College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Horticulture

B. W. (Joe) Poovaiah

WSU Regents Professor and Department Chair
Associate Director of Viticulture Program
Department of Horticulture
Washington State University
PO Box 646414
Pullman, WA 99164-6414

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Areas of Interest

  • Calcium/calmodulin-mediated signaling in plants

Educational Background

  • PhD, Utah State University, Logan, UT

Teaching Responsibilities

  • HORT 416/516 – Advanced Horticultural Crop Physiology

Program Personnel

  • Liqun Du, Research Associate Professor
  • Chenjia Shen, Visiting Assistant Professor
  • Pratyush Routray (PhD candidate, 2007-2012)
  • Lei Zhang (PhD candidate, 2007-2012)

Selected Publications

Qiu, Y., Xi, J., Du, L. and Poovaiah, B.W. 2012.  The function of calreticulin in plant immunity:  New discoveries for an old protein.  Plant Signaling & Behavior 7:1-4.

Qiu, Y., Xi, J., Du, L., Suttle, J. and Poovaiah, B.W.  2012.  Coupling calcium/calmodulin-mediated signaling and herbivore-induced plant response through calmodulin-binding transcription factor AtSR1/CAMTA3.  Plant Mol. Biol. 79:89-99 (with journal cover page).

Xi, J., Qiu, Y., Du, L. and Poovaiah, B.W.  2012.  Plant-specific trihelix transcription factor AtGT2L interacts with calcium/calmodulin and responds to cold and salt stresses.  Plant Sci. 185-186:274-280.

Qiu, Y., Xi, J., Du, L., Roje, S. and Poovaiah, B.W.  2012.   A dual regulatory role of Arabidopsis calreticulin 2 in plant innate immunity.  Plant J. 69(3):489–500.

Yang, T., Ali, G.S., Yang, L, Du, L., Reddy, A.S.N., Poovaiah, B.W.  2010.    Calcium/calmodulin-regulated Receptor-like Kinase CRLK1 interacts with MEKK1 in Plants.  Plant Signaling and Behavior 5:991-994.

Yang, T, Chaudhuri, S, Yang, L, Du, L, Poovaiah, B.W.  2010.  A calcium/calmodulin-regulated member of the receptor-like kinase family confers cold tolerance in plants. J. Biol. Chem. 285:7119-7126.

Du, L., Ali, G. S., Simons, K. A., Hou J., Yang, T., Reddy, A.S.N. and Poovaiah, B. W.  2009.  Ca2+/calmodulin regulates salicylic-acid-mediated plant immunity.  Nature 457:1154-1158.

Yang, T., Du, L. and Poovaiah, B.W. 2007.  Concept of redesigning proteins by manipulating calcium/calmodulin-binding domains to engineer plants with altered traits.  Functional Plant Biology 34:343-352.

Gleason, C., Chaudhuri, S., Yang, T., Munoz-Gutierrez, A., Poovaiah, B.W. and Oldroyd, G.E.D.  2006.  Nodulation independent of rhizobia induced by a calcium-activated kinase lacking autoinhibition.  Nature.  441:1149-1152.

Du, L. and Poovaiah, B. W. 2005. Calcium/calmodulin is critical for brassinosteroid biosynthesis and plant growth.  Nature.  437:741-745.

B.W. (Joe) Poovaiah

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Phone: 509.335.2487

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