Dr. Jifon's research is focused on environmental stress physiology of plants -- the physiological, biochemical and molecular mechanisms and traits that confer tolerance to environmental stresses (especially to drought, radiation/temperature extremes, and nutrient imbalance). A key theme in his research is to use integrated measurements obtained at leaf, whole-plant, and stand levels to study factors that regulate photosynthetic efficiency, water/nutrient use efficiency, assimilate partitioning, yield and quality. The aim is to use the information gained in these studies to develop practical strategies to optimize productivity and quality by improving plant tolerance to environmental stresses.

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Academic Articles83
  • Sivakumar, D., & Jifon, J. (2017). Influence of Photoselective Shade Nettings on Postharvest Quality of Vegetables. Preharvest Modulation of Postharvest Fruit and Vegetable Quality. (pp. 121-138). Elsevier.
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  • Crosby, K., Jifon, J., & Leskovar, D. (2008). Agronomy and the nutritional quality of vegetables. Improving the Health-Promoting Properties of Fruit and Vegetable Products. (pp. 392-411). Elsevier.
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  • Ming, R., Moore, P. H., Wu, K., D'hont, A., Glaszmann, J. C., Tew, T. L., ... Paterson, A. H. (2005). Sugarcane Improvement through Breeding and Biotechnology. Plant Breeding Reviews. (pp. 15-118). John Wiley & Sons, Inc..
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Conference Papers39
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