David-Weaver2David B. Weaver

Professor Emeritus – Plant Breeding

Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences


1981 Ph.D., Purdue University (Agronomy)
1976 M.S., University of Georgia (Agronomy)
1974 B.S.A., University of Georgia (Agronomy)


1992-Present Professor, Auburn University
1987-1992 Associate Professor, Auburn University
1981-1987 Assistant Professor, Auburn University
1978-1980 Graduate Research Assistant, Purdue University
1980-1981 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Purdue University


Outstanding Faculty Member Award, College of Agriculture, Student Government Association, 2016
Club Advisor of the Year, College of Agriculture, 2015
Cotton Genetics Research Award, National Cotton Council, 2015
Richard L. Guthrie Award for Achievement in International Agriculture, 2015
Club Advisor of the Year, College of Agriculture, 2014
Fellow, Crop Science Society of America, 2013
Ralph “Shug” Jordan Professor of Writing, 2013
Dean’s Award for Advising Excellence, 2010
Fellow, American Society of Agronomy, 2009
Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence, 2008

PROFESSIONAL affiliations

American Society of Agronomy
Crop Science Society of America


Breeding, genetics and production of cotton and soybean. Primary focus is on cultivar development and germplasm enhancement, particularly with regard to pest resistance and fiber quality traits of cotton.


CSES 1000, Basic Crop Science
CSES 1003, Basic Crop Science (distance)
CSES 5100/6100, Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement
CSES 5103/6106, Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement (distance)

Select Publications

  • Weaver, D. B., and R. R. Sharpe. 2013. Registration of ‘Henderson’ soybean. J. Plant Registrations 7: 1-5.
  • Weaver, D. B. R. B. Sikkens, K. S. Lawrence, C. Sürmelioğlu, E. van Santen, and R. L. Nichols. 2013. RENlon and its effects on agronomic and fiber quality traits in upland cotton. Crop Sci. 53:913-920.
  • Weaver, D. B. 2015. Cotton nematodes. p. 547 – 570. In D. Fang (ed.) Cotton. American Society of Agronomy Monograph. Madison, WI.
  • Campbell, B. T., D, B. Weaver, R. Sharpe, J. Wu, and D. C. Jones. 2013. Breeding potential of elite Pee Dee germplasm in upland cotton breeding programs. Crop Sci. 53:894-895.
  • Tapley, M., B. V. Ortiz, E. van Santen, K. S. Balkcom, P. Mask, and D. B. Weaver. 2013. Location, seeding date, and variety interactions on winter wheat yield in southeastern United States. Agronomy J. 105:509-518.
  • Hutmacher, R., M. Ulloa, S. D. Wright, B. T. Campbell, R. Percy, T. Wallace, G. Myers, F. Bourland, D. B. Weaver, P. Chee, P. Thaxton, J. Zhang, W. Smith, J. Dever, V. Kuraparthy, D. Bowman, D. Jones., and J. Burke. 2013. Elite-Upland cotton germplasm-pool assessment of Fusarium wilt (FOV) resistance in California. Agronomy J. 105:1635-1644
  • Wu, Tingting, D. B. Weaver, R. D. Locy, S. McElroy, and E. van Santen. 2013. Identification of vegetative heat tolerant upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) germplasm utilizing chlorophyll fluorescence measurement during heat stress. Plant Breeding DOI: 10.1111/pbr.12139.
  • Walker, D. R., D. K. Harris, Z. R. King, Z. Li, H. R. Boerma, J. B. Buckley, D. B. Weaver, E. J. Sikora, E. R. Shipe, J. D. Mueller, J. W. Buck, R. W. Schneider, J. J. Marois, D. L. Wright, and R. L. Nelson. 2014. Evaluation of soybean germplasm accessions for resistance to Phakopsora pachyrhizi populations in the southeastern United States, 2009-2012. Crop Sci. DOI: 10.2135/cropsci2013.08.0513.
  • Li, Ruijuan, A. M. Rashotte, N. K. Singh, D. B. Weaver, K. S. Lawrence, and R. D. Locy. 2014. Integrated signaling networks in plant responses to sedentary endoparasitic nematodes: a perspective. Plant Cell Reports DOI: 10.1007/s00299-014-1676-6.
  • Schrimsher, D. W., K. S. Lawrence, R. B. Sikkens, and D. B. Weaver. 2014. Nematicides enhance growth and yield of Rotylenchulus reniformis resistant cotton genotypes. J. Nematol. 46:365-375.
  • Hu, Hongtao, A. M. Rashotte, N. K. Singh, D. B. Weaver, L. Goertzen, S. R. Singh, and R. D. Locy. 2015. The complexity of posttranscriptional small RNA regulatory networks revealed by in silico analysis of Gossypium arboreum L. leaf, flower and boll small regulatory RNAs. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0127468. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0127468
  • Li, Ruijuan, A. M. Rashotte, N. K. Singh, K. S. Lawrence, D. B. Weaver, and R. D. Locy. 2015. Transcriptome analysis of cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) genotypes that are susceptible, resistant, and hypersensitive to reniform nematode (Rotylenchulus reniformis). PLoS ONE 11/2015; 10(11):e0143261. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0143261
  • Stallings, A. M, K. S. Balkcom, C. W. Wood, E. A. Guertal and D. B. Weaver. 2016. Nitrogen mineralization from ‘AU Golden’ sunn hemp residue. J. Plant Nutrition 39: DOI:10.1080/01904167.2016.1193613