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Plant Pest Diagnostics Center

Jim Effenberger

Jim Effenberger

Senior Seed Botanist (retired annuitant)

Plant Pest Diagnostics Branch, California Department of Food & Agriculture
3294 Meadowview Road, Sacramento, CA 95832-1448, U.S.A.
916-262-1136 office, 916-262-1190 fax, jeffenberger@cdfa.ca.gov

 

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Curriculum vitae

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Arts (Botany) - 1970, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 2010- present- Senior Seed Botanist (retired annuitant), CDFA, Plant Pest Diagnostics, Sacramento, CA.
  • 2001- 2010- Senior Seed Botanist, CDFA, Plant Pest Diagnostics, Sacramento, CA.
  • 1984- 2001- Associate Seed Botanist, CDFA, Plant Pest Diagnostics, Sacramento, CA.
  • 1982-1984- Seed Botanist II, CDFA, Sacramento, CA.
  • 1972-1982- Botanist, USDA, Street Sacramento, CA.
  • Graduate Assistantship, Seed Technology, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 1970-1972. Major professor Dr. Leroy Everson.

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

  • 2001- International Seed Technologist (IST), awarded by the International Society of Seed Technologists.
  • 1998- Registered Seed Technologist (RST), awarded by the Society of Commercial Seed Technologists.
  • 1985- Certified Seed Analyst (CSA P&G), awarded by the Association of Official Seed Analysts.

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

  • Perform highly complex and specialized analyses on seed taxonomic problems.
  • Identify native and foreign plant propagules on a worldwide basis.
  • Conduct training workshops for seed analysts.

PUBLICATIONS

  1. Meyer, D. J. L., and J. Effenberger. 2004. Comparison of Purity Testing Methods of Weeping Alkaligrass (Puccinellia distans (Jacq.) Parl.). Seed Technology 26(1):17-26.
  2. Effenberger, J. 2001. Physical Purity Testing. Chapter 7, pp.1-31. In: McDonald, M., Gutormson, T., and Turnipseed, B. (eds.), Seed Technologists Training Manual. Society of Commercial Seed Technologists, Ithaca. NY., vii + 426 pp.
  3. Effenberger, J. 2001.Challenges Facing a Traditional Seed Analyst. Seed Technology 23(1):7-14.
  4. Effenberger, J. (ed.). 1994. Rules For Testing Seeds. Journal of Seed Technology 16 (3): ii +113.
  5. Effenberger, J., B. Brown, D. L. Meyer and P. Peterson. 1990. Seed Testing: The Vegetable Seed Perspective. Journal of Seed Technology 14(2): 138-140.
  6. Effenberger, J. M. and D. J. L. Meyer. 1986. Taxonomic Characteristics of Some Noxious Weed Propagules of the Poaceae in California. Official Proceedings of the Thirty-Fourth Annual Meeting of the American Association of Feed Microscopists 22-25.

PRESENTATIONS

  • 2004- Navigating the Seed Testing Network. California Seed Industry Conference, Woodland CA.
  • 2000- Promoting Professionalism In Seed Analysis. 90th Annual Meeting of AOSA/SCST, Iowa State University, Ames Iowa.
  • 1999- Seed Laboratory Testing Methods for California Native Grasses. California Native Grass Society Annual Meeting, Napa, CA.
  • 1990- Seed Testing The Vegetable Seed Perspective. 79th Annual Meeting of AOSA /SCST Peoria, IL.
  • 1987- CDFA Seed Laboratory Testing Methods. California Seed Industry Conference, Woodland, CA.
  • 1986- Taxonomic characteristics of California Noxious Weed Propagules. 34th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Feed Microscopists, Sacramento, CA.

