Educational BackgroundB.A. University of Delaware
B.S. George Washington University
Ph.D. University of Maryland 1970
Professional ExperienceDr. Weigel has conducted research with plant growth regulators for many years, and has received a U.S. patent for some of this work. His publication on barley tissue culture was the first report of somatic embryogenesis from normal diploid barley cells. Several of his graduate students have interacted with NASA researchers on projects involving the use of plants for astronaut life-support systems.
Current ResearchWe are presently studying the requirements to successfully culture various lupins in vitro. This semester, there are four graduate students
and one undergraduate student that are conducting tissue culture research
in my laboratory.
Selected PublicationsMaul, P. and R.C. Weigel. 2002. Identification of genes in early stages of somatic embryogenesis in Cucumis melo L. using differential display and quantitative real time RT-PCR. Presented at the University of Florida Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology 2002 Workshop, Daytona Beach, Fla., May 1011, 2002.
Peterson, C.L. and R.C. Weigel. 2002. In vitro Propagation of Conradina etonia. Florida Scientist 65 (3): 201207.
Siska, E.L., J. Breslin and R.C. Weigel. 1996. The effects of plant growth regulators on shoot regeneration from Digitalis purpurea explants. In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology 32(3) 2: 90A (abstract P-1102). Presented at the World Congress on In Vitro Biology, San Francisco, Calif.
Yorio, N.C., R.M. Wheeler and R.C. Weigel. 1995. Effect of Irradiance, Sucrose and CO2 Concentration on the Growth of Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) in vitro. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Technical Memorandum 110654.
Wilson, D.A., R.C. Weigel, R.M. Wheeler and J.C. Sager. 1993. Light Spectral Quality Effects on the Growth of Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) Nodal Cuttings In Vitro. In Vitro Cell Dev. Biol. 29 P: 58.
Weigel, R.C. and K.W. Hughes. 1985. Long term regeneration by somatic embryogenesis in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) tissue cultures derived from apical meristem explants. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture. 5 (2): 151162.