • “Complexity to Productivity – Hunting the Hidden Dimension”, 2010 Annual ASA-CSSA-SSSA Meeting, Long Beach, California, November 2-4, 2010.
  • “Corn Hybrid Improvement in the 21th Century” – AGMasters Conference, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, December 3, 2010
  • “Corn Hybrid Improvement And Insect Trait Development In The 21th Century ” – 2010 CPM Short Course , Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dec 7, 2010
  • “Genetic Evaluation of Maize Root Complexity” – Workshop “Genetic Control of Root Architecture, Physiology and Disease Resistance Traits”, Annual Meeting of the American Society of Horticultural Sciences, St Louis, Missouri, July 27, 2009.
  • “Cell Wall Composition in Maize – It’s Genetic Basis and Impact on Biofuel Production” CABER Seminar Series, Urbana, IL, February 25, 2008.
  • Keynote Presentation: “How to Breed Rootworm Resistant Corn? - Synergism of Traditional and Molecular Approaches for Corn Rootworm Resistance Research” DIABR-ACT – Harmonise the Strategies for Fighting Diabrotica virgifera virgifera. Goettingen, Germany, May 25-29, 2008.
  • Keynote Presentation: “Maize Breeding for Biofuels in the U.S.” – Aktuelles in der Maiszuechtung. Joint Meeting of “Gesellschaft fuer Pflanzung e.V.” and “Deutsches Maiskomitee e.V.”, Stuttgart, Germany, June 9-10, 2008.
  • “Conventional and Molecular Approaches for Improving WCR Resistance in Maize” – Aktuelles in der Maiszuechtung. Joint Meeting of “Gesellschaft fuer Pflanzenzuechtung e.V- Arbeitsgruppe Mais” and “Deutsches Maiskomitee e.V.”, Stuttgart, Germany, June 9-10, 2008.
  • “Maize and Miscanthus – Improving Feedstocks for Bioenergy Production” - Symposium – Biofuels in Developing Countries: Opportunities and Risks (Session No. 625), 2008 Annual ASA-CSSA-SSSA Meeting, Houston, TX, October 5-9, 2008.
  • Keynote Presentation: “Public-Private Partnership – Plant Breeding Research in the U.S.” – Annual Meeting “Gesellschaft fuer Pflanzenzuechtung e.V”. Bonn, Germany, November 5, 2008.
  • “Genetic Evaluation of Maize Root Complexity” – College of Bio-Resources and Agriculture, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, November 14, 2008.
  • “Development of Western Corn Rootworm Resistant GEM Germplasm and its Role in Host Plant Resistance Research”. Germplasm Enhancement in Maize Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, December 10, 2008.