PRINTED INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL

  • 2010- Meyer, D.J.L., and J. Effenberger. California Noxious Weed Pest Disseminules Identification Manual. California Department of Food & Agriculture, Sacramento. 63 pp. (4.3MB). [PDF freely available]
  • 2007- Meyer, D. J. L. and J. Effenberger. California Noxious Weed Pest Propagules. Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture, Sacramento. 88 pp. [superceded by 2010 version]
  • 2006- Effenberger, J., D. J. L. Meyer and J. Naughton. Allium Seeds of ISTA. Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture.
  • 2006- Meyer, D. J. L. and J. Effenberger. Seed Descriptions of Trifolium species in the AOSA Rules. Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture.
  • 2006- Meyer, D. J. L. and J. M. Effenberger. Seed and Fruit Descriptions of Selected Kummerowia, Lespedeza, Lotus, Medicago, and Melilotus. Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture.
  • 2005- Meyer, D. J. L. and J. M. Effenberger. Identification of Large-seeded Members of the Subfamily Faboideae (Fabaceae). Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture.
  • 2005- Meyer, D. J. L. and J. Effenberger. Seed and Fruit Characters in Brassicaceae Crops Other Than Brassica and Sinapis. Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture.
  • 2005- Effenberger, J. and D. J. L. Meyer. Factors affecting Brassica and Sinapis Identification. Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture.
  • 2005- Effenberger, J. and D. J. L. Meyer. A Basic Guide for Wheatgrass Identification. Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture.
  • 2004- Meyer, D. J. L. and J. Effenberger. Seed Identification Workshop Manuals. Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture.
  • 2004- Meyer, D. J. L. and J. M. Effenberger. Identification of Large-seeded Fabaceae. Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture.
  • 2004- Meyer, D. J. L. and J. Effenberger. Small-Seeded Weedy Grasses. Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture.
  • 2004- Meyer, D. J. L. and J. Effenberger. Noxious Weeds and Lesser-Known Crop Members of the Fabaceae. Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture.
  • 2003- Meyer, D. J. L. and J. Effenberger. Scrophulariaceae Seed Identification. Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture.
  • 2003- Ramos, E., C. Weiner, M. Stephenson, S. Roberts, D. J. L. Meyer and J. Effenberger. Cotton Seed Quality Applying Seed Testing Tools. Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture.
  • 2002- Effenberger, J. and D. J. L. Meyer. A Basic Guide for Wheatgrass Identification. Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture.
  • 2002- Meyer, D. J. L. and J. Effenberger. Identification of Miscellaneous Solanaceae Seed. Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture.
  • 2002- Meyer, D. J. L. and J. M. Effenberger. Identification of Lamiaceae Nutlets. Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture.
  • 2001- Meyer, D. J. L. and J. Effenberger. Identification of Poaceae Seed Units: Aegilops, Alopecurus, Phalaris, Setaria, Panicum, Urochloa. Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture.
  • 2001- Meyer, D. J. L. and J. Effenberger. Identification of Polygonaceae Seed Units. Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture.
  • 2000- Effenberger, J. Annual Fescues Vulpia. Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture.
  • 2000- Effenberger, J. Brassica. Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture.
  • 1999- Meyer, D. J. L. and J. M. Effenberger. Identification of Large-seeded Fabaceae. Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture.
  • 1999- Meyer, D. J. L. and J. M. Effenberger. Descriptions of Selected Small-Seeded Legumes. Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture.
  • 1998- Meyer, D. J. L. and J. M. Effenberger. Botany, a Brief Introduction for Purity Analysts. Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture.
  • 1997- Effenberger, J. M. and D. J. Tilley. Identification of Allium Seeds and Bulblets. Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture.
  • 1997- Effenberger, J. M. and D. J. Tilley. Identification of Certain Brassica and Sinapis by Their Seeds. Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture. , J
  • 1994- Effenberger, J. M.. (contributor). Agricultural Commodity Identification Aid. California Department of Food and Agriculture.

SEED WORKSHOP INSTRUCTOR

  • 2006- Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Sacramento, CA. Lecture and laboratory practical on: Allium seed identification.
  • 2006- California Agricultural Inspection Stations. Lecture on California Noxious Weed Pest Propagules.
  • 2005- Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Sacramento, CA. Lecture and laboratory practical on: Identification of Brassica, Sinapis seeds and Wheatgrass florets.
  • 2004- Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Sacramento, CA. Lecture and laboratory practical on: Identification of small-seeded weedy Poaceae.
  • 2003- Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Sacramento, CA. Lecture and laboratory practical on: Purity testing of Gossypium spp.
  • 2002- Plant Pest Diagnostics Center, Sacramento, CA. Lecture and laboratory practical on: Identification of Wheatgrass florets.
  • 2001- Sakata Seed America, Morgan Hill, CA. Lecture and laboratory practical on: Identification of Polygonum, Fallopia, Rumex, Emex, Fagopyrum, and Federal Noxious Weed Seeds.
  • 2000- Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA. Lecture and laboratory practical on: Identification of Vulpia, Festuca, and Brassica.
  • 1999- California State University, Fresno, CA. Lecture and laboratory practical on: Identification of noxious weed seeds and similar other species.
  • 1998- University of California Davis, CA. Lecture and laboratory practical on: General seed botany.
  • 1997- California State University, Fresno, CA. Lecture and laboratory practical on: Identification of Allium and Brassica species.
  • 1997- Southern Idaho Collage, Twin Falls, ID. Lecture and laboratory practical on: Identification of Brassica species.
  • 1996- California State University, Fresno, CA. Lecture and laboratory practical on: Identification of noxious weed seeds.
  • 1994- Gavilan College, Gilroy, CA. Lecture and laboratory practical on: Identification of noxious weed seeds.
  • 1993- Petoseed Company, Saticoy, CA. Lecture and laboratory practical on: Testing of coated seeds.
  • 1992- Carpinteria. CA. Lecture and laboratory practical on: Identification of Brassica and Eriogonum species.
  • 1991- Gavilan College, GiIroy, CA. Lecture and laboratory practical on: Identification of Allium species.
  • 1986- CDFA Seed Laboratory, Sacramento, CA. Lecture and laboratory practical on: Identification of crop and flower seed.
  • 1986- Sacramento City College, Sacramento, CA. Lecture and laboratory practical on: Identification of weed seeds.
  • 1985- Southern Idaho College, Twin Falls, ID. Lecture and laboratory practical on: Identification of Agropyron species.
  • 1984- Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. Lecture and laboratory practical on: Identification Avena fatua..
  • 1983- CDFA Seed Laboratory, Sacramento, CA. Lecture and laboratory practical on: Purity testing protocols.
  • 1980- Southern Idaho College, Twin Falls, ID. Lecture and laboratory practical on: Identification of Brassica species.
  • 1979- USDA Seed Laboratory, Sacramento, CA. Lecture and laboratory practical on: Identification of Agrostis species.
  • 1978- Southern Idaho College, Twin Falls, ID. Lecture and laboratory practical on: Identification of Agropyron and germination of Phaseolus species.
  • 1977- USDA Seed Laboratory, Sacramento, CA. Lecture and laboratory practical on: Identification of Brassica and germination of Poa species.
  • 1976- Southern Idaho College, Twin Falls, ID. Lecture and laboratory practical on: Identification of Federal Noxious weed seeds.
  • 1975- USDA Seed Laboratory, Sacramento, CA. Lecture and laboratory practical on: Germination of Zea mays and Tetragonia tetragonioides.
  • 1974- Oregon State University, CorvalIis, OR. Lecture and laboratory practical on: Tetrazolium testing of Lolium species.

