Rick Boyles

Research Scientist
PeeDee Research and Education Center

Office: 210 Pitner Center
Phone: 803-300-1104
Email: rboyles@clemson.edu


 Educational Background

Ph.D. Genetics
Clemson University 2016

B.S. Biological Sciences
University of South Carolina 2012

 Research Interests

My research focuses on cereal crop improvement using a combination of traditional and advanced plant genetics and breeding approaches. My interests are (1) to develop crop varieties and hybrids with superior performance in the region, (2) to broaden the current gene pool that exists in regional breeding populations, and (3) to identify useful genes and alleles for important traits in grass row crops including grain yield and quality components.


Boyles R*, Brenton Z, Kresovich S (2018) Genetic and genomic resources of sorghum to connect genotype with phenotype in contrasting environments. The Plant Journal — Early Online. doi: 10.1111/tpj.14113
Boyles R*, Pfieffer B, Cooper E, Zielinski K, Myers M, Rooney W, and Kresovich S (2017) QTL mapping of agronomic and yield traits in two grain sorghum biparental families. Crop Science 57:2443-2456. doi: 10.2135/cropsci2016.12.0988
Rhodes D, Hoffman Jr L, Rooney W, Herald T, Bean S, Brenton Z, Boyles R*, Kresovich S (2017) Genetic architecture of kernel composition in global sorghum germplasm. BMC Genomics 18:15 doi: 10.1186/s12864-016-3403-x
Boyles R*, Pfieffer B, Rauh B, Cooper E, Zielinski K, Myers M, Brenton Z, Rooney W, Kresovich S (2016) Genetic dissection of sorghum grain quality traits using diverse and segregating populations. Theor Appl Genet doi: 10.1007/s00122-016-2844-6
Boyles R*, Cooper E, Myers M, Brenton Z, Rauh B, Morris G, Kresovich S (2016) Genome-wide association studies of grain yield components in diverse sorghum germplasm. Plant Genome 9. doi: 10.3835/plantgenome2015.09.0091.
Brenton Z, Cooper E, Myers M, Boyles R*, Shakoor N, Zielinski K, Rauh B, Bridges W, Morris G, Kresovich S (2016) A genomic resource for the development, improvement, and exploitation of sorghum for bioenergy. Genetics genetics.115.183947. doi:10.1534/genetics.115.183947
Shakoor N, Ziegler G, Dilkes B, Brenton Z, Boyles R*, Connolly E, Kresovich S, Baxter I (2016) Integration of experiments across diverse environments identifies the genetic determinants of variation in Sorghum bicolor seed element composition. Plant Physiol 170:1989–1998. doi:10.1104/pp.15.01971
Kresovich S, Brenton Z, Myers M, Boyles R* (2014) Notice of release of nine cellulosic biomass sorghum hybrids: CU-C003, CU-C041, CU-C053, CU-C056, CU-C057, CU-C060, CU-C087, CU-C126, and CU-C225. Advanced Plant Technology Program, Clemson University.

Boyles R* (2018) Improving agriculture with the power of genetics and breeding. SC Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, Hartsville, SC.
Boyles R*, Kresovich S (2018) Multi-population mapping data and their use in sorghum improvement. USDA NIFA FACT Data Driven Ag Workshop, Arlington, VA.
Boyles R* (2018) Current status and future prospective of the Clemson University sorghum and small grains breeding program. SC Crop Improvement Association annual board meeting, Columbia, SC.
Kresovich S, Cooper E, Boyles R* (2017) The value of rediscovering heirlooms for the future of crop improvement and agriculture. HudsonAlpha CROPS Conference, Huntsville, AL.
Boyles R*, Cooper E, Brenton Z, Zielinski K, Rauh B, Morris G, Kresovich S (2016) Utilizing established sorghum mapping populations to identify QTL for grain yield and compositional traits. Plant and Animal Genome Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
Boyles R*, Rhodes D, Shakoor N, Kresovich S (2014) Sorghum: The gluten-free, non-GMO, climate resilient cereal for the 21st century. ASA, CSSA, & SSSA International Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA.
Boyles R*, Rooney W, Myers M, Brenton Z, Kresovich S (2014) The Genetic and Biochemical Frameworks Influencing the Energy Value of Sorghum Grain. ASA, CSSA, & SSSA International Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA.
Boyles R*, Kresovich S (2014) Advanced Plant Technology Program. South Carolina Seedsmen Association annual meeting, Hilton Head, SC.
Boyles R*, Morris G, Rhodes D, Hoffman Jr L, Rooney W, Kresovich S (2013) Genome-wide Association Studies of Grain Traits in Sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench]. ASA, CSSA, & SSSA International Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL.


Sorghum genetic and genomic resources
QTL mapping of sorghum grain yield
Sorghum grain quality dissection
GWAS of grain yield components
Sorghum bioenergy genomic resource