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Title: Department of Plant & Soil Science Dr.Govind C. Sharma

Department of Plant Soil Science
  • Dr.Govind C. Sharma, Chairperson
  • Degree Offered
  • B.S. in Forestry , environmental Science, and
  • M.S. in Plant and Soil Science Ph.D. in Plant
    and Soil Science
  • Voice (256) 372-4174
  • Fax (256) 372-5429
  • Mailing Address P.O. Box 1208 Normal, AL 35762
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Department of Plant Soil Science
  • The Department of Plant and Soil Science, in the
    land-grant tradition, undertakes teaching,
    research and extension functions and offers 3
    B.S. degrees with two majors each in Plant
    Science (Crop Science and Horticulture), Forestry
    (Forest Science and Forest Management) and
    Environmental Science (Soil Science and
    Environmental Science). The Department fulfills
    its instructional mission by also offering M.S.
    and Ph.D. degree programs in Plant and Soil
  • The Department undertakes applied food and fiber
    production, environmental science and resource
    management research applicable to the state of
    Alabama. Its mission includes basic and applied
    research that has a national as well as global
    impact in specializations in which it has
    specific capabilities. Under the University's own
    and national mandates, the Department assists
    developing countries via training, research and
    demonstration activities. It fulfills the public
    service (extension) aspects via applied research,
    hands-on training programs, specialized
    publications, and short courses for farmers,
    landowners, community residents, organizations
    and businesses.

Faculty and Specialty
  • Caula A. Beyl, Professor
  • Ph.D. 1979, Purdue University
  • Research Interests
  • Dr. Beyl's research efforts involve several
    areas of stress or adaptation physiology,
    particularly regional adaptability of exotic
    fruit crops such as kiwi and Asian pear. She is
    also studying the effects of various levels of
    root constraint on hormonal content of exudate of
    peaches, growth regulator modification of stress
    tolerance, including acclimatization and cold
    stresses involvement of drought and light stress
    in dogwood anthracnose susceptibility use of
    remote sensing techniques to assess spread and
    severity of dogwood anthracnose, factors which
    influence water use of tissue cultured and
    acclimatized Prunus serotina adapting mushroom
    culture to space habitats and use of
    Agrobacterium rhizogenes to induce roots on
  • E-mail

Faculty and Specialty
  • Udai R. Bishnoi, Professor
  • Ph.D. 1971, Mississippi State University
  • Research Crop Production, Cropping Systems, Seed
    Physiology, and Quality of Crops
  • Dr. Bishnoi's research addresses various aspects
    of the relationships among agronomic practices,
    soil management, tillage practices and inputs on
    crop production systems. His specific
    investigative competency includes intercropping,
    soil fertility and seed quality in relation to
    agronomic performance of field crops. His work in
    this area has included the development of
    agronomic practices for triticale, and studies on
    the influence of intercropping and seed quality
    in grain sorghum, soybean and mungbean
  • E-mail
  • Phone (256)372-4204

Faculty and Specialty
  • George F. Brown, Associate Professor
  • Ph.D. 1987, University of Tennessee
  • Research Interests Forest Genetics, Virginia
    Pine Christmas Trees, Vegetative Propagation
  • Dr. Brown's research includes the genetic
    improvement of Virginia Pine for the production
    of Christmas trees, improved cultural practices
    for fertility and soil management, and vegetative
    propagation techniques for clonal multiplication
    of select genotypes. Past research has included
    determining seed source differences,
    relationships of morphological characteristics
    over time, genetic resistance to pine tortoise
    scale, genetic variation in rooting response, and
    effects of physical and chemical factors on
    rooting of pines.
  • Phone (256) 372-4181E-mail

