Andrew M. Torres

Professor Emeritus
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Ph.D. Indiana University

Paleontology, especially fossil marine green algae

Representative Publications

1967.  Prácticas para biología generál.  Editoriál Universidád de Oriente,  Cumaná, Venezuela.  ix + 75 pp.

1968.  Algunas plantas leñosas de Cumaná.  Editoriál Universidád de Oriente,  Cumaná, Venezuela.  134 pp.

1970.  With R.L. Costello, R. Smith and B. Schmidt. A laboratory  manual for General Botany.  Kenall/Hunt Publishing Company,
            Dubuque,  Iowa.  vi + 217 pp.

1971.  With M.W. Katz.  Estadística applicada a genética generál.  Regional Technical Aids Center, Mexico.  48 pp.

The  papers that follow were accounts of some aspects of the ethnobiology of Amerindians of the Orinoco delta, and a report on an
            exchange program between the University of Kansas and the Universidád de Oriente in eastern Venezuela.

1968.  Notas sobre la etnobiología de los Guaraunos.  Oriente, Año  l, no. 3, pp. 68-81.

1968.  Plan KUUDO;  An experiment in a new dimension of university responsibility.  Bulletin of the American Association of  University
           Professors,  54:85-89.

Some particularly exciting research projects were reported in the following publications:

1974.  Sunflower alcohol dehydrogenase:  Adh-1 genetics and dissociation-recombination.  Biochemical Genetics, 11:17-24. and,

1976.  Dissociation-recombination of intergenic sunflower alcohol dehydrogenase isozymes and relative isozyme activities.
               Biochemical Genetics,  14:87-98.  These papers report the first  time that our lab had taken two different dimeric isozymes
               apart into their constituent monomers and put them back together  again in new combinations.  Now, of course, this process
               is no doubt routine.

1978.  With U. Diedenhofen, B.O. Bergh, and R.J. Knight.  Enzyme  polymorphisms as genetic markers in the avocado.  American
               Journal of Botany,  65:134-139.  This was the beginning of using fruit crop isozymes as markers to examine different problems
                in different  crops.   My introduction to horticulture and to long and wonderful collaborations with horticultural geneticists
                Bob Bergh and Bob Soost, UC-Riverside, California.   I was quite pleased that a scientist from Kansas, where none of these
                crops can  grow,  was involved with starting this field.

1980.  Soost, R.K. T.E. Williams and A.M. Torres.  Identification of nucellar and zygotic seedlings of Citrus with leaf  isozymes.
              Horticultural  Science, 15:728-729,   and,

1982.  With R.K. Soost and T. Mau-Lastovicka.  Citrus isozymes:  Genetics and distinguishing nucellar from zygotic seedings.  Journal
                of  Heredity,  73:335-339.   An innovative use of isozymes to address an age old problem in citrus breeding,  identifying the
                genetic origins of seedlings from polyembryonic seeds years before valuable resources were invested in culturing them.

1999.   A three-dimensional CT (CAT) scan through a rock with Permian Alga Ivanovia tebagaensis.  Journal of Paleontology,
              73:154-158. A detailed study of some morphological features of embedded alga from nondestructive CT scans.

2003. With A. M. Christensen, T. E. Masters and R. A. Ketcham. From CT scan of embedded Ivanovia to models using rapid prototyping.
             Palaeontology, 46:839-843.

2003.  Sexual reproductive structures in the green alga Ivanovia triassica.  Lethaia, 36:33-40.

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