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Personnel — David G. Holm

Professor – Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Colorado State University
San Luis Valley Research Center
0249 East Road 9 North
Center, CO 81125

Phone: 719-754-3494, ext. 14
Fax: 719-754-2619


  • Ph.D. [Major: Horticultural Science, Minor: Supporting (Plant Physiology and Plant Breeding), Collateral Field: Statistics], University of Minnesota, 1977.
  • M.S. (Plant Science), University of Idaho, 1974.
  • B.S. (Plant Science), University of Idaho, 1972.


Dave was raised on a family potato farm in southeastern Idaho. He is married to Vonda, a native of Blackfoot, Idaho. They have two children, Cameron and Ansley. Dave enjoys mentoring students through work experiences and/or science projects. He serves on several school and community boards. These include: San Luis Valley Regional Science Fair Board of Trustees, Colorado State Science Fair Board, Monte Vista School Board, Monte Vista High School Improvement Team and the Monte Vista School-to-Career Advisory Council. He also serves as a community participant in the Schoool-to-Career Program.

Current Position and Research Program:

Potato Breeding and Selection Project Leader. Principal investigator for project COLO0712 – “Development of New Potato Cultivars for Colorado via Germplasm Enhancement and Evaluation”. Research emphasizes the development of potato cultivars for Colorado with increased yield, improved quality, resistance to diseases and pests, and tolerance to environmental stresses. Additional emphasis has been placed on breeding for improved postharvest and processing qualities such as lengthened dormancy, ability to process after cold storage, and resistance to storage diseases. Other responsibilities include developing limited generation seed stocks of advanced selections and new cultivars for release to growers for evaluation and increase. Dave’s research allows him to work closely with various segments of the potato industry in Colorado and other states. Dave particularly enjoys the opportunity of interacting with local and out-of-state growers of new selections he has under evaluation. Dave has released or cooperated in the release of eight potato cultivars. Notable releases are Russet Nugget and Chipeta. Colorado has a higher percentage of its commercial potato acreage devoted to cultivars developed locally than any other state.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Potato Association of America
  • European Association for Potato Research
  • American Society for Horticultural Science
  • WCC-27 (Western Coordinating Committee for Potato Variety Development)
  • Sigma Xi

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