Drought Research

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Robert M. (Oz) Augé
Drought biology; mycorrhizal symbiosis

Tyson Brant Raper
Assistant Professor
Cotton and small grain production

Sean Michael Schaeffer
Assistant Professor

Groups and Facilities

(2 mentions)

Mycorrhiza Literature Exchange 
Researchers, literature, books, and reviews.



High Hopes for Tennessee Cotton, 4/17/2017

Faculty 360 | Avat Shekoofa, 4/10/2017

Fire at the Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center, 1/11/2017

Beef Heifer Development Center–One Year Later, 12/29/2016

Corn Irrigation in West Tennessee, 9/28/2015


(7 mentions)

It's been a challenging year for Tennessee agriculture, with hot, dry weather coming at a time when crops needed better growing conditions.

(5 mentions)

Tennessee is having one of its driest years ever. The National Drought Mitigation Center reports the entire state is experiencing moderate to severe drought.

(2 mentions)

Cattle Sell-Off 
Some livestock barns are selling three and four times the usual number of cattle, but that’s not necessarily positive. Many producers have been forced to sell because of drought.

(2 mentions)

Cotton Irrigation 
Cotton is hurting because of this summer’s drought. UTIA researchers are studying how cotton reacts to a lack of moisture – and just how much water is enough for a plant to grow.

(2 mentions)

Water Quality 
Floods, droughts and very hot or cold temperatures - all weather patterns that we experience often in Tennessee. What impact do these weather situations have?

(1 mention)

Shackelford Orchard 
Majestic oaks stand proudly next to towering pines. Stunning beauty in a peaceful setting - but what’s going on in this still forest is a decades-long research project.

(1 mention)

Forage Research 
UT researchers are looking for the best forage for cattle to produce high quality beef. The goal is to grow hay for cattle in the hot, dry months of summer – when fields are usually barren.

(1 mention)

Intro to Biosystems Engineering 
Can we get more food, water, energy? Can we solve the problem of environmental degradation, drought, famine? Is it even possible? YES! Through Agricultural and Biological Engineers.


Recent Publications

Meta-analysis of the effect of overexpression of C-repeat/dehydration-responsive element binding family genes on drought tolerance Dong, C., Y. Ma, M. Wisniewski, and Z. Cheng.  2018.  Environmental and Experimental Botany..

Deficit Irrigation of Row Crops Provides Drought Mitigation, Environmental Protection, and Optimized Yield in Humid Regions.  Leib, B. G., and T. Grant.  2018.  Conservation Innovation Grant Showcase at the 73rd Annual Conference of the Soil and Water Conservat, July 29 to August 1, 2018.

Protein, Methionine and Cysteine Upregulation in Phaseolus vulgaris Black Turtle Bean Seeds through Sulfur Fertilization at V2 and R2 Stages of Growth.  Barry, H. P.  2017.  M.S. Thesis. [Abstract]

Spring pasture following the drought.  Bates, G. E.  2017.  TCA Cattle Business. Feb.

Tree Health after the 2016 Drought.  Clatterbuck, W. K.  2017.  Tennessee Greentimes, Tennessee Greentimes 18(2): 13-15.

Impacts of cattle, deer, small mammals, and drought on the persistence of bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa Michx.) savanna remnants in Central Nebraska.  Granger, J. J., S. J. Rothenberger, D. S. Buckley, and J. M. Zobel.  2017.  Natural Areas Journal, 37(1):58-68.

Phenotyping strategies to enhance peanut drought tolerance and molecular markers for crop improvement Jyostna M. Devi, T.R. Sinclair, V.Vadez, A. Shekoofa, N. Puppala.  Mura, J. D.  2017.  In Genomics Assisted Breeding of Crops for Abiotic Stress Tolerance, Volume 2, Springer. [Abstract]

Drought length increases microbial biomass and soluble organic matter in a California annual grassland Schaeffer, S. M., C. M. Boot, D. R. Micholett, and J. P. Schimel.  2017.  Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 115:54-62.

Expression of the limited transpiration trait under high vapor pressure deficit in peanut RIL populations: Runner and Virginia type' A. Shekoofa, T.R. Sinclair, C. Aninbon, C.C. Holbrook, T.G. Isleib, P. Ozias-Akins, and Y. Chu.  Shekoofa, A.  2017.  Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science, A research paper-peer review journal, in press. [Abstract]

High temperature influence on limited transpiration response at elevated vapor pressure deficit in maize' Avat Shekoofa and Thomas R. Sinclair.  Shekoofa, A.  2017.  An abstract-accepted, Inter-Drought V, India Feb 21-25, 2017. [Abstract]

Extending hay resources for beef cattle during drought conditions Smith, J.  2017.  Extension SP 797.

Genomic identification of bZIP family genes involved in drought and heat stresses in strawberry (Fragaria vesca).  Wang, X., X. Chen, T. Yang, and Z. Cheng.  2017.  International J. Genomics., 3981031. doi: 10.1155/2017/3981031.