Trevis Huggins is a research plant geneticist and plant breeder who partners with scientists and professors to enhance the lives of people and reduce food shortages by improving food crops.

Trevis believes in a holistic approach that incorporates plant breeding, molecular genetics, plant physiology, entomology, food chemistry and agronomy. He thinks this is the ideal strategy to feed the growing population.

Trevis has worked on understanding the role epicuticular wax plays in heat and drought tolerance in wheat, as well as developing wheat lines geared towards tortilla production. After hundreds of crosses and many field trips, his team selected three lines that had good yield and excellent grain quality characteristics for advance trials.

Trevis is trained in plant physiology, plant breeding and molecular genetics and works on combating grain chalk in rice by identifying associated chromosomal regions for marker development for use in marker assisted breeding.

Trevis holds a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and plant breeding from Texas A&M University.

Research Areas:
Abiotic Interactions, Physiology, Genetics, Genomics


Suheb Mohammed, Trevis D. Huggins, Francis Beecher, Christopher Chick, Padma Sengodon, Suchismita Mondal, Ashima Paudel, Amir Ibrahim, Dirk B. Hays. The role of leaf epicuticular wax in the adaptation of Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) to high temperature and moisture deficit conditions. Crop Science (Accepted 2018)

Huggins, T. D., Mohammed, S., Sengodon, P., Ibrahim, A. M. H., Tilley, M., & Hays, D. B. (2017). Changes in leaf epicuticular wax load and its effect on leaf temperature and physiological traits in wheat cultivars (Triticum aestivum L.) exposed to high temperatures during anthesis. J Agro Crop Sci. 2018;204:49–61. doi:10.1111/jac.12227


Shuyu Liu, Silvano Ocheya, Smit Dhakal, Xiangkun Gu, Chor-Tee Tan, Yan Yang, Jackie Rudd, Dirk Hays, Amir Ibrahim, Qingwu Xue, Shiaoman Chao, Ravindra Devkota, Cody Shachter, Trevis Huggins, Suheb Mohammed, Maria Pilar Fuentealba (2015) Validation of chromosome locations of 90K array SNP in US wheat. Crop Science Vol. 56:1-10. doi:10.2135/cropsci2015.04.0240

  Mondal, S., Mason, R.E., Huggins, T., Hays, D.B. (2014) QTL on wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) chromosomes 1B, 3D and 5A are associated with constitutive production of leaf cuticular wax and may contribute to lower leaf temperatures under heat stress.  Euphytica, 1-8.

Current Affiliations
Experience & Education