Mohammad Pessarakli

Research Professor - The School of Plant Sciences, Adjunct Faculty, Honors College, U of A
Karsten Turfgrass Research Facility & Forbes Bldg., Room 309A
pessarak@ag.arizona.edu
(520) 321-7786 / (520) 321-7786 (Lab)

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. (1981), Soil Fertility & Plant Nutrition (Major), Agronomy & Plant Genetics (Minor), The University of Arizona
  • M.S. (with distiction) (1978), Soil Management & Crop Production, Arizona State University
  • B.S. (1977), Environmental Resources in Agriculture, Arizona State University

Research Interests

Stress Physiology, Environmental Interactions

Selected Publications

  • Pessarakli, M. (Ed.). 2010. Handbook of Plant and Crop Stress, 3rd Edition, Revised and Expanded, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Publishing Company, Florida, 1215p.
  • Pessarakli, M. (Ed.). 2007. Handbook of Turfgrass Management and Physiology, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Publishing Company, Florida, 690p.
  • Pessarakli, M. (Ed.). 2005. Handbook of Photosynthesis, 2nd Edition, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Publishing Company, Florida, 928p.
  • Pessarakli, M. (Ed.). 2001. Handbook of Plant and Crop Physiology, 2nd Edition, Revised and Expanded. Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, 973p.
  • Pessarakli, M. (Ed.). 1999. Handbook of Plant and Crop Stress, 2nd Edition, Revised and Expanded, Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, 1254 p.
  • Pessarakli, M. (Ed.). 1996. Handbook of Photosynthesis, Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, 1056 p.
  • Pessarakli, M. (Ed.). 1994. Handbook of Plant and Crop Physiology, Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, 1024 p.
  • Pessarakli, M. (Ed.). 1993. Handbook of Plant and Crop Stress, Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, 720 p.
  • Pessarakli, M. and I. Szabolcs, 2010. Soil Salinity and Sodicity as Particular Plant/Crop Stress Factors. In: Handbook of Plant and Crop Stress, 3rd Edition, Revised and Expanded (M. Pessarakli, Ed.), pp. 3-21, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Publishing Company, Florida.
  • Pessarakli, M. 2010. Response of Green Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) in Terms of Dry Matter Production, Nitrogen Uptake, and Water Absorption under Salt Stress Conditions. In: Handbook of Plant and Crop Stress, 3rd Edition, Revised and Expanded (M. Pessarakli, Ed.), pp. 879-897, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Publishing Company, Florida.
  • Pessarakli, M. 2007. Growth Responses of Bermudagrass to Various Levels of Nutrients in Culture Medium. In: Handbook of Turfgrass Management and Physiology (M. Pessarakli, Ed.), pp. 57-63, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Publishing Company, Florida.
  • Liu, H., C.M. Baldwin, H. Luo, and M. Pessarakli. 2007. Enhancing Turfgrass Nitrogen Use under Stresses. In: Handbook of Turfgrass Management and Physiology (M. Pessarakli, Ed.), pp. 555-599, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Publishing Company, Florida.
  • Pessarakli, M. 2007. Saltgrass (Distichlis spicata), a Potential Future Turfgrass Species with Minimum Maintenance/Management Cultural Practices. In: Handbook of Turfgrass Management and Physiology (M. Pessarakli, Ed.), pp. 603-615, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Publishing Company, Florida.
  • Pessarakli, M. 2006. Growth Responses and Nitrogen-15 Uptake of Tomatoes under Salt Stress. In: Vegetables: Growing Environment and Mineral Nutrition (Ramdane Dris, Ed.). pp. 80-89, WFL Publisher, Helsinki, Finland.
