Three faculty members in the Department of Plant Biology have been ranked “Best Plant Science and Agronomy Scientists” by Research.com. The latest scientific rankings were based on number of publications and their citation values within the discipline.
Distinguished Professor Bingru Huang focuses her research on understanding mechanisms of plant tolerance to abiotic stress tolerance, including heat, drought, and salinity for grass species, with emphasis on cool-season turfgrass species.
Distinguished Professor James Simon leads the research portfolio of the New Use Agriculture and Natural Plant Products, which focuses on the development of new crops, the identification of new bioactive compounds, new uses of plants and plant products and the botanical standardization of phytomedicines.
Professor James White studies plant microbiomes and how plants use microbiomes as sources of nutrients and defense. His lab’s ultimate goal is to develop new and effective ways to protect plants from biotic and abiotic stresses, and enhance the nutritional status of crop plants.