Vegetable Stress Physiology
Texas AgriLife Research
Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center
Department of Horticultural Sciences
Texas A&M University System
My program is centered in the identification and understanding of plant morphological and physiological adaptation mechanisms to environmental stresses and in the development of sustainable vegetable cropping systems. The current focus is on five integrated areas: 1) stand establishment, seed germination and transplant quality, shoot/root growth and physiological responses to drought and temperature stresses; 2) water conservation strategies, deficit irrigation and nitrogen impact on plant growth, development, and product quality; 3) cultural strategies for traditional and novel crops that contain high phytochemical content for human health and with adaptability to water-restricted regions, 4) plant growth regulators (PGRs) to modify vegetative and reproductive development of economically important vegetable crops, and 5) screening and selection of Texas AgriLife Research pepper, onion, and melon genotypes and commercial spinach cultivars.
Stand Establishment | Water Conservation |
Deficit Irrigation – Nitrogen – Novel Crops & Phytochemicals | PGR’s