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Mercer Laboratory

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences



Natalia E. Martínez-Ainsworth, Hannah Scheppler, Alejandra Moreno-Letelier, Vivian Bernau, Michael B. Kantar, Kristin L. Mercer, Lev Jardón-Barbolla. 2023. Fluctuation of ecological niches and geographic range shifts along chile pepper's domestication gradient. Ecology and Evolution: 13 (11), e10731.

McCoy J.E., L.K. McHale, M. Kantar, L. Jardón-Barbolla, K.L. Mercer. 2022. Environment of origin and domestication affect morphological, physiological, and agronomic response to water deficit in chile pepper (Capsicum sp.). PLoS ONE 17(6): e0260684.

Ana L. Pérez‐Martínez, Luis E. Eguiarte, Kristin L. Mercer, Natalia E. Martínez‐Ainsworth, Leah McHale, Esther van der Knaap, Lev Jardón‐Barbolla. Genetic diversity, gene flow, and differentiation among wild, semiwild, and landrace chile pepper (Capsicum annuum) populations in Oaxaca, Mexico. American Journal of Botany (2022): DOI: 10.1002/ajb2.16019

Khoury, C.K., Brush, S., & Costich, D., Curry, H.A., & Haan, S., Engels, J.M.M., Guarino, L., Hoban, S., Mercer, K., Miller, A.J., Nabhan, G.P., Perales, H., Richards, C., Riggins, C., & Thormann, I. Crop genetic erosion: understanding and responding to loss of crop diversity. New Phytologist. 233(1).

Cleary, P., K. Mercer, K. Usher, R. Wilk & J. Wainwright. 2021. Changes in food consumption in an indigenous community in southern Belize, 1979-2019. Food, Culture & Society, doi: 10.1080/15528014.2021.1884403

Bernau, V., L. Jardón-Barbolla, L. McHale, and K. Mercer. Germination response of diverse wild and landrace chile peppers (Capsicum spp.) under drought stress simulated with polyethylene glycol. Published November 17, 2020. PLoS ONE 

Cleary, P., K. Mercer, K. Usher, R. Wilk, and J. Wainwright. Changes in food consumption in an indigenous community in southern Belize, 1979-2019. Submitted to Food, Culture, and Society in June 2020.

Pace, B.A., H. Perales, N. Gonzalez-Maldonado, and K.L. Mercer. Functional traits contributing to growth and adaptation of Mexican maize landraces. Submitted to American Journal of Botany (AJB-D-20-00236) in June 2020.


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