W. Paul Williams
W. Paul Williams was born in Aragon Ga, USA. He graduated from the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga, USA, in 1967, with a B.S. degree in botany. He received an M.S. degree in genetics from the North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA, in 1969. He received a Ph.D. degree in genetics from the North Carolina State University in 1975. In 1976, he was hired as a Research Geneticist at the USDA-ARS Corn Host Plant Resistance Research Unit at the Mississippi State University. In 1991, he was named Research Leader of the unit. His research is primarily in the area of maize genetics and breeding with emphasis on host plant resistance. With coworkers, he has developed and released maize germplasm lines with resistance to fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda; southwestern corn borer, Diatraea grandiosella; southern root-knot nematode, Meloidogyne incognita; Aspergillus flavus infection and aflatoxin accumulation. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences and the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology at the Mississippi State University.
Biography Updated on 5 July 2011