  • Dubey, R.S. and M. Pessarakli. 2001. Physiological Mechanisms of Nitrogen Absorption and Assimilation in Plants under Stressful Conditions. In: Handbook of Plant and Crop Physiology, 2nd Edition, Revised and Expanded (M. Pessarakli, Ed.). pp. 637-655, Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York.
  • Pessarakli, M. 2001. Physiological Responses of Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) To Salt Stress. In: Handbook of Plant and Crop Physiology, 2nd Edition, Revised and Expanded (M. Pessarakli, Ed.). pp. 681-696, Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York.
  • Pessarakli, M. and I. Szabolcs, 1999. Soil Salinity and Sodicity as Particular Plant/Crop Stress Factors. In: Handbook of Plant and Crop Stress, 2nd Edition, Revised and Expanded (M. Pessarakli, Ed.), pp. 1-15, Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York.
  • Pessarakli, M. 1999. Response of Green Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) to Salt Stress. In: Handbook of Plant and Crop Stress, 2nd Edition, Revised and Expanded (M. Pessarakli, Ed.), pp. 827-842, Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York.
  • Dubey, R.S. and M. Pessarakli. 1994. Physiological Mechanisms of Nitrogen Absorption and Assimilation in Plants under Stressful Conditions. In: Handbook of Plant and Crop Physiology (M. Pessarakli, Ed.), pp. 605-625, Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York.
  • Pessarakli, M. 1994. Physiological Responses of Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) to Salt Stress. In: Handbook of Plant and Crop Physiology (M. Pessarakli, Ed.), pp. 679-693, Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York.
  • Pessarakli, M. 1993. Response of Green Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) to Salt Stress. In: Handbook of Plant and Crop Stress (M. Pessarakli, Ed.), pp. 416-432, Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York.
  • Pessarakli, Mohammad and David M. Kopec. 2011. Growth Responses of Various Saltgrass (Distichlis spicata) Clones Under Salt Stress Conditions. Journal of Food, Agriculture, and Environment (JFAE), Vol. 9(3&4):.....-....... (in press).
  • Pessarakli, Mohammad and David M. Kopec. 2011. Responses of Various Saltgrass (Distichlis spicata) Clones to Drought Stress at Different Mowing Heights. Journal of Food, Agriculture, and Environment (JFAE), Vol. 9(3&4):.....-....... (in press).
  • Pessarakli, Mohammad. 2011. Saltgrass, a High Salt and Drought Tolerant Species for Sustainable Agriculture in Desert Regions. International Journal of Water Resources and Arid Environments (ISSN: 2079-7079), Vol. 1(1):55-64.
  • Pessarakli, Mohammad and Hayat Touchane. 2011. Biological Technique in Combating Desertification Processes Using a True Halophytic Plant. International Journal of Water Resources and Arid Environments (ISSN: 2079-7079), Vol. 1(5):.....-........ (in press).
  • Pessarakli, Mohammad, Marcum, Kenneth B., and Yahya Emam. 2011. Relative drought tolerance of various desert saltgrass (Distichlis spicata) genotypes. Journal of Food, Agriculture, and Environment (JFAE), Vol. 9(1):474-478.
  • Jahantigh, M. and M. Pessarakli. 2011. Causes and Effects of Gully Erosion on Agricultural Lands and the Environment. Communications in Soil Science & Plant Analysis Journal, Vol. 42:2250–2255.
  • Pahlavan-Rad, M.R., S.A.R. Movahedi-Naeini, and M. Pessarakli. 2011. Nutrient Uptake, Soil and Plant Nutrient Contents, Yield, and Yield Components of Wheat Plants under Different Planting Systems and Various Irrigation Frequencies. Journal of Plant Nutrition, Vol. 34 (8):1133-1143.
  • Shekoofa, A., Y. Emam, and M. Pessarakli. 2011. Effect of partial defoliation after silking stage on yield components of three grain maize hybrids under semi-arid conditions. Journal of Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science, 3:1-12. (iFirst article)
