St. John 209, Waimanalo Res. Sta.
3190 Maile Way (campus), 41-698 Ahiki St., Waimanalo (Res. Sta.)
Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808) 291-6110

Fax: (808) 956-3894


James L. Brewbaker

Emeritus Plant Breeder and Geneticist 


Plant Breeding and Genetics: Corn-Production-all aspects Leucaena-Production-all aspects Corn-Breeding Koa-Breeding Koa-Production-all aspects Forestry in gen.-Breeding Forage Crops in gen.-Breeding-Sensory Evaluation-Corn Bioenergy, notably bioethanol


Univ. of Colorado, 1944 Southern Methodist U., 1945 (US Navy) Texas U., 1945-6 (US Navy) Univ. Colorado 1946-8, BS Cum Laude, 1948 (Major; General Science) Cornell University, 1948-52 Ph.D., 1952 (Major; Plant Breeding and Biometry)

Courses Taught:

Research Interests:

Research in plant breeding, genetics, biometry and tropical agriculture

Director Hawaii Foundation Seeds (HFS) seed collections;

Founder Hawaii Crop Imrpvovement Ass'n. 1971, long associated with development of Hawaii's seed industry. Many of my 52 graduates are employed by this industry internationally.

Research awards from Crop Science Soc. Amer., Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci., Nat'l. Ass'n. Plant Breeders, Hawaii Crop Impr. Ass'n (Brewbaker Student Awards)

Sabbatic research in India, Colombia, Mexico, Australia, Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan


Retired 6/30/15.



Selected Publications:

  • Agricultural Genetics, 156 pp., Prentice-Hall (Translations; 7 languages)
  • 1993 - Experimental Design on a Spreadsheet, 173 pp. on CD (v.4, 2004)
  • 1994 - Biometry on a Spreadsheet, 136 pp. on CD (v. 3, 2004)
  • 1995 - Quantitative Genetics on a Spreadsheet, 163 pp. on CD (v. 2, 2004)
  • 2003 - Corn Production in the Tropics, 66 pp.
  • Presently 282 Professional Publications (list available from JLB)