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Dr. Henry R. Owen
Professor EmeritusPhone: (217) 581-3126
Frequently Taught CoursesBIO 1100 - General Biology
BIO 3200 - Genetics
BIO 5232 - Plant Cell & Tissue Culture
EducationB.S. Biology, The College of William & Mary, 1982
M.S. Horticulture, Virginia Tech, 1984
Ph.D. Genetics, Virginia Tech, 1987
Dr. Owen’s research experiences and interests are in the use of cell, tissue, and organ culture techniques for plant propagation, regeneration, and genetic improvement, and in the physiology of threatened, endangered, and invasive plant species. Prior to joining the former Botany Department at EIU, Dr. Owen obtained research experiences with Agriculture Canada in New Brunswick, an international repository for living organisms in Maryland, and an industry-academic partnership between the J.M. Smucker Company and Ohio State University, all involving the use of plant tissue culture techniques.
Since 1994, he has expanded his focus to include the study of state-threatened and endangered species and exotic, invasive plant species. Currently, he co-coordinates the EIU Threatened and Endangered Plant Species Research Program (see link below). Since its inception, numerous undergraduate and graduate students have been involved in both field and laboratory research projects, have presented their results at state and national meetings, and have published their research in peer-reviewed botanical journals.
EIU Threatened and Endangered Plant Species Research Program
Research project to clone Old Main's Oak featured on Four Rivers Ag Report (video clip starts at 15:20).
Grant*, M.C., A.E. Claerbout*, J.M. Coons, and H.R. Owen. 2012. Seed biology of Physaria ludoviciana (Silvery Bladderpod; Brassicaceae) an endangered species in sand prairies of the Midwest. J. Torrey Botanical Soc. 139:63-75.
Owen, H.R. 2010. The Timber Press Dictionary of Plant Names. W. von Erhardt, E. Götz, N. Bödeker and S. Seybold. A.J. Coombes (ed.). 2010. Timber Press. 920 pp. (book review). Plant Science Bulletin 56(4): 182-183.
Claerbout*, A.E., B.L. Todd*, J.M. Coons, H.R. Owen+, D.W. Webb, J.E. Ebinger, and W.E. McClain. 2010. Surveys of Stylisma pickeringii var. pattersonii (Convolvulaceae), its associated plant species, and its insect visitors. Rhodora 112:228-243. +corresponding author.
Franken*, K.M., J.M. Coons, H.R. Owen, E.L. Smith, and J.E. Ebinger. 2009. Influence of reproductive and environmental factors on population size of wild hyacinth [Camassia angusta (Engelm. and A. Gray) Blank. (Liliaceae)], an Illinois endangered species. Castanea 74:114-122.
Owen, H.R. 2007. Breeding Field Crops, 5th ed. D.A. Sleper and J.M. Poehlman. 2006. Blackwell Publishing. 424 pp. (book review). Plant Science Bulletin 53(3): 128-130.
Claerbout*, A.E., J.M. Coons, H.R. Owen, and K. R. Robertson. 2007. Floral biology of Physaria ludoviciana(Brassicaceae), a plant rare to the midwest. Castanea 72: 130-137.
Owen, H.R. 2007. Dictionary of Plant Tissue Culture. Cassells, A.C. and P.B. Gahan. 2006. Food Products Press. 265 pp. (book review). Plant Science Bulletin 53(2): 80.
McDonnell*, A.L., H.R. Owen, S.C. Jones*, V.P. Gutowski, and J.E. Ebinger. 2006. Survey of the Illinois-endangered Kankakee Mallow, Iliamna remota (Greene), in Kankakee County. Erigenia 21:32-39.
McDonnell*, A.L., A.M. Mounteer*, H.R. Owen, and B.L. Todd. 2005. Influence of stem cutting and glyphosate treatment of Lonicera maackii, an exotic and invasive species, on stem regrowth and species richness. Trans. Illinois State Acad. Sci. 98:1-17.
Owen, H.R. 2004. Encyclopedic Dictionary of Plant Breeding and Related Subjects. R.H.J. Schlegel. 2003. Haworth Reference Press. 563 pp. (book review). Plant Science Bulletin 50(1): 27-28.
Flocca*, N., J.M. Coons, H.R. Owen, B.L. Fischer*, and R.E. Edgin. 2004. Germination of Silene regia seeds from four sites in Lawrence County, Illinois following scarification or stratification. Erigenia 20:8-14.
