Jenny Koebernick

Associate Professor (Cotton & Soybean Breeding)

Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences

(334) 844-3801 


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256 Funchess Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849



  • Ph.D. in Agronomy, Texas A&M (2010)
  • M.S. in Crop Physiology, University of Tennessee (2006)
  • B.S. in Biology, University of Tennessee (2002)


  • Assistant Professor, Cotton and Soybean Breeder, Auburn University (2016-present)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, CSIRO, Narrabri, Australia, Cotton Breeder (2010-2016)


  • Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)
  • Agronomy Society of America (ASA)
  • National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB)
  • Association of Australian Cotton Scientists (AACS)
  • International Cotton Researchers Association (ICRA)


  • Disease resistance breeding in cotton and soybean
  • Cultivar by management strategies for improving yield potential


  • CSES 5030/6030 — Advanced Crop Science
  • CSES 5100/6100 — Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement



  • Singh, J., A. Gamble, S. Brown, B. Campbell, J. Jenkins, J. Koebernick, P. Bartley, and A. Sanz-Saez. 2023. Exploring 65 Years of Progress in Cotton Nutrient Uptake, Efficiency and Partitioning in the USA. Field Crops Research. Accepted.
  • Patel, S.J., J. Koebernick, K. Bowen, and J. Patel. 2023. Deciphering the Genetic Architecture of Resistance to Corynespora cassiicola in Soybean (Glycine max L.) by Integrating Genome-Wide Association Mapping and RNA-Seq Analysis. Frontiers in Plant Science. 14.
  • Bourland, F., J. Koebernick, and D. Jones. 2023. Registration of Arkot 1202, Arkot 1207, Arkot 1208 and Arkot 1214 Cotton Germplasm. J. of Plant Registration. Accepted.
  • Singh, J., A.V. Gamble, S. Brown, B.T. Campbell, J. Jenkins, J. Koebernick, P. C. Bartley, and A. Sanz-Saez. 2023.  65 Years of Cotton Lint Yield Progress in the USA: Uncovering Key Influential Yield Components. Field Crops Research.302:109058.
  • Patel, S., J. Patel, K. Silliman, N. Hall, K. Bowen, and J. Koebernick. 2023. Comparative transcriptome profiling unfolds a complex defense and secondary metabolite networks imparting Corynespora cassiicola resistance in soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merrill).  International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 24 (13) 10563
  • Shrestha, B., B. Ward, T. Allen, E. Da Silva, H. Zulli, W. Dunford, V. Doyle, C. Bradley, B. Buckley, P. Chen, M. Clubb, H. Kelly, J. Koebernick, G. Padgett, J. Rupe, E. Sikora, T. Spurlock, S. Thomas-Sharma, A. Tolbert, X. Zhou, and P. Price. 2023. Characterization of QoI-fungicide resistance in Cercospora isolates associated with Cercospora leaf blight of soybean from the southern United States. Plant Disease. DOI: 10.1094/PDIS-03-23-0588-RE
  • Heilsnis, B., J. Mahas, K. Conner, S. Pandey, W. Clark, J. Koebernick, R. Srinivasan, K. Martin, and A. Jacobson. 2023. Characterizing the vector competence of Aphis gossypii, Myzus persicae and Aphis craccivora (Hemiptera: Aphididae) to transmit cotton leafroll dwarf virus to cotton in the United States. Journal of Economic Entomology.
  • McDonald, S., Bilyeu, K., Koebernick, J., Buckley, B., Fallen, B., Mian, R., Li, Z. 2023. Selecting recombinants to stack high protein with high oleic acid and low linolenic acid in soybean (Glycine Max). Plant Breeding.
  • Banerjee, N., M. Khan, M. Swapna, S. Yadav, G. Tiwari, S. Jena, J. Patel, R. Manaimekalai, S. Kumar, S. Dattamajuder, R. Kapur, J. Koebernick and R. Singh. 2023.  QTL mapping and identification of candidate genes linked to red rot resistance in sugarcane. 3 Biotech. DOI: 10.1007/s13205-023-03481-7
