204 St. John Plant Science Lab
3190 Maile Way
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:

  • Mora, C, Rollins, R, Taladay, K, Kantar, MB, Chock, MK, Shimada, M, Franklin, EC. 2018. Bitcoin emissions alone could push global warming above 2°C. Nature Climate Change. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-018-0321-8
  • Kantar, MB, Hüber, S, Herman, A, Bock, DG, Baute, G, Betts, K, Ott, M, Brandvain, Y, Wyse, D, Stupar, RM, Rieseberg, LH. 2018. Neo-Domestication of an Interspecific Tetraploid Helianthus annuus × Helianthus tuberous Population That Segregates for Perennial Habit. Genes, 9(9), 422; doi: 10.3390/genes9090422
  • Kantar, MB, Bruford, MW, and Rieseberg, LH. (2018), The Genomics of Domestication. Evol Appl. https://doi.org/10.1111/eva.12693
  • Stuecker MF, Tigchelaar M, Kantar MB. 2018. Climate variability impacts on rice production in the Philippines. PLOS ONE 13(8): e0201426.https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0201426
  • Taitano, N, Bernau, V, Jardón‐Barbolla, L, Leckie, B, Mazourek, M, Mercer, K, McHale , L, Michel, A, Baumler, D, Kantar, MB, van der Knaap, E. 2018. Genome‐wide Genotyping of a Novel Mexican Chile Pepper Collection Illuminates the History of Landrace Differentiation after Capsicum annuum L. Domestication. Evolutionary Applications. https://doi.org/10.1111/eva.12651
  • Bock, DG, Kantar MB, Caseys, C, Matthey-Doret, R, Rieseberg, LH. 2018. Evolution of invasiveness by genetic accommodation. Nature Ecology & Evolution. doi:10.1038/s41559-018-0553-z
  • Bandillo, NB, Anderson, JE, Kantar, MB, Stupar, RM, Specht, JE, Graef, GL, Lorenz, AJ. 2017. Dissecting the Genetic Basis of Local Adaptation in Soybean. Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 17195
  • Kantar, MB., Nashoba, AR, Anderson, JE, Blackman, BK, Rieseberg, LH. 2017. The Genetics and Genomics of Plant Domestication. BioScience, 67(11), 971-982.
  • 19. Helmkampf, M., Wolfgruber, T. K., Bellinger, M. R., Paudel, R., Kantar, M.B., Miyasaka, S.C. Kimball, H., Veillet A., Read, A. and Shintaku, M. 2017. Phylogenetic relationships, breeding implications, and cultivation history of Hawaiian taro (Colocasia esculenta) through genome-wide SNP genotyping. Journal of Heredity, 1, 11.​
  • Kantar, MB, Justin E. Anderson, JE, Lucht, SA, Mercer, K, Bernau, V, Case, KA, Le, NC, Frederiksen, MK, DeKeyser, HC, Wong, ZZ, Hastings, JC, Baumler, DJ. 2016. Vitamin Variation In Capsicum Spp. Provides Opportunities To Improve Nutritional Value Of Human Diets. PLoS ONE 11(8): e0161464. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0161464