204 St. John Plant Science Lab

Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808) 956-2162

Fax: (808) 956-3894

Email: mbkantar@hawaii.edu

Michael Kantar

Assistant Professor 


Plant Breeding
Crop Wild Relatives


Ph.D., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
M.S., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
B.S., University of Minnesota-TwinCities

Courses Taught:

Research Interests:

I am interested in the intersection between genomics, agriculture and ecology. My goal is to examine complex interactions so that everyone can work toward creating food systems that are more productive and sustainable. Currently my research broadly focuses on the breeding and genetics of vegetable crops through the use of crop wild relatives.

Visit the lab at: http://mbkantarlab.weebly.com/

Selected Publications:

  • Lee R. DeHaan, David L. Van Tassel, James Anderson, Steve Culman, Steve Larson, David Marks, Matt Ryan, Donald Wyse, Xiaofei Zhang, Emily Rude, Jesse Poland, Sean Asselin, Doug Cattani, Kevin Dorn, Greg Baute, Brent Hulke, Michael B. Kantar, Damian Ravetta. A Pipeline Strategy for Crop Domestication. Crop Science, 56(3), 917-930.
  • Michael B. Kantar, Catrin Tyl, Kevin Dorn, Xiaofei Zhang, Jacob Jungers, Joe Kaser, Rachel Schendel, James Eckberg, Bryan Runck, Mirko Bunzel, Nick Jordan, Robert Stupar, David Marks, James Anderson, Gregg Johnson, Craig Sheaffer, Tonya Schoenfuss, Baraem Ismail, George Heimpel, Donald Wyse. 2016. Perennial Grain and Oilseed Crops. Annu. Rev. Plant Biol. 2016. 67:703-29.
  • Justin Anderson, Thomas Kono, Robert Stupar, Michael B. Kantar, Peter Morrell. Environmental association analyses identify candidates for abiotic stress tolerance in Glycine soja, the wild progenitor of cultivated soybeans. G3 April 2016 6:835-843.
  • Shaun J. Curtin, Jean-Michel Michno, Benjamin W. Campbell, Javier Gil-Humanes, Sandra Mathioni, Ryan C. Donohue, Michael B. Kantar, Andrew L. Eamens, Blake Meyers, Daniel F. Voytas, Robert M. Stupar. 2015. miRNA maturation and target transcript regulation are severely disrupted in soybean dicer-like1 double mutants. G3. 2016 6:423-433.
  • Michael B. Kantar, Colin Khoury, Nora Patricia Castañeda Alvarez, Nolan Kane, Laura Marek, Gerald Sieler, Camilo Sosa Chrystian, Harold Archicanoy, Vivian Bernau, and Loren H. Rieseberg. 2015. Ecogeography and utility to plant breeding of the crop wild relatives of sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.). Frontiers in plant science, 6.
  • Bryan C. Runck, Michael B. Kantar, Nicholas R. Jordan, James O. Eckberg, Richard J. Barnes, Clarence L. Lehman, Lee R. DeHaan, Robert M. Stupar, Craig C. Sheaffer, Paul M. Porter, James Anderson and Donald L. Wyse. 2014. The Reflective Plant Breeding Paradigm: A Robust System of Germplasm Development to Support Strategic Diversification of Agroecosystems. Crop Science. 54:5, 1939-1948.
  • Justin E. Anderson, Michael B. Kantar, Adrian O. Stec, Thomas Y. Kono, Qijian Song, Perry B. Cregan, James E. Specht, Brian W. Diers, Leah K. McHale, Robert M. Stupar. 2014. A roadmap for functional structural variants in the soybean genome. G3. 4:1307-1318.
  • Michael B. Kantar, Sariel Hubner, Loren Rieseberg. 2016. Broadening the genetic basis for crop improvement: Interspecific hybridization within and between ploidy levels in Helianthus. In Mason, A.S. (Ed) Polyploidy and Interspecific Hybridization for Crop Improvement, CRC Press, Boca Raton, United States of America.
  • Kantar, M.B., G.J. Baute, D.G. Bock, L.H. Rieseberg. 2014. Genomic variation in Helianthus: Learning from the past looking to the future. Briefings in Functional Genomics. doi: 10.1093/bfgp/elu004
  • Kantar, M.B., Betts, K.., Michno, J-M.S., Luby, J.J., Morrell, P.L., Hulke, B.S., Stupar, R.M., and Wyse, D.L. 2014. Evaluating an interspecific Helianthus annuus x Helianthus tuberosus population for use in a perennial sunflower breeding program. Field Crops Research 155, 254-264.