Paul H. Moore



10/2007-Present            Consultant, USDA/ARS collaborator, and head of the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center Cellular and Molecular Biology Research Unit

1998-2007            Research leader, USDA/ARS, PBARC, Tropical Plant Physiology, Pathology, and Production unit, Aiea, HI

4/2001-5/2002            Acting Center Director, US Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center, Hilo, HI

1997-1999            Acting Laboratory Director, Tropical Fruit, Vegetable & Ornamental Crops Laboratory, Hilo, HI

1996-1998            Research Leader, ARS Tropical Fruit, Vegetable & Sugarcane Research Unit, Aiea, HI

1986-Present            Head of Cellular and Molecular Biology Research Unit, HSPA, Aiea, HI

Research Leader (Plant Phys)  ARS Sugarcane Research Unit, Aiea, HI

1967-1975            Supervisory Plant Physiologist  ARS Sugarcane Research Lab, Aiea, HI

1966-1967            Postdoctoral Research Associate, Plant Physiology, UCLA, CA

1963-1966            Teaching and Research Assistant, Plant Physiology, UCLA. CA

1964 summer            Biology Instructor, California State University, Long Beach, CA

1962 summer            Research Assistant, California State University, Long Beach. CA



B.S., California State University, Long Beach, 1961

M.S., University of California, Los Angeles, 1965
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1966



Valedictorian, Papillion High School, Papillion, Nebraska

University of Nebraska Regents Scholarship

Honor Society, Orange Coast College, California

Sigma Xi

NSF Training Grant - Biospace Technology

Postdoctoral Fellowship, UCLA

Outstanding Biology Alumnus Award, Cal State University, Long Beach 1986

Chairman Physiology Section, International Soc Sugar Cane Technology (1987-91)

Affiliate Faculty, U. of Hawaii, Dept. Plant Molecular Physiology (1988-present)

Chairman Mol. Biol. Section, International Soc Sugar Cane Technology (1991-1997)

Corresponding Secretary of the International Consortium for Sugarcane Biotechnology (1996-present)

Distinguished Service and Lifetime Membership Award of the Hawaii Sugar Technologists 1997



American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Society of Plant Physiologists
Hawaiian Sugar Technologists
International Society of Plant Molecular Biologists
International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists


The productivity of my 41-year research career is documented with 167 publications, including 8 invited book chapters, and 191 abstracts of papers presented at national and international meetings. There have also been two articles for the World Book Encyclopedia, over 200 articles in the annual reports of the Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association and the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center, several subject matter reports, and a series of articles for the newsletter of the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists. Highlights of my research accomplishments include conducting and leading team research that:

  • Developed practical methods for inducing, synchronizing, or preventing sugarcane flowering for enabling sexual crossing and for reducing yield losses
  • Developed technologies for use of plant growth regulators for increasing sugarcane sucrose accumulation
  • Developed and applied technologies to produce genetic linkage maps to assist sugarcane breeders in producing improved cultivars
  • Developed, improved, and applied tissue culture and transformation systems for germplasm improvement  of papaya, sugarcane, and pineapple
  • Developed and improved technologies for assessment of genetic diversity of coffee, macadamia, papaya, pineapple
  • Assessed genetic diversity of plant pathogens responsible for sugarcane smut disease and blight of ginger root
  • Developed an extensive program for genomic analysis of papaya including production of multiple cDNA libraries, a BAC library, a highly saturated genetic map, a fine genetic map of the male sex determination region, and the isolation of genes for resistance to diseases



1.          Ming, R., Wang, J., Moore, P. H., and Paterson, A. H.  Sex chromosomes in flowering plants. Am. J. Bot 94:141-150. 2007.

2.          Ming, R., Yu, Q., and Moore, P.H.  Sex determination in papaya. Seminars Cell Devel. Biol. 18:401-408. 2007.

3.          Ming, R. and Moore, P.H. Genomics of sex and sex chromosomes. Curr Opinion Plant Biol. 10:123-130. 2007.

4.          Yu, Q., Hou, S., Hobza, R., Feltus, F. A., Wang, X., Jing, W.., Skelton, R. L., Blas, A., Lemke, C., Saw, J. H., Moore, P. H., Alam, M., Jiang, J., Paterson, A. H., Vyskot, B., Ming, R.  Chromosomal location and gene paucity in the male-specific region onpapaya Y chromosome. Mol Genetics Genomics 278:177-185. 2007.

5. Ackerman, C.M., Yu, Q., Kim, S., Paull, R.E., Moore, P.H. and Ming, R. B-class MADS-box genes in trioecious papaya: two paleoAP3 paralogs, CpTM6-1 and CpTM6-2, and a PI ortholog CpPI. Planta 227:741-753. 2007.

6.          Cuixia Chen, Qingyi Yu, Shaobin Hou, Yingjun Li, Moriah Eustice, Rachel L. Skelton, Olivia Veatch, Rachel E. Herdes, Lauren Diebold, Jimmy Saw, Yun Feng, Wubin Qian, Lee Bynum, Lei Wang, Paul H. Moore, Robert E. Paull, Maqsudul Alam, Ray Ming. Construction of a Sequence-Tagged High-Density Genetic Map of Papaya for Comparative Structural and Evolutionary Genomics in Brassicales. Genetics 177:2481-2491. 2007.

7.          Yu, Q., Hou, S., Feltus, F. A., Jones, M. R., Murray, J., Veatch, O., Lemke, C., Saw, J. H., Moore, R. C., Thimmapuram, J., Liu, L., Moore, P. H., Alam, M., Jiang, J., Paterson, Ming, R.  Low X/Y divergence in four pairs of papaya sex linked genes. Pant J. 53:124-132. 2008. (Cover Article)

8.          Eustice, M., Yu, Q., Lai, C. W, Hou, S. Thimmapuram, J., Liu, Lei, Alam, M. Moore, P. H., Presting, G. G., and Ming, R.  Development and application of microsatellite markers for genomic analysis of papaya. Tree Genetics & Genomes 4:333-341. 2008.

9.          Qingyi Yu, Rafael Navajas-Pérez, Eric Tong, Jon Robertson, Paul H. Moore, Andrew H. Paterson and Ray Ming. Recent origin of dioecious and gynodioecious Y chromosomes in papaya. Trop Plant Biol 1:49-57. 2008.

10.      Qingyi Yu, Denise Steiger, Elena M. Kramer, Paul H. Moore, Ray Ming. Floral MADS-box genes in trioecious papaya: Characterization of AG and AP1 subfamily genes revealed a sex-type-specific gene. Trop Plant Biol 1:97-107. 2008

11.      Ray Ming, et al. (82 co-authors). Genome of the transgenic tropical fruit tree papaya (Carica papaya L.). Nature 452:991-996. 2008 (Cover Article)

12.      McCafferty, H. R. K., Moore, P. H., and Y. J. Zhu. Papaya transformed with the Galanthus nivalis GNA gene produces a biologically active lectin with spider mite control activity. Plant Sci 175:385-393. 2008

13.      Mangwende, T., Wang, ML, Borth, W., Hu, J., Moore, P.H., Albert, H.H. The P0 gene of Sugarcane yellow leaf virus encodes an RNA silencing suppressor with unique activities. Virology (doi:10.1016/j.virol.2008.10.034)