Gopal Kakani, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Plant and Soil SciencesBioenergy Crop Production


Research Interests

Kakani’s research program is geared toward increasing the production potential of fuel, food, feed and fiber crops (crop, native and exotic), which includes improving crop tolerance to water, temperature and other abiotic stresses. His research incorporates agronomic management, physiological and molecular tools, crop models and remote sensing.

“Sustaining and enhancing the production potential of energy crops with minimum inputs in an ever changing climate is vital for the success of bioenergy crop production and biobased economy.”

Teaching Responsibilities

Key Publications

Kakani, V.G., C.B. Godsey, Y. Wu and D.R. Porter. Bioenergy Crop Production. GROW Conference, Nov 12-13, 2008, Oklahoma City, OK.

Kandel, T.P., V.G. Kakani and Y. Wu. 2008. Switchgrass genotypes response to temperature. GROW Conference, Nov 12-13, 2008, Oklahoma City, OK.

Kakani, V.G., G.K. Surabhi, K.R. Reddy. 2008. Photosynthesis and fluorescence responses of C4 plant Andropogon gerardii acclimated to temperature and carbon dioxide. Photosynthetica, 46:420-430.

Singh, S.K., V.G. Kakani, D. Brand, B. Baldwin, K.R. Reddy. 2008. Assessment of cold and heat-tolerance of winter-grown canola (Brassica napus L.) cultivars by pollen-based parameters. Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science, 194:225-236.

Kakani, V.G. and K.R. Reddy. 2007. Temperature response of C4 species big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) is modified by growing carbon dioxide concentration. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 61: 281-290.