  • Thompson, S., J. Koebernick, L. Silva, M. Mullenix, C. Heaton, R. Carrell, and S. Dillard. 2023. Forage mass and nutritive value of grain- and forage-type soybean cultivars managed under different row spacings and clipping heights. Agronomy. 13(2):487
  • Fett, R., Gillen, A., Read, Q., Patel, S., and Koebernick, J. 2023. Agrosystems, Geosciences, and Environment.
  • Heilsnis, B., Laughlin, A., Conner, K., Koebernick, J., and Jacobson, A. 2022. Vector Competency of Aphis gossypii and Bemisia tabaci to Transmit Cotton Leafroll Dwarf Virus. Journal of Cotton Sci. 26:23-30.
  • J.L. Jacobs, M.K. Mullenix, J.C. Koebernick, S.L. Dillard, S.M. Justice, D.A. Tigue, S.P. Rodning, R.B. Muntifering. 2022. Cotton gin byproduct: Effects on feed intake, quality, and safety for use in diets of gestating beef cows. Applied Animal Science. 38:402-408.
  • Jacobs, J. L., Mullenix, K., Koebernick, J.C., Dillard, L., Munterfering, R.B., Justice, S.M., and Tigue, D.A.,  2022. Cotton seed characteristics as it relates to beef cattle consumption: Protein degradability, digestibility, and gossypol content. Applied Animal Science. 38:409-416.
  • Patel, S., Koebernick, J., Bowen, K., and Patel, J. 2022. Evaluating soybean lines for Corynespora cassiicola resistance under greenhouse condition. Crop Protection. 159.
  • Conner, K., Sikora, E., Koebernick, J. and Zaccaron, M. 2022. Interdisciplinary team address  Cotton Leafroll Virus in the United States. Journal of Extension. 60(2) Article 9
  • Heilsnis, B.*, Koebernick, J.C., Jacobson, A. and Conner, K. 2021A guide to grafting for cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) virus transmission and the successful transmission of Cotton Leaf Roll Dwarf Virus. Journal of Cotton Science. Journal of Cotton Sci. 25:222-228.
  • McLaughlin, A., Heilsnis, B., Koebernick, J., Conner, K., and Jacobson, A. 2022. First Report of Tomato yellow leaf curl virus infecting Upland Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) in Alabama, USA. Plant Disease. 10.1094/PDIS-09-20-2041-PDN
  • Brown, S.M., Barber, D., and Koebernick, J. 2021.Effects of Handling of Cotton Seed on Stand Establishment and Productivity. Crop, Forage, & Turfgrass Management. 2021;e20125.
  • Moore, C., Sharma, N., Koebernick, J., and Bowen, K. 2020. Establishing a greenhouse protocol for evaluating resistance to Corynespora cassiicola in cotton. Plant Disease. Published Online:24 Mar 2021.
  • Koebernick, J.C., Ahl, J., and Weaver, D. 2020. Merging of plant breeding and pathology: A history of cotton breeding at Auburn. J. of Cotton Science. 24:175-182.
  • Patel, J., Lubbers, E., Chee, P. and J.C. Koebernick. 2020. Genetics and Genomics of Cottonseed Oil In: Tombuloglu, H., Unver, T., Tombuloglu, G., Hakeem, K. (eds) Oil Crop Genomics. Springer, New York, NY.
  • Thiessen, L., Schappe, T., Zaccaron, M., Conner, K., Koebernick, J. and Jacobson, A. 2020. First Report of Cotton Leafroll Dwarf Virus Affecting Cotton in North Carolina. Plant Disease. 104:12, 3275.
  • Koebernick, J.C., Kaplan, G., Lawrence, K., Brown, S. and Sikkens, R. 2020. Response to nematicide by cotton genotypes varying in reniform nematode resistance. Crop Sci. 61:2,929-935.
  • Liu, S.M., Koebernick, J.C., Walford, S., Constable, G.A., and Stiller W.N. 2020. Improved lint yield under field conditions in cotton over-expressing transcription factors regulating fibre initiation. Transgenic Research. 29:529-550.
  • Koebernick, J.C., Liu, S.M., Constable, G.A., Stiller, W.N. 2019. Parental selection strategy for improving fibre strength and maintaining lint yield in cotton. Industrial Crops and Products. 129:585-593.