Oklahoma State University

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Dr. Gopal Kakani

Associate Professor

Bioenergy Crop Production

Tel: 405-744-4046

Fax: 405-744-0354





Profile - V.G. Kakani



April 2001  Ph.D. in Agriculture (Crop physiology and Modeling)

Department of Agriculture, University of Reading, Reading, UK (FELIX Scholar)

Thesis title: Quantifying effects of high temperature and water stress in groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.).


Aug 1994        M.Sc. (Agriculture): Agronomy: First Class
Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, India.
Thesis title: Comparative performance of split-planting of tillers and different methods of raising rice (Oryza sativa L.).

Jul 1992          B.Sc. (Agriculture): First Class
Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, India.




Develop an interdisciplinary research program in bioenergy production and provide state-wide and regional leadership for research in bioenergy for ethanol, biodiesel and other industrial and pharmaceutical crops. Improve productivity of bioenergy crops by developing novel management practices, alleviating abiotic stresses through physiological and molecular approaches and develop decision support tools to project bioenergy production in Oklahoma.



April 2006 to Jan 2008                              Post-Doctorate Associate,

                                                                     Department of Agronomy,

                                                                 University of Florida, FL, USA.

Work on crop model testing and improvement for their N balance processes, mostly on the new forage model and other crops. Code development, model calibration and conducting experiments in controlled environments. Additional responsibilities include conducting growth chamber experiments to determine bahiagrass response to cool temperature.



May 2001 to April 2006                                 Postdoctoral Associate,

                                              Department  of Plant and Soil Sciences,

                                                 Mississippi State University, MS, USA.

Develop and validate reliable spectral algorithms to detect growth and developmental stages and nutrient status of crop plants (cotton, sorghum, corn and soybean). Develop, refine and incorporated algorithms into cotton model - GOSSYM to improve its predictive capabilities. Conduct research on impacts of abiotic stresses (carbon dioxide, temperature, water stress, UV-B radiation and nutrients) on growth and development, pigments, photosynthesis, respiration, carbohydrate metabolism, enzyme activities, vegetative and reproductive processes, partitioning and seed yield of crops in controlled environments, pots and field conditions.



Dec 1995 to Sep 1997                                          Research Associate,

                                                                          Groundnut  Physiology,

                        ICRISAT Asia Center, Patancheru, Hyderabad, India.

Conduct, collect and analyze G x E interaction studies in peanuts involving multi-location field trials in India. Evaluate tillage and irrigation management practices on peanut production. Screen peanut genotypes and identify physiological basis for drought and photoperiod response. Supervise technicians and farm labor. Organize national and international groundnut workshops.

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