Ksenija Gasic

Professor of Horticulture
Peach Genetics and Breeeding
Horticulture Program Team, Plant and Environmental Sciences Department

Office: 306A BRC
Phone: 864-656-3664
Email: kgasic@clemson.edu
Personal Website: https://www.clemson.edu/cafls/gasic/index.html


 Educational Background

Ph.D. Fruit Genetics and Breeding
University of Novi Sad, Serbia 1999

M.S. Plant Genetics and Breeding
University of Novi Sad, Serbia 1993

B.S. Fruit growing and Viticulture
University of Novi Sad, Serbia 1989

 Courses Taught

PES 4050/6050 Plant Breeding

Guest lecturer:
HORT102 Peach breeding


Gasic and a national team of scientists working on genomics, genetics, and breeding of rosaceous crops have been awarded $10 million in funding in September 2014 for five year USDA –Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) to develop and apply modern DNA-based tools to deliver new cultivars with superior product quality and disease resistance. Project Director Amy Iezzoni of Michigan State University and project co-Director Cameron Peace, Washington State University, lead a group of 35 scientists from 14 U.S. institutions along with numerous international cooperators. Entitled “RosBREED: Combining Disease Resistance with Horticultural Quality in New Rosaceous Cultivars”, the project will adapt and demonstrate new DNA-based tools in 22 U.S. breeding programs, focusing on eight crops: apple, blackberry, peach, pear, rose, strawberry, sweet cherry, and tart cherry. Gasic is a Stone Fruit Breeding Team Leader within the project with the total budget of $1.2M. Gasic and a national team of scientist working on “Genome Database for Rosaceae: Empowering Specialty Crop research through Big-Data Driven Discovery and Application in Breeding”, received $2.7M in funding in September 2014 for a five year USDA-SCRI project.

Service member: Chair of CAFLS Crop Variety Recommendation and Release Committee and SC representative and Chair of the Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee (PBCC). Editor of the Fruit and Nut cultivar List, HortScience. Past-Chair of the U.S. Rosaceae Genomics, Genetics and Breeding Executive committee (RosEXEC). Chair of the Prunus CGC and 2nd Vice President of the American Pomological Society.

Professional organizations: International Society for Horticultural Sciences, American Society for Horticultural Science, American Pomological Society, National Association of Plant Breeders, Eucarpia.

 Research Interests

My research focuses on development of high quality, disease resistant peach varieties adapted to environmental conditions of Southeastern US using traditional and molecular breeding techniques; characterization and utilization of the peach genetic diversity in landraces, genbank collections and elite germplasm for germplasm enhancement; marker/QTL discovery for the traits of interest; and development and utilization of genomic technology to improve breeding efficiency. I am also working on development of Prunus rootstocks tolerant/resistant to both peach tree short life (PTSL) and Armillaria spp.


Aranzana MJ, Decroocq V, Dirlewanger E, Eduardo I, Gao Z, Gasic K, Iezzoni A, Jung S, Peace C, Prieto U, Tao R, Verde I, Abbott A. and Arús P, (2019) Prunus genetics and applications after de novo genome sequencing: achievements and prospects. Horticulture Research 6:58.

Vanderzande S, Howard NP, Cai L, Da Silva Linge C, Bink MCAM, Kruisselbrink JW, Gasic K, Iezzoni A, Van de Weg E and Peace C (2019) High-quality, genome-wide SNP genotypic data for pedigreed germplasm of the diploid outbreeding species apple, peach, and sweet cherry through a common workflow. bioRxiv, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/514281.

Bielenberg D and Gasic K (2019) Controlled temperature treatments with low-cost, off-the-shelf equipment for bud or seed forcing experiments. HortScience 54(4):766-768.

Da Silva Linge C., Antanaviciute L., Abdelghafar A., Arus P., Bassi D., Rossini L. and Gasic K. (2018) High density, multi-population consensus genetic linkage map for peach (Prunus persica L. Batsch) - a novel reference genetic linkage map for Prunus. PLoS ONE 10.1371/journal.pone.0207724.

Jung S, Lee T, Cheng C, Buble K, Zheng P, Yu J, et al. (2018) 15 years of GDR: New data and functionality in the Genome Database for Rosaceae. Nucleic Acid Research: 47(Database issue): D1137–D1145. doi: 10.1093/nar/gky1000.

Fernandez i Marti A, Saski CA, Manganaris GA, Gasic K and Crisosto CH (2018) Genomic Sequencing of Japanese Plum (Prunus salicina Lindl.) Mutants Provides a New Model for Rosaceae Fruit Ripening Studies. Front. Plant Sci. 9:21. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2018.00021

Barac G.*, Ognjanov V., Obreht D., Ljubojevic M., Bosnjakovic D., Pejic I. and Gasic K. (2017) Genetic diversity of cherry species for rootstock breeding purposes assessed by SSR markers. Scientia Horticulturae 224:374-383. DOI: 10.1016/j.scienta.2017.06.060

Sandefur, P., Frett, T. Clark J., Gasic, K. and Peace, C. (2017) A DNA test for routine prediction in breeding of peach blush, Ppe-Rf-SSR. Molecular Breeding 37:11 doi:0.1007/s11032-016-0615-3.

Fresnedo-Ramírez, J., Frett, T.J., Sandefur, P.J., Salgado-Rojas, A., Clark, J.R., Gasic, K., Peace, C.P., Anderson, N., Hartmann, T.P., Byrne, D.H., Bink, M.C.A.M, Van de Weg, E., Crisosto, C.H. and Gradziel, T.M. (2016) QTL mapping and breeding value estimation through pedigree-based analysis of fruit size and weight in four diverse peach breeding programs. Tree Genetics and Genomes http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11295-016-0985-z.