NATIONAL COMMITTEES

  • 2004- Present- SCST Ethics Committee Chair.
  • 1998- Present- AOSA Bylaws Committee Chair.
  • 1993- Present- Member AOSA Purity subcommittee.
  • 1996- International Group Leader ISTA Germination Committee.
  • 1991- 1995- AOSA Research Funding Committee Ex officio member.
  • 1991- 1995- AOSA Rules Committee Chair.
  • 1986- 1990 AOSA Uniformity subcommittee Chair.

NATIONAL COMMITTEE REPORTS

  1. 2006- Effenberger, J. (Chair). SCST Ethics Committee. AOSA/SCST Proceedings, 83rd Annual Meeting p.40.
  2. 2005- Effenberger, J. (Chair). AOSA Bylaws Committee. AOSA/SCST Proceedings, 95th Annual Meeting p.27-33.
  3. 2005- Effenberger, J. (Chair). SCST Ethics Committee. AOSA/SCST Proceedings, 82nd Annual Meeting p.46-47.
  4. 2004- Effenberger, J. (Chair). SCST Ethics Committee. AOSA/SCST Proceedings, 81st Annual Meeting p.84.
  5. 2004- Effenberger, J. (Chair). AOSA Bylaws Committee. AOSA/SCST Proceedings, 94th Annual Meeting p.38-51.
  6. 2003- Effenberger, J. (Chair). AOSA Bylaws Committee. AOSA/SCST Proceedings, 93rd Annual Meeting p.39-57.
  7. 2002- Effenberger, J. (Chair). AOSA Bylaws Committee. AOSA/SCST Proceedings, 92nd Annual Meeting p.41-58.
  8. 2001- Effenberger, J. (Chair). AOSA Bylaws Committee. AOSA/SCST Proceedings, 91st Annual Meeting p.23-39.
  9. 2000- Effenberger, J. (Chair). AOSA Bylaws Committee. AOSA/SCST Proceedings, 90th Annual Meeting p.41-44.
  10. 1999- Effenberger, J. (Chair). AOSA Bylaws Committee. AOSA/SCST Proceedings, 89th Annual Meeting p.29.
  11. 1998- Effenberger, J. (Chair). AOSA Bylaws Committee. AOSA/SCST Proceedings, 88th Annual Meeting p.108-171.
  12. 1995- Effenberger, J. (Chair). Rules Committee. Association of Official Seed Analysts News Letter 9(1):7-34.
  13. 1994- Effenberger, J. (Chair). Rules Committee. Association of Official Seed Analysts News Letter 68(1):10-29.
  14. 1990- Effenberger, J. (Chair). Seed Uniformity Subcommittee. Association of Official Seed Analysts News Letter 64(3):78.
  15. 1989- Effenberger, J. (Chair). Seed Uniformity Subcommittee. Association of Official Seed Analysts News Letter 63(5):65-66.

DISTINCTIONS

  • 2002- Anna Lute Award, presented by the Front Range Seed Analysts Association
  • 1997- USDA special commendations and appreciation Karnal Bunt Project.
  • 1991- CDFA certificate of appreciation Mediterranean Fruit Fly Eradication Project.
  • 1990- USDA certificate of appreciation Mediterranean Fruit Fly Eradication Project.
  • 1986- American Association of Feed Microscopists honorary lifetime member award.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • Affiliate Member of the Association of Official Seed Analysts (AOSA).
  • Registered Member of the Society of Commercial Seed Technologists (SCST).
  • Member of the International Society of Seed Technologists (ISST).
  • Member of American Association of Feed Microscopists (AAFM).