Faculty and Specialty
  • Tommy L. Coleman, Professor
  • Ph.D. 1980, Iowa State University
  • Research Soil Pedology, Classification,
    Genesis, Conservation and Management Remote
    Sensing and GIS Applications in Soil Science
  • Dr. Coleman's research addresses the use of
    remote sensing and geographic information system
    technology in soil science. His focus is the
    development of spectral signatures for
    differentiating soil types and use of computer
    simulation models and GIS to understand spatial
    variability in soil's chemical and physical
    properties. Another area of focus is the use of
    remote sensing and GIS to study the effects of
    land use and land management practices on inland
    wetlands and waterways.
  • Phone(256)372-4192
  • E-mail

Faculty and Specialty
  • Thomas H. Green, Associate Professor
  • Ph.D. 1993, Auburn University
  • Research Forestry Operations, Physiological
  • Dr. Green's research includes investigations of
    the impact of forestry operations on stand and
    site quality, competitive interactions among
    forest species and interactions of environmental
    stresses on productivity of forest species.
    Current emphasis is on hardwood silviculture,
    hardwood stand productivity and competitive
    interactions among hardwood species. Past
    research has included physiological interactions
    of multiple environmental stresses, nutrient
    relations of forest trees and competition effects
    on southern pines.
  • Voice Mail 256-372-4231
  • E-mail

Faculty and Specialty
  • David A. Mays, Adjunct Professor
  • Ph.D. 1961, Pennsylvania State University
  • Research Soil Fertility, Constructed Wetland
    Environments, Waste Treatment
  • Dr. Mays conducts research on crop production
    and soil fertility. His specific emphasis is
    efficient use of nutrients and use of waste
    materials as fertilizers. He also studies
    constructed and natural wetlands with the
    objective of developing techniques to expand
    wetland acreage and to use wetlands in the
    remediation of waste products
  • Phone (256)372-4227
  • E-Mail

Faculty and Specialty
  • R. P. Pacumbaba, Professor
  • Ph.D. 1970, Kansas State University
  • Research Soybean Pathogens in Northern Alabama,
    Septoria Nodorum Blotch of Wheat, Cocoyam Root
    Rot Disease, Shiitake Propagation, and Soybean
    Mosaic Virus
  • E-mail
  • Phone (256)372-4186

Faculty and Specialty
  • Chandra K. Reddy, Professor
  • Ph.D. 1982, University of Florida
  • Research Sustainable Agriculture Cropping
    Systems Farming Systems Natural Resource
  • Dr. Reddy's research addresses efficient use of
    resources, profitability, natural resources
    conservation and management, and environmental
    quality. His specific current interests include
    identification and development of indicators and
    criteria for evaluation of sustainable land
    management systems and safe and judicious use of
    agricultural wastes by using modeling techniques.
    Another emphasis area of his research is
    international agriculture and institution
  • Phone (256)372-4191 E-mail

Faculty and Specialty
  • Zachary N. Senwo, Research Assistant Professor
  • Ph.D. 1995, Iowa State University
  • Research Soil Chemistry, Soil Biochemistry,
    Soil Fertility
  • Dr. Senwo's research activities focus on soil
    enzymology chemistry and bio-availability of
    waste constituents in the soil-plant continuum
    carbon sulfur, nitrogen and phosphorus chemistry
    in agricultural ecosystems soil nutrient cycling
    with particular emphasis on organic forms.
  • Phone (256)372-4216
  • E-mail

Faculty and Specialty
  • Govind C. Sharma, Department Chair Professor
  • Ph.D. 1970, Kansas State University
  • Research Plant Cell and Tissue Culture Plant
  • Dr. Sharma's research includes cereal
    protoplast, cell and tissue culture systems,
    callus initiation, plant regeneration, the
    process of morphogenesis, and developing gene
    introduction and plant transformation
    methodologies. Current emphasis is on cereals and
    cotton. His work in this area has included
    somatic embryogenesis, genotypic effects on
    callus initiation and plant regeneration, and
    detection of morphogenic events that lead to
    whole plant formation from undifferentiated
  • Phone (256) 372-4174
  • E-mail

