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. Under the guidance of quantitative geneticist Dr Craig Hardner, Daniel aims to improve Genotype × Environment estimates at a global scale and develop tools to assist with improved germplasm-environment matching for commercial deployment.

A native of Dinuba, California, Daniel completed his bachelor's degree in biological sciences at California State University Fresno in 2005. His master's degree in biotechnology (also from CSU Fresno) awarded in 2009 was focused on cost-efficiency of marker-assisted seedling selection in tree fruit breeding programs.

As an associate in research in the research program of tree fruit geneticist and UQ-alumnus Dr Cameron Peace at Washington State University, Daniel gained over ten years’ experience in enabling the routine deployment of DNA tests for tree fruit breeding across the United States and in training and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in applied DNA-informed breeding. Daniel was also an independent consultant for peach geneticist and breeder Dr Ksenija Gasic of Clemson University, facilitating training for breeders on importing data into the Breeding Information Management System of Washington State University’s Genome Database for Rosaceae.

ResearcherID: AAD-5082-2019
ORCID: 0000-0002-5249-3770
Scopus ID: 36836076900
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dedgegarza/
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  • 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