Motivation and Research Goals 
Daniel is a PhD student who joined the Centre for Horticultural Science subdivision of QAAFI in October 2019 seeking to translate genetics research outputs into practical tools for plant breeding. Daniel aims to improve Genotype × Environment prediction on a global scale and develop tools to assist with improved germplasm-environment matching for commercial deployment.

Research Interests
Genetics, Quantitative Genetics and Genomics
DNA-informed Breeding

Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences, California State University, Fresno. 2005.
Master's degree in Biotechnology, California State University, Fresno. 2009.
-Project: Cost-efficiency of marker-assisted seedling selection in tree fruit breeding programs

Advisors and co-operators 
Dr. Craig Hardner, principal advisor UQ
Dr. Elizabeth Ross, co-advisor UQ
Dr. Kai Voss-Fells, Geisenheim University, Germany
Dr. Dorrie Main, co-advisor WSU, USA
Dr. Kate Evans, co-advisor WSU, USA 

Dr. Charles-Eric Durel, co-operator INRAE, France
Dr. Hélène Muranty, co-operator INRAE, France
Dr. Cameron Peace, co-operator WSU, USA
Dr. Sultan Mia, co-operator DPIRD, WA, Australia

ResearcherID: AAD-5082-2019
ORCID: 0000-0002-5249-3770
Scopus ID: 36836076900

International Society for Horticultural Science 2019 to present - member 57104
ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Success 2022 to present - Associate PhD student member
RAID network 2020 to present - member
QAAFI Diversity and Inclusion Committee 2020 to 2021 - CHS HDR representative
QAAFI Student Association 2019 to present
- HDR member
- Former Executive Committee Officer (secretary) 2020 to 2021

Department and University Service 
Hartley Teakle Building level 6 Floor Warden - 2021 to present
Mental Health First Aid Champion - 2021 to present
Hartley Teakle Building First Aid Officer - 2022 to present
Successful petitioner for student profiles at QAAFI - 2019

Recipient of the QAAFI International Travel Award to attend and present at the 31st International Horticultural Congress in Angers France, August 2022.


  • Edge-Garza D, Evans K, Ross, EM, Jung S, Main D, Hardner C. (In press) A strategy for aggregating multi-source historical phenotypic and genotypic datasets containing homonyms for global genomic prediction in apple (Malus domestica Borkh.). Acta Horticulturae
  • Jung S, Lee T, Gasic K, Campbell BT, Jing Y, Humann J, Ru S, Edge-Garza D, Hough H, Main D (2021) The Breeding Information Management System (BIMS): an online resource for crop breeding. Database 2021 (2021):baab054.
  • Ru S, Hardner C, Evans K, Main D, Carter PA, Harshman J, Sandefur P, Edge-Garza D, Peace C (2021) Empirical evaluation of multi-trait DNA testing in an apple seedling population. Tree Genetics and Genomes 17(1):1-10
  • Edge-Garza D, Villamil Castro M, Main D, Hardner C (2021) Correction of database SNP accession numbers misassigned to SNPs of the 8K IRSC apple SNP array. Tree Genetics & Genomes 17(2):1-4.
  • Vanderzande S, Piaskowski JL, Luo F, Edge-Garza D, Klipfel J, Schaller A, Martin S, Peace C (2018) Crossing the finish line: how to develop diagnostic DNA tests as breeding tools after QTL discovery. J Hortic 5:1-6
  • Vanderzande S, Hias N, Edge-Garza D, Costes E, Davey MW, Keulemans J (2016) Sylleptic branching in winter-headed apple (Malus× domestica) trees: accession-dependent responses and their relationships with other tree architectural characteristics. Tree genetics & genomes 12 (5):87
  • Edge-Garza DA, Luby JJ, Peace C (2015) Decision support for cost-efficient and logistically feasible marker-assisted seedling selection in fruit breeding. Molecular Breeding 35 (12):223
  • Edge-Garza DA, Rowland TV, Haendiges S, Peace C (2014) A high-throughput and cost-efficient DNA extraction protocol for the tree fruit crops of apple, sweet cherry, and peach relying on silica beads during tissue sampling. Molecular Breeding 34 (4):2225-2228
  • Edge-Garza DA, Peace CP, Zhu Y (2010) Enabling marker-assisted seedling selection in the Washington apple breeding program. Acta Horticulturae 859:369-373 
  • Haldar S, Haendiges S, Edge-Garza D, Oraguzie N, Olmstead J, Peace C, Iezzoni A (2010) Applying genetic markers for self-compatibility in the WSU sweet cherry breeding program. Acta Horticulturae 859:375-380