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Billy Cumbie

Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences
PhD, 1960 University of Texas

Office: Museum Support Center
Phone: 573-882-2375
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Research summary

Biology of grasses

Research description

The most intensive studies on the origin and developmental changes have been made on conifers. There have been few comprehensive studies on the dicotyledons, and these have been done on trees. A series of studies on the origin and developmental changes in the vascular cambium in herbaceous dicotyledons was initiated in the Cumbie laboratory. Studies were published on Hibiscus, Leitneria, Apocynum, Canaralia, Polygonum, and Aeschynomene. The lab also investigated a variety of herbaceous dicots, including Salvia, Besleria, Bonplandia, and Parthenocissus.

The Cumbie lab also conducted experimental studies on cambial development in Hibiscus, including the effect of isolation of the cambium in bark strips and the effect of certain growth inhibitors (e.g., morphactin), as well as developmental changes in the secondary xylem in families of dicotyledons

Select Publications

Select Publications

Warmund, M.R., Cumbie, B.G., Coggeshall, M.V. Stem anatomy and grafting success of Chinese chestnut scions on 'AU-Cropper' and 'Qing' seedling rootstocks (2012) HortScience, 47 (7), pp. 893-895.

LeNoble, M.E., Blevins, D.G., Sharp, R.E., Cumbie, B.G. Prevention of aluminium toxicity with supplemental boron. I. Maintenance of root elongation and cellular structure (1996) Plant, Cell and Environment, 19 (10), pp. 1132-1142. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3040.1996.tb00428.x

Cumbie, BG. 1987. Origin and development of the interfascicular cambium in Salvia splendens. American Journal of Botany 74:610-611.

Cumbie, BG. 1984. Origin and development of the vascular cambium in Aeschynomene virginica. Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 111:42-50

Cumbia, BG. 1983. Developmental changes in the wood of Bocconia vulcanica Donn. Smith. IAWA Bulletin N.S. 4:131-140.