Todd*, B.L., J.M. Coons, and H.R. Owen. 2002. Scarification technique affects germination of Stylisma pickeringii (Patterson Bindweed), an Illinois endangered plant. Amer. Midland Naturalist 148:190-192.
Owen, H.R. 1999. Epistasis. In: Encyclopedia of Genetics (J.A. Knight, ed.). Salem Press. Pp. 179-183.
* = student
Selected Conference Presentations
Bolin*, J.F, K.D. Westcott*, and H.R. Owen. 2013. Cloning the Old Main Oak (Quercus macrocarpa Michx.): Preliminary studies on stem cuttings and leaf explants. Trans. Illinois State Acad. Sci.106:51.
Owen, H.R., A.B. Estanda*, B.M. Daugherty*, S.A. Eident*, O.P. Paul*, S.L. Ervin*, and A.G. Bailey*. 2011. Induction of Callus Tissue from Mature Stem Explants of the Endangered Kankakee Mallow, Iliamna remota. Trans. Illinois State Acad. Sci. 104:36.
Grant*, M.C., J.M. Coons, B.S. Carlsward, N.E Coutant, and H.R. Owen, 2009. Structural and Physiological Adaptations of Physaria ludoviciana (silvery bladderpod; Brassicaceae) to Sand Prairie Conditions. 103rd Annual Mtg. of the Botanical Soc. of America at Botany and Mycology, Snowbird, Utah.
Grant*, M.C., J.M. Coons, A.E. Claerbout*, and H.R. Owen. 2009. Seed Biology – Friend or Foe to the Endangered Physaria ludoviciana. Anderson Symposium, Illinois State University, March 27, 2009.
A.E. Claerbout*, H.R. Owen, J.M. Coons, and B.L. Todd. 2009. Investigations of insect visitors to flowers ofStylisma pickeringii (Patterson Bindweed), and endangered plant of Illinois sand prairies. Erigenia 22:61-62.
Franken*, K.M., J.M. Coons, H.R. Owen, E.L. Smith, and J.E Ebinger. 2008. Environmental and reproductive factors influencing population size of the Illinois endangered species Camassia angusta (Wild Hyacinth). Trans. Illinois State Acad. Sci. 101:21.
McDonnell*, A.L., H.R. Owen, and S.C. Jones*. 2006. Survey of the native, endangered Kankakee Mallow,Iliamna remota, in Kankakee County, Illinois. Trans. Illinois State Acad. Sci. 99:39.
McDonnell*, A.L., H.R. Owen, and J.M. Coons. 2006. Floral initiation and development of the Illinois endangered species, Iliamna remota, with different photoperiods. Botanical Society of America Ann. Mtg, Chico, CA. July 30-Aug. 3, 2006.
Mounteer*, A.L. and H.R. Owen. 2004. Influence of stem cutting and glyphosate treatment of Lonicera maackii, an exotic, invasive species, on stem re-growth and native species richness.
Beach*, S.E., J.M. Coons, H.R. Owen, B.L. Todd, and M.A.L. Smith. 2003. Comparison of Seed Production and Germination in Three Distinct Colonies of Lesquerella ludoviciana.
Wachholder*, B.E., A.J. Kerber*, H.R. Owen, and J.M. Coons. 2003. Influence of Light and Sucrose on In Vitro Development of Shoots in Stylisma Pickeringii var Pattersoni.
Beach*, S.E., J.M. Coons, H.R. Owen, B.L. Todd, and M.A.L. Smith. 2002. Lesquerella ludovicianaGermination as Affected by Season of Development, Storage, and After ripening.
Todd*, B.L., H.R. Owen, and J.M. Coons. 2002. Pollen Comparison From Insect Visitors to Stylisma pickeringii(Convolvulaceae), an Endangered Plant of Illinois Sand Prairies.
Wachholder*, B.E., H.R. Owen, and J.M. Coons. 2002. Coralberry (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus): a native landscaping and wildlife habitat alternative to Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii).
Beach*, S.E., J.M. Coons, H.R. Owen, B.L. Todd*, and M.A.L. Smith. 2001. Germination of Lesquerella ludoviciana as Affected by Colony Location and Seed Maturity.
Beach*, S.E., J.M. Coons, H.R. Owen, B.L. Todd*, and M.A.L. Smith. 2001. Germination of Lesquerella ludoviciana as Affected by Seed Age.
* = student
Former National President of Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society
and Phi Sigma representative to the American Institute of Biological Science
and Phi Sigma representative to the Association of College Honor Societies
and Phi Sigma representative to the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Former Botany Division Chair of the Illinois State Academy of Science