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Michael V Mickelbart

Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 

  • Associate Prof of Botany & Horticulture
WSLR Room B024
170 S. University St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Botany and Plant Pathology 

  • Associate Prof of Botany & Horticulture

Area of Expertise: Plant Physiology


Courses currently taught:


HORT 30100, Plant Physiology


Our lab is focused on both applied and basic aspects of plant water and nutrient physiology and management.


Plant water use and stress physiology

Our group uses a number of model species to identify the genetic basis for improved water use efficiency (WUE) in plants (Yoo et al., 2009). Recent work (Yoo et al., 2010) provides exciting evidence for the role of stomatal development on WUE and water stress tolerance in plants. Ongoing projects in the lab are focused on the identification and characterization of flowering time transcription factors that may also regulate WUE, identification of WUE genes in the model species Thellungiella halophila, the identification of QTL associated with WUE in maize, and the effect of transpiration rate on nutrient uptake in plants.


Plant nutrition

Our work on plant nutrition is undertaken to provide science-based recommendations to growers in Indiana and throughout the U.S. Published research has resulted in refined protocols for tissue (HortSci, 2010) and container (HortTech, 2009) nutrient sampling, and ongoing research has provided the basis for reducing container production fertilizer rates. Currently, we are also utilizing stable isotopes to track nitrogen fates in container plants.

Awards & Honors

(2015) Benjamin Meeker Visiting Professor. Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK.

(2012) Borlaug Fellowship Visiting Scientist. Borlaug.

(2012) Fulbright Visiting Scientist Fellowship. Fulbright.

Selected Publications

Mickelbart, M. V., Hasegawa, P. M., & Salt, D. E. (2010). Responses and Adaptations to Abiotic Stress. In Plant Physiology (Vol. 5th, p. 26). Sunderland, Massachusetts: Sinauer.

Yoo, C. Y., Pence, H. E., Jin, J. B., Miura, K., Gosney, M. J., Hasegawa, P. M., & Mickelbart, M. V. (2010). The Arabidopsis GTL1 transcription factor regulates water use efficiency and drought tolerance.. The Plant Cell, 22, 4128-4141.

Yoo, C. Y., Pence, H. E., Hasegawa, P. M., & Mickelbart, M. V. (2009). Regulation of transpiration to improve crop water use.. Critical Reviews in Plant Science, 28, 410-431.

Orsini, F., D'Urzo, M. P., Inan, G., Serra, S., Oh, D. H., Mickelbart, M. V., . . . Maggio, A. (2010). A comparative study of salt tlerance parameters in eleven wild relatives of Arabidopsis thaliana.. Journal of Experimental Botany, 61, 3787-3798.

Peel, G. J., Mickelbart, M. V., & Rhodes, D. (2010). Choline metablolism in glycinebetaine accumulating and non-accumulating near-iosgenic lines of Zea mays and Sorghum bicolor.. Phytochemistry, 71, 404-414.

Baxter, I. R., Hosmani, P. S., Rus, A., Lahner, B., Borevitz, J., Muthukumar, B., . . . Salt, D. E. (2009). Root suberin regulates water relations and mineral nutrition in Arabidopsis. PLoS Genetics, 5(5), 1000492.

AbuQamar, S., Luo, H., Laluk, K., Mickelbart, M. V., & Mengiste, T. (2009). Crosstalk between biotic and abiotic stress responses in tomato is mediated by the AIM1 transcription factor.. The Plant Journal, 58, 347-360.

Mickelbart, M. V. (2010). Variation in leaf nutrient concentrations due to leaf position and petiole inclusion.. HortScience, 45, 428-431.

Torres, A. P., Mickelbart, M. V., & Lopez, R. G. (2010). Leachate volume effects on pH and electrical conductivity measurements in containers obtained using the pour through method.. HortTechnology, 20, 608-611.

Mickelbart, M. V., Bender, G. S., Witney, G. W., Adams, C., & Arpaia, M. L. (2007). Effect of clonal rootsotcks on 'Hass' avocado yield components, alternate bearing, and nutrition.. Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology, 82, 460-466.