Faculty and Specialty
  • Khairy M. Soliman, Professor
  • Ph.D. 1975, University of California, Davis
  • Research Plant Molecular Biology, Plant
    Genetics, Evolution, Gene Conservation and
    Utilization, Biological Stress
  • Dr. Soliman's research is mainly focused on the
    application of recombinant DNA technology to crop
    improvement with special emphasis on major grain
    cereals, soybean, cotton and woody plants. At
    present a great deal of his efforts are directed
    toward the construction of physical and genetic
    linkage maps. Special emphasis is placed on genes
    of major economic importance such as those
    governing disease resistance protein quantity and
    quality, and biological stress, particularly
    stress related to the environments.
  • Phone (256)372-4194
  • E-mail

Faculty and Specialty
  • Robert W. Taylor, Professor
  • Ph.D. 1977, Michigan State University
  • Research Dr. Taylor's past research focus was
    mainly in the areas of screening soybeans and
    Brady rhizobium for tolerance to soil chemical
    stresses studying the mechanism and kinetics of
    phosphate and zinc sorption on soil and mineral
    surfaces use of wastewater algal biomass as
    nitrogen fertilizer using N15-technique and
    effects of residual levels of sludge-borne toxic
    heavy metals and phosphate on soil pollution and
    phytotoxicity. His current interest focuses on
    the mechanism(s) of toxic heavy metal sorption on
    soil media particles using classical isothermic
    techniques coupled with cutting edge high
    technology methods such as synchrotron extended
    X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy
  • Phone (256)372-4187E-mail

Faculty and Specialty
  • Teferi D. Tsegaye, Associate Professor
  • Ph.D. 1994, University of Maryland
  • Research Soil Physics and Geostatistics
  • Dr. Tsegaye's research efforts include
    developing an alternative experimental approach
    of field sampling to model and predict soil/plant
    properties using remotely sensed data and
    geostatistical techniques for application in GIS
    application of geostatistics to environmental and
    agricultural related issues nutrient and
    pesticide absorption and transport through soils
    and the mathematical estimation of the processes
    involved during such transport non-point source
    pollution models to estimate surface and
    sub-surface losses characterization of
    preferential and macro-pore flow phenomena in
    soils erosion mechanics and associated models of
    predicting erosional losses wetland hydrology
    tillage management systems and soil and water use
  • Phone (256)372-4219 E-mail

Faculty and Specialty
  • Kenneth E. Ward, Assistant Professor
  • Ph.D. 1989, Mississippi State University
  • Research Integrated Pest Management in Forest
    Ecosystems, Insect Nutritional Ecology, Mating
    and Host-Finding Behaviors of Insect Herbivores
  • Dr. Ward's past research projects include a
    study of nutritional performance in bagworm moths
    as a function of host type and affiliation,
    genetic variability in oviposition preference in
    cotton bollworm moths, and the interaction of
    mating and host-finding behaviors in cabbage
    looper moths. Current research plans include
    monitoring and studying insect populations in
    short rotation hardwood stands, including
    evaluations of insect nutritional performance and
    host resistance characteristics, and evaluation
    of quarantine methods for tree nursery stock
    infested with Japanese beetles.
  • Phone (256)372-4249 E-mail

Faculty and Specialty
  • Allan Zipf, Research Assistant Professor
  • Ph.D. 1989, University of Montana
  • Research Monocot Tissue Culture, Plant
  • Dr. Zipf's research includes cereal protoplast
    and tissue culture systems, callus initiation and
    regeneration, cell suspensions and plant
    transformation. Current emphasis is on the
    transformation of oat explant, molecular markers
    in cotton and development of transformation
    strategies in conifers. Past research includes
    condensed tannin biosynthesis, RAPD markers in
    barley and alfalfa, plant virus purification and
    plant virus inhibitors and resistance.
  •  Phone (256)372-4242
  • E-mail
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