David G. Holm
Professor, Department of Horticulture and Landscape
Colorado State University
San Luis Valley Research Center
0249 East Road 9 North
Center, CO 81125
Phone: 719-754-3494, ext. 14
[Major: Horticultural Science, Minor: Supporting (Plant Physiology and
Plant Breeding), Collateral Field: Statistics], University of Minnesota,
(Plant Science), University of Idaho, 1974.
(Plant Science), University of Idaho, 1972.
Position and Research Program:
Potato Breeding and Selection Project Leader. Principal
investigator for project COLO0712 - "Development of New Potato Cultivars
for Colorado via Germplasm Enhancement and Evaluation". Research
emphasizes the development of potato cultivars for Colorado with increased
yield, improved quality, resistance to diseases and pests, and tolerance to
environmental stresses. Additional emphasis has been placed on breeding for
improved postharvest and processing qualities such as lengthened dormancy,
ability to process after cold storage, and resistance to storage diseases.
Other responsibilities include developing limited generation seed stocks of
advanced selections and new cultivars for release to growers for evaluation
and increase. Dave's research allows him to work closely with various
segments of the potato industry in Colorado and other states. Dave
particularly enjoys the opportunity of interacting with local and out-of-state
growers of new selections he has under evaluation. Dave has released or
cooperated in the release of eight potato cultivars. Notable releases are
Russet Nugget and Chipeta. Colorado has a higher percentage of its commercial
potato acreage devoted to cultivars developed locally than any other state.
- Potato Association of America
- European Association for Potato Research
- American Society for Horticultural Science
- WCC-27 (Western Coordinating Committee for Potato
- Sigma Xi
Dave was raised on a family potato farm in southeastern Idaho.
He is married to Vonda, a native of Blackfoot, Idaho. They have two children,
Cameron and Ansley. Dave enjoys mentoring students through work experiences and/or
science projects. He serves on several school and community boards. These
include: San Luis Valley Regional Science Fair Board of Trustees, Colorado
State Science Fair Board, Monte Vista School Board, Monte Vista High School
Improvement Team, and the Monte Vista School-to-Career Advisory Council. He
also serves as a community participant in the School-to-Career Program.
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