Genetics and Biochemistry

Dr. Albert Abbott

Albert Abbott

Emeritus Professor

Robert and Lois Coker Endowed
Chair in Molecular Genetics

Ph.D. Biological Sciences
1980, Brown University

Contact Information
Office: 116 Jordan Hall
Phone: (864) 656-3060

Research Focus Areas
Molecular Biology of Plants
Genetic Mapping in Plant Systems


Research Activities

Dr. Abbott worked on research problems in molecular biology and molecular genetics in both plants and animal systems. Specific projects involved: 1) study of genes important to growth and development in higher plants; 2) molecular mapping and study of genes important to pathogen resistance in trees; 3) Structural and functional genomics of deciduous trees; 4) studies on fatty acid synthesis genes in higher plants, particularly peanut; and 5) production of synthetic genes for biomimetic manufacturing of novel biobased materials. Methodologies employed included recombinant DNA techniques: protein and nucleic acid gel electrophoresis, molecular cloning and DNA sequencing, molecular marker systems and EST analysis and databasing.


Recent Publications

Wang,Y., Laura L. Georgi, Tatyana N. Zhebentyayeva1, Gregory L. Reighard, Ralph Scorza and Albert G. Abbott . 2002. High throughput targeted SSR marker development in peach [Prunus persica (L.) Batsch]. Genome 45:319-328.

Georgi, L. L., Y. Wang, G. L. Reighard, L. Mao, R. A. Wing, and A. G. Abbott. 2003. Comparison of peach and Arabidopsis genomic sequences: fragmentary conservation of gene neighborhoods. Genome 46:268-276.

Georgi, L. L., Y. Wang, D. Yvergniaux, T. Ormsbee, M. Iigo, G. L. Reighard, and A. G. Abbott. 2002. Construction of a BAC library and its application to the identification of simple sequence repeats in peach (Prunus persica [L.] Batsch). Theoretical and Applied Genetics 105: 1151-1158.

Wang Y., L. Garay, L. L. Georgi, G. L. Reighard, R. Scorza, and A. G. Abbott. 2002. Development of Bacterial Artificial Chromosome Contigs in the evergreen Gene Region in Peach [Prunus persica (L.) Batsch]. Acta Horticulturae (accepted for publication).

Wang, Y., Georgi, L., Reighard, G.L., Scorza, R. and Abbott, A.G. 2002. Genetic Mapping of the evergrowing gene in peach [Prunus persica (L) Batsch] J. Heredity 93 (5): 352-358.