Professor, Crop science
of Biological and Environmental Sciences
1983-1988: Ph.D. Agricultural Sciences,
University of Tasmania, Australia
1979-1981: M.S. Agronomy, Andhra Pradesh
Agricultural University, India
1975-1979: B.S. Agricultural Sciences, Andhra Pradesh
Agricultural University, India.
2008 - Current: Professor of Crop Science, (AAMU)
2008 - Current: Program Coordinator, Plant Science and
- 2008 – Associate Professor of Crop Science (AAMU)
1993-2003: Research Associate (Agronomy), Fort Valley
State University, GA.
1990-1993: Post doctoral Fellow, University of Georgia,
1983-1988: Research Assistant, University of Tasmania,
798 (2 h) Teaching Experience for Doctoral Students
502 (3 h) Scientific Writing – graduate level
417/517 (3 h) Sustainable Crop Production – undergraduate/graduate level.
441/541 (4 h) Phytophysiology – undergraduate and graduate level.
425 (3 h) Lawn and Turfgrass Management – undergraduate level.
Research interests: Development of sustainable
organic production systems for vegetable, field and medicinal crops: Evaluation
and development of production practices for introduction and establishment of
new crops in a given environment; Agroforestry-forest farming with forest
medicinal species; alley cropping with vegetable and medicinal herbs;
Evaluation of genotypes using growth, radiation use efficiency, and yield
research on medicinal plants with hypoglycemic/antihyperglycemic properties
involves evaluation of germplasm lines, development of chemical profiles, and
validation of their medicinal properties, primarily antidiabetic properties
through collaborative research with other institutions. Develop best management
practices for cover crop-based sustainable organic production systems for
vegetable, field, and medicinal crops.
Evaluation and introduction of new crops in a given environment,
evaluation of inputs and technologies for improving soil and crop productivity.
Establishment of pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan)
as a food and feed crop in Alabama. Providing guidance and help limited
resource farmers in the black belt counties of Alabama achieve self sufficiency
in sustainable organic production systems.
of genotypes using growth, radiation use efficiency, and yield component
analyses. Screening germplasm and identification of physiological requirements
for adaptation of crops to new environments. Working with breeders towards
development of improved cultivars with
greater productivity. Conducting research to identify and develop
environmentally friendly, sustainable crop production/management practices for
improved crop productivity and profits to farmers. Has several years of field and greenhouse research
experience in agronomy and physiology of a variety of field/row and vegetable
crops in diverse environments.
Expertise and facilities for conducting cutting-edge
agronomic/horticultural research on field, vegetable, and medicinal crops.
Organic Production Systems: Development of cover crop-based organic
production systems for vegetable and medicinal crops.
and Demonstration of Ethnic Vegetable Crops. Popular Hispanic, Indian,
Chinese/Japanese/Korean vegetable crops in North Alabama.
of sustainable organic production systems for medicinal crops,
basil, turmeric, and bitter melon.
Potential crops: Aloe and
of medicinal properties, identification of mode of action,
identification, isolation, and characterization of bioactive compounds through
collaborative research with other institutions.
Research on service berry (Amelanchier alnifolia): Determination of mode of action of
Antidiabetic activity and isolation and identification of bioactive compounds.
Production practices- both conventional and organic
Genotypic variation in growth and elemental chemical
profiles of basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum)
with and without nutrient stress.
Response of basil (Ocimum
tenuiflorum) to four soil types of Alabama.
crops for Alabama:
(Cajanus cajan) as a potential
vegetable and forage crop for small farms in Alabama.
of mungbean (Vigna radiata) as a cash
crop in Alabama.
Improvement in collaboration with West Virginia State University:
Determination of phenotypic and genotypic relationships
in water melon, development of linkage map, and identification of QTLs
associated with desirable fruit traits.