  • Emam, Y., A. Shekoofa, F. Salehi, A.H. Jalali, and M. Pessarakli. 2011. Drought Stress Effects on Two Common Bean Cultivars with Various Growth Habits. Journal of Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science, 2:1-8. (iFirst article)
  • Emam, Y., A. Ahmadi, and M. Pessarakli. 2011. Effects of Various Management Techniques of Soil Plant Residue Incorporations and Different Nitrogen Rates on Yield and Yield Components of Rain-fed Wheat (cv. Augusta) under Fars Province Condition. Iranian Field Crop Science Journal, 41(4):841-850.
  • Marcum, Kenneth B. and Mohammad Pessarakli. 2010. Salinity Tolerance of Ryegrass Turf Cultivars. HortScience, 45:1882-1884.
  • Pessarakli, Mohammad and Hayat Touchane. 2010. Biological Technique in Combating Desertification Processes Using a True Halophytic Plant. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Water Resources and Arid Environments (ICWRAE 4), Vol. 1, pp. 545-550, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • Pessarakli, Mohammad. 2010. Saltgrass, a High Salt and Drought Tolerant Species for Sustainable Agriculture in Desert Regions. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Water Resources and Arid Environments (ICWRAE 4), Vol. 1, pp. 551-561, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • Jahantigh, M. and M. Pessarakli. 2010. Comparison of Wind Erosion on Various Agricultural Lands. Communications in Soil Science & Plant Analysis Journal, Vol. 41:2122-2129.
  • Heydari, Asghar and Mohammad Pessarakli. 2010. A Review on Biological Control of Fungal Plant Pathogens Using Microbial Antagonists. Journal of Biological Sciences, 10(4):273-290.
  • Pahlavan-Rad, M.R., S.A.R. Movahedi-Naeini, and M. Pessarakli. 2010. Responses of Wheat Plants in Terms of Soil Water Content, Bulk Density, Salinity, and Root Growth under Different Planting Systems and Various Irrigation Frequencies. Journal of Plant Nutrition, Vol. 33 (6):874-888.
  • Azizpour, K., M.R. Shakiba, N.A. Khosh Kholg Sima, H. Alyari, M. Mogaddam, E. Esfandiari, and M. Pessarakli. 2010. Physiological Response of Spring Durum Wheat Genotypes to Salinity. Journal of Plant Nutrition, Vol. 33 (6):859-873.
  • Ahmadi, A., Y. Emam, and M. Pessarakli. 2010. Biochemical changes in maize seedlings exposed to drought stress conditions at different nitrogen levels. Journal of Plant Nutrition, Vol. 33(4):541-556.
  • Pessarakli, Mohammad and David M. Kopec. 2010. Growth Responses and Nitrogen Uptake of Saltgrass (Distichlis spicata L.), a True Halophyte, under Salinity Stress Conditions using 15N Technique. Proceedings of the International Conference on Management of Soils and Ground Water Salinization in Arid Regions, Vol. 2, 1-11, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.
  • Pessarakli, Mohammad and Kenneth B. Marcum. 2010. Distichlis spicata – A Salt and Drought Tolerant Plant Species with Minimum Water Requirements for Sustainable Agriculture in Desert Regions and Biological Reclamation of Desert Saline Soils. Proceedings of the International Conference on Soil Classification and Reclamation of Degraded Lands in Arid Environments and Launching of Abu Dhabi Soil Survey Report, Vol. 1, 1-11, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
  • Marcum, Kenneth B. and Mohammad Pessarakli. 2010. Relative Salinity Tolerance of 35 Lolium spp. Cultivars for Urban Landscape and Forage Use. Proceedings of the International Conference on Soil Classification and Reclamation of Degraded Lands in Arid Environments and Launching of Abu Dhabi Soil Survey Report, Vol. 1, 1-11, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
