David Byrne, a Professor in Horticultural Sciences at Texas A&M University, currently holds the Basye Endowed Chair in Rose Genetics. He has run the Stone Fruit Breeding Program and developed over 20 medium-to-low chill peaches and nectarines. In the early 1990s, working with Dr. Robert Basye, a rose breeder and retired Professor of Mathematics, he began the Rose Breeding and Genetics Program which was recently enhanced by the donation of the breeding stock from the Father of the Miniature Rose, Ralph Moore. The focus of the program is to develop disease-resistant (black spot, cercospora, rose rosette) and heat-tolerant roses. He currently coordinates the national Specialty Crop Research Initiative program entitled ‘Combating Rose Rosette Disease”, chairs the National Clean Plant Network for Roses and participates in the RosBREED II project which is discovering genetic tags useful for the breeding of roses and peaches.