Jane K. Dever

AgriLife Advanced Leadership Program
Jane K. Dever
Texas A&M AgriLife Research
Texas AgriLife Research

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Jane Dever is Associate Professor – Cotton Breeder for Texas A&M AgriLife Research in Lubbock and Project Leader for the Cotton Improvement Program since September 2008. Major research focus is development of improved cultivars with enabling technology and screening exotic collections for relevant traits to be used in breeding cotton. Jane received a B.S. in Textile Engineering (1983), M.S. in Crop Science (1986) and Ph.D. in Agronomy (1989) all from Texas Tech University. Prior to her appointment to the Texas A&M System, she was with Bayer CropScience for 10 years, leading Global Cotton Breeding and Development for the Cotton Seed Business. She has served as coordinator, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service AgriPartners program (25% appointment); Senior Research Scientist, BioTex; Textile Engineer, Plains Cotton Cooperative Association; and Head of Materials Evaluation, Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute at Texas Tech University.

Jane is the Plains and Western chair of the National Cotton Variety Testing Committee, secretary of the Cotton DB steering committee, Associate Editor – Cotton for Journal of Plant Registrations, has served on the Joint Cotton Breeding Policy Committee and had many project management and strategic review responsibilities at Bayer. She has authored one book chapter, several journal articles, 26 technical bulletins/popular articles, 46 conference proceedings, given numerous US and international presentations, holds seven patent or invention disclosures and has released over 30 commercial cotton varieties. Jane grew up on a cotton, grain sorghum and soybean farm northeast of Lubbock and has been married to James Dever for 28 years.

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