  • Kopec, D.M., J. Gilbert, and M. Pessarakli. 2010. Best Management Practices for Overseed Fairway Height Seashore Paspalum. Cactus Clippings Magazine, Golf Course Superintendents Association of Arizona (GCSAA), January-February 2010 Issue (1):23.
  • Pessarakli, M. and D.M. Kopec. 2009. Screening Various Ryegrass Cultivars for Salt Stress Tolerance. Journal of Food, Agriculture, and Environment (JFAE), Vol. 7(3&4):739-243.
  • Jahantigh, M. and M. Pessarakli. 2009. Forage Production Response of Artemisia herba alba to Variation in Rainfall and Various Soil Conditions in Arid Regions. Journal of Food, Agriculture, and Environment (JFAE), Vol. 7(3&4):717-722.
  • Asadi-kavan, Z., Ghorbanli, M., Pessarakli, M., and A. Sateei. 2009. Effect of Polyethylene Glycol and its Interaction with Ascorbate on Seed Germination Index in Pimpinella anisum L. Journal of Food, Agriculture, and Environment (JFAE), Vol. 7(3&4):662-666.
  • Jahantigh, M. and M. Pessarakli. 2009. Utilization of Contour Furrow and Pitting Techniques on Desert Rangelands: Evaluation of Runoff, Sediment, Soil Water Content, and Vegetation Cover. Journal of Food, Agriculture, and Environment (JFAE), Vol. 7(2):736-739.
  • Pahlavan-Rad, M.R. and M. Pessarakli. 2009. Response of wheat plants to zinc, iron, and manganese applications, and uptake and concentration of Zn, Fe, and Mn in wheat grains. Communications in Soil Science & Plant Analysis Journal, Vol. 40:1322-1332.
  • Ahmadi, A., Y. Emam, and M. Pessarakli. 2009. Response of Various Cultivars of Wheat and Maize to Salinity Stress. Journal of Food, Agriculture, and Environment (JFAE), Vol. 7(1):123-128.
  • Khosh-Kholgh-Sima, N.A., H. Askari, H. Hadavand Mirzaei, and M. Pessarakli. 2009. Genotype-Dependent Differential Responses of Three Forage Species to Ca Supplement in Saline Conditions. Journal of Plant Nutrition, Vol. 32(4):579-597.
  • Pessarakli, Mohammad and David Kopec. 2009. Salinity Tolerance of Turfgrasses. Cactus Clippings Magazine, Golf Course Superintendents Association of Arizona (GCSAA), September-October 2009 Issue (5):17-18.
  • Kopec, D.M., T. Cloninger, J. Gilbert, P. Brown, and M. Pessarakli. 2009. The Big Chill Bermudagrass Color Retention in the Fall. Cactus Clippings Magazine, Golf Course Superintendents Association of Arizona (GCSAA), May-June 2009 Issue (3):27-29.
  • Pessarakli, M. and D.M. Kopec. 2008. Establishment of Three Warm-Season Grasses under Salinity Stress. Acta HortScience, ISHS, Vol. 783:29-37.
  • Pessarakli, M. and D.M. Kopec. 2008. Competitive Growth Responses of Three Cool-Season Grasses to Salinity and Drought Stresses. Acta HortScience, ISHS, Vol. 783:169-174.
  • Pessarakli, M. and D.M. Kopec. 2008. Growth Response of Various Saltgrass (Distichlis spicata) Clones to Combined Effects of Drought and Mowing Heights. USGA Turfgrass and Environmental Research Online, January 1, 2008, 7(1):1-4. http://turf.lib.msu.edu/tero/v02/n14.pdf
  • Pessarakli, M. N. Gessler, and D.M. Kopec. 2008. Growth Responses of Saltgrass (Distichlis spicata) Under Sodium Chloride (NaCl) Salinity Stress. USGA Turfgrass and Environmental Research Online, October 15, 2008, 7(20):1-7. http://turf.lib.msu.edu/tero/v02/n14.pdf
  • Kopec, D.M., J. Gilbert, M. Pessarakli, S. Nolan, and W.N. Henry. 2008. “2007-2008” Fairway Bermudagrass Overseed Trials. Cactus Clippings Magazine, Golf Course Superintendents Association of Arizona (GCSAA), September-October 2008 Issue (5):23-27.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • PLS 355 (Turfgrass Management)
  • PLS 455 (Turfgrass Science: Environmental Interactions-Stress)
  • Independent Study courses (PLS 399 and PLS 499)

Areas of Research

  • Environmental and Stress Biology