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Max Wood

Max is an Idaho native who enjoys an active outdoorsy lifestyle that includes dirtbiking, backpacking, fishing, hunting, and backcountry skiing. He is responsible for the field and greenhouse operations of the Barley Breeding Program. He focuses on the development of varieties that are competitive with current conventional lines that are hardy in the dryland cropping systems unique to the Palouse and eastern Washington. He’s very fond of the unparalleled riches and opportunities the Palouse has to offer and encourages all visitors to explore the region.


  • Murphy, K., S.E. Ullrich, M.B. Wood, J.B. Matanguihan, V.A. Jitkov, S.O. Guy, X. Chen, B.O. Brouwer, S.R. Lyon, S.S. Jones. 2015. Registration of ‘Muir’ spring feed barley. Journal of Plant Registrations 9 (1): 283-287. DOI: 10.3198/jpr2015.01.0001crc
  • Murphy, K., S. Ullrich, M. Wood, J. Matanguihan, S. Guy, V Jitkov, X. Chen. 2015. Registration of ‘Lyon’, a two-row, spring feed barley. Journal of Plant Registrations 9 (3): 6-9. DOI: 10.3198/jpr2014.05.0031crc