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Kent S. McKenzie, Ph.D.


Dr. Mckenzie is the Director of the Rice Experiment Station and a plant breeder working on administration, foundation seed production, and rice breeding research and support for projects at RES including those of UC and USDA cooperators.


Doctor of Philosophy in Genetics, University of California, Davis, 1980

Master of Science in Agronomy, University of California, Davis, 1977

Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Willamette University, 1975


Director of RES, California Cooperative Rice Research Foundation, Inc. (CCRRF) 2000

Plant Breeder, CCRRF RES, 1988

Associate Professor and Rice Breeder, Louisiana State University, RRS, 1981

Assistant Professor and Rice Breeder, University of Arkansas, RREC, 1980


Book Chapters

McKenzie, K.S., X. Sha, K.A.K. Moldenhauer, S.D. Linscombe, N.B. Lyman, and L.L. Nalley. 2014. Rice Chapter 10 p. 267-292.  In S. Smith, B. Diers, J. Specht, and B. Carver (eds.) Yield gains in major U.S. field crops. CSSA Special Publications 33, Madison, WI.

Mackill, D.J., and K.S. McKenzie. 2002. Origin and characteristics of U.S. rice cultivars. Chapter 1.4 In C.W. Smith and R.H. Dilday (eds.) Rice: origin, history, technology, and production. John Wiley & Sons, New Jersey.

McKenzie, K.S.  1992. Breeding for rice quality. p. 83-111.In W. Marshall and J. Wadsworth (eds.) Rice science and technology.  Marcel-Decker Inc., New York.

McKenzie, K.S., C.N. Bollich, J.N. Rutger, and K.A.K. Moldenhauer.  1987. Rice breeding in the United States, Chapter 13. p. 487-532. In W.R. Fehr (ed.) Principles of cultivar development, Vol. 2.  Macmillan Publishers Inc., New York.


Andaya, V.C. and K.S. McKenzie. 2014. Rice cultivar ‘Calhikari-202’. U.S. Patent 8,859,865 Oct. 14, 2014.

Johnson, C.W. and K.S. McKenzie. Rice cultivar ‘M-105’. U.S. Patent US 8,426,708 B16 Date issued April 23, 2013.

Johnson, C.W., and K.S. McKenzie Rice mutant allele U.S. Patent 7,687,690 Date issued March 30, 2010.

McKenzie, K.S.  2001.  Rice cultivar ‘Calhikari-201’. U.S. Patent 6,316,705 B1 Date issued Nov. 13, 2001.

McKenzie, K.S.  2001. Rice cultivar ‘M-402’. U.S. Patent 6,281,415 B1 Date issued Aug. 28, 2001.

Articles and Registrations

McKenzie KS, V.C. Andaya, F. Jodari, S.O. PB Samonte, J.J. Oster, and C.B. Andaya. 2015. Rice breeding at the California rice experiment station. SABRAO J. 47(2):1-13.

McKenzie, K.S., C.W. Johnson, F. Jodari, J.J. Oster, J.E. Hill, R.G. Mutters, C.A. Greer, W.M. Canevari, and K. Tamaki.  2006.  Rice cultivar ‘Calamylow-201’. Crop Science 46:2321-2322.

Kim, S.I., K.S. McKenzie, and T.H. Tai. 2009 A molecular survey of sd1 alleles used in US rice cultivars. SABRAO J. 41(1):25-40.

Tseng, S.T., K.S. McKenzie, C.W. Johnson, J.J. Oster, J.E. Hill, and D.M. Brandon. 2001. Registration of ‘Calmati-201’ rice. Crop Science 41:2005.

McKenzie, K.S., C.W. Johnson, S.T. Tseng, J.J. Oster, J.E. Hill, and D. M. Brandon.  1997.  Registration of ‘S-102’ rice.  Crop Science 37:1018-1019.

Delwiche, S.R., K.S. McKenzie, and B.D. Webb. 1996. Quality characteristics in rice by near-infrared reflectance analysis of whole grain milled samples. Cereal Chemistry. 73(2):257-263.

McKenzie, K.S., C.W. Johnson, S.T. Tseng, J.J. Oster, and D.M. Brandon.  1995.  Breeding improved rice cultivars for temperate regions: a case study.  Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture.  34:897-905.

McKenzie, K.S., C.W. Johnson, J.J. Oster, and J.E. Hill.  1994.  Registration of 89-Y-235, a large-seeded rice germplasm.  Crop Science 34:314-315.

McKenzie, K.S., P.K. Bollich, D.E. Groth, F. Jodari, J.F. Robinson, and J.N. Rutger. 1988.  Registration of ‘Mercury’ rice. Crop Science 28:193-194.

McKenzie, K.S., M.C. Rush, and D.E. Groth. 1986.  Registration of two disease resistant germplasm lines of rice. Crop Science 26:839-840.


Member, California Rice Commission Technology Committee

Member, California Rice Certification Act Advisory Board

USA Rice Federation Regulatory Affairs & Food Safety Committee, Sustainability Committee

2014 USA Rice Industry Award Recipient

California Agricultural Leadership Program Class XXIX (2000)

Chairman 1994-1998 Rice Crop Germplasm Committee

Member, Crop Science Society of America

Member of International Association of Cereal Chemists, Rice Division
Vice Chairman 1997-98, Chairman 1998-1999

Member, Rice Technical Working Group

Co-chairman Rice Blast Disease Task Force 1997