Specialty：Crop Stress Physiology
Support Staff and Students
Develop a competitive and extramurally funded research program in the area of crop water use, water use efficiency, and abiotic and biotic stress resistance in major field crops in the Texas High Plains. The overall goal of my research program is to provide selection tools for breeders and geneticists and management tools for agronomists and producers, through better understanding the physiological mechanisms of crop performance under stress conditions. The major research focuses include understanding physiological and molecular mechanisms of drought tolerance, identifying plant traits conferring to stress tolerance, understanding the interactions of abiotic and biotic stresses, evaluating and developing field phenotyping tools, and developing management strategies under stress conditions. Advise graduate student research. Agronomy – Due to the absence of an extension agronomist, I managed the agronomy research program during the 2012 and 2013 cropping seasons. The goal of agronomy research is to provide unbiased field management information to producers in Texas High Plains & beyond. The research activities include evaluation of new varieties and hybrids (wheat, grain sorghum, forage sorghum, energy sorghum and corn), investigation of water and N use efficiency in grain sorghum and cotton under various soil water regimes, and evaluation of new herbicides, fungicides and PGRs for improving crop yields and grain quality in major crops (corn, wheat sorghum and cotton).