Bielenberg, D., Raugh, B., Reighard, G., Fan, S., Wells, C., Gasic, K. and Okie, W. (2015) Genotyping by sequencing for SNP-based linkage map construction and QTL analysis of chilling requirement and bloom date in peach [Prunus persica (L.) Batsch]. PLoS ONE 10(10):e0139406.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0139406.

Glenn, M.D. and Gasic, K. (2015) Influence of within year treatments and between year environmental differences on peach leaf ash and carbon isotopic discrimination responses. Scientia Hort. 193:258-260.

Guajardo, V., Solís, S., Sagredo, B., Gainza, F., Muñoz, C., Gasic, K. and Hinrichsen, P. (2015) Construction of high density sweet cherry (Prunus avium L.) linkage maps using microsatellite markers and SNPs detected by genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS). PLoS ONE 10(5): e0127750. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0127750.

Fresnedo-Ramírez. J., Bink, M.C.A.M., van de Weg, E., Famula, T.R., Crisosto, C.H., Frett, T.J., Gasic, K., Peace, C.P. and Gradziel, T.M. (2015) QTL mapping of pomological traits in peach and related species breeding germplasm. Molecular Breeding 35:166 DOI 10.1007/s11032-015-0357-7.

Gasic, K., Reighard, G., Windham, J. and Ognjanov, M. (2015) Relationship between fruit maturity at harvest and fruit quality in peach. Acta Horticulturae 1084:643-348

Gasic, K., Reighard, G.L.R, Okie, W.R., Clark, J., Gradziel, T., Byrne, D., Peace, C., Stegmeir, T., Rosyara, U. and Iezzoni, A. (2015) Bacterial spot resistance in peach: Functional allele distribution in breeding germplasm. Acta Horticulturae 1084:69-74.

Yue, C., Gallardo, K., Luby, J., Rhin, A., McFerson, J., McCracken, V., Gradziel, T., Gasic, K., Reighard, G., Clark, J. and Iezzoni, A. (2014) An evaluation of U.S. peach producers' trait prioritization: Evidence from audience surveys. HortScience, 49(10):1309-1314.

Brown, A.F., Yousef, G., Guzman, I., Chebrolu, K., Perkins, P., Parker, M. and Gasic, K. (2014) Variation of Carotenoids and Polyphenolics in Peach (Prunus persica L.) and Implications on Breeding for Modified Phytochemical Profiles. JASHS 139:676:686.

Fret, T.J., Reighard, G.L.R, Okie, W.R. and Gasic K. (2014) Mapping Quantitative Trait Loci Associated with Blush in Peach [Prunus persica (L.) Batsch]. Tree Genetics and Genomes 10:367-381

Barac, G., Ognjanov, V., Obreht D., Ljubojevic M., Bosnjakovic D., Pejic I. and Gasic, K. (2014) Genotypic and phenotypic diversity of cherry species collected in Serbia. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter 32:92-108.

Yang, N., Reighard, G., Ritchie, D., Okie, W. and Gasic, K. (2013) Mapping quantitative trait loci associated with resistance to bacterial spot (Xanthomonas arboricola pv. pruni) in peach. Tree Genetics and Genomes 9:573-586 (DOI 10.1007/s11295-012-0580-x).

Frett, T.J., Gasic K., Byrne, D., Clark, J., Crisosto, C. and Gradziel, T. (2012) Standardized phenotyping for peach [Prunus persica (L.) Batsch]. Journal of the American Pomological Society 66(4): 214-219.

Verde, I., Bassil, N., Scalabrin, S., Gilmore, B., Lawley, C.T., Gasic, K., Micheletti, D., Rosyara, U.R., Cattonaro, F., Vendramin, E., Main, D., Aramini, V., Blas, A.L., Mockler, T.C., Bryant, D.W., Wilhelm, L., Troggio, M., Sosinski, B., Aranzana, M.J., Arús, P., Iezzoni, A., Morgante, M. and Peace, C. (2012) Development and evaluation of a 9K SNP array for peach by internationally coordinated SNP detection and validation in breeding germplasm. PLoS One 7(4): e35668. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0035668.

Vimolmangkang, S., Gasic, K., Sori-Guerra, R.E., Rosales-Mendoza, S., Moreno-Fierros, L. and Korban, S.S. (2011) Expression of the nucleocapsid protein of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) in soybean seed yields an immunogenic antigenic protein. Planta DOI: 10.1007/s00425-011-1523-8.

Sori-Guerra, R.E., Rosales-Mendoza, S., Gasic, K., Band, M., Wisniewski, M.E. and Korban S.S. (2011) Gene expression is highly regulated in early developing fruit of apple. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter DOI 10.1007/s11105-011-0300-y.

Gasic, K., Gonzales, D.O., Thimmapuram, J., Malnoy, M., Gong, G., Han, Y., Vodkin, L.O., Liu, L., Aldwinckle, H.S., Carroll, N., Orvis, K., Goldsbrough, P., Clifton, S., Pape, D., Fulton, L., Martin, J., Theising, B., Wisnieweski ME., Fazio G., Feltus FA., and Korban, S.S. (2009) Comparative genomics analysis and functional annotation of a large expressed sequence tag collection of apple. Plant Genome 2:23-28.

Gasic, K., Han, Y., Kertbundit, S., Shulaev, V., Iezzoni, A.F., Stover, E.W., Bell, R.L., Wisniewski, M.E., and Korban S.S. (2009) EST-SSR transferability among Rosaceae species. Molecular Breeding 23:397-411.

Han, Y., Chagné, D., Gasic, K., Rikkerink, E.H.A., Beever, J.E., Gardiner, S.E. and Korban, S.S. (2009) BAC-end sequence-based SNPs and bin mapping for rapid integration of physical and genetic maps in apple. Genomics 93:282-288.


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