Ronald Revord, PhD

Assistant Research Professor

School of Natural Resources

Contact Information

Phone 573-882-9421
Address 303Q Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building


PhD 2019, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Research Summary

Revord’s primary research involves moving forward with existing applied breeding programs for Chinese chestnut, pecan and black walnut within the Agroforestry Center at the University of Missouri. This will include the collection and assessment of data derived from existing black walnut, Chinese chestnut and pecan cultivar and progeny trials while incorporating new selections into existing programs. In concert with the Missouri Department of Conservation, Revord will lead the development of a long-term selection and breeding program to restore the native Ozark chinquapin. Emphasis will also be placed on the development of new Chinese chestnut and pecan cultivars, while continuing the development of a long-term controlled breeding program for black walnut leading to the release of new cultivated varieties with improved nut quality, yield and disease resistance characteristics for establishment in agroforestry-based planting systems. Future research includes testing and evaluation of hybrid hazelnuts.

Selected Publications

  • Revord, R.S., Capik, J., Lovell, S.T., Mehlenbacher, S.A., Molnar, T.J. 2020. Eastern filbert blight resistance in Corylus americana and its recovery in interspecific F1 progeny. Journal of the American Society for Horticulture Science. (In Review).
  • Revord, R.S., Lovell, S.T., Brown, P., Capik, J., Molnar, T.J. 2020. Characterization of the genetic diversity and structure of American hazelnut (Corylus americana). J. American Society for Hort. Science 145(3), 162-173. DOI: 10.21273/JASHS04732-19
  • Revord, R., Lovell, S., Molnar, T., Wolz, K. J., Mattia, C. 2019. Germplasm development of underutilized temperate US tree crops. Sustainability11(6), 1546. DOI: 10.3390/su11061546
  • Wolz, K.J., DeLucia, E.H., Branham, B.E., Eddy, W.C., Keeley, K., Revord, R.S., Wander, M.M., Yang W.H., Lovell, S.T. 2018. Frontiers in alley cropping: transformative solutions for temperate agriculture. Global Change Biology 24, 883-894. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13986
  • Molnar, T.J., J.A. Honig, A. Mayberry, R.S. Revord, S.T. Lovell, S.A. Mehlenbacher, and J.M. Capik. 2018. Corylus americana: a valuable genetic resource for developing hazelnuts adapted to the eastern United States. Acta Hort. 1226:115-122. DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2018.1226.16
  • Lovell, S.T., Dupraz, C., Gold, M., Jose, S., Revord, R.S., Stanek, E., Wolz, K.J. 2017. Temperate agroforestry research: considering multifunctional woody polycultures and the design of long-term field trials. Agroforestry Systems, pp.1-19. DOI: 10.1007/s10457-017-0087-4