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Rajeev Arora


Department of Horticulture
139 Horticulture Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-1100

(515) 294-0031
139 Horticulture



Doctor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Master of Science, G.B. Pant University of Agric. & Tech., Pantnagar, India

Research Focus

Low Temperature Stress Biology of plants.  Emphasis is on the physiological, molecular and genetic understanding of freeze-thaw process, freeze-thaw injury, post-thaw recovery, cold acclimation, deacclimation, and dormancy.  Dr. Arora is also a member of Interdepartmental Plant Biology (IPB) major.

Awards/Scholarly Recognition

2017, Invited seminar, Zhejiang University, College of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Hangzhou, China
2017, Invited seminar, University of Massachusetts, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, Amherst, MA
2016, Invited seminars in China at:  Beijing Forestry University and Beijing University of Agriculture
2016, Invited seminars in Chile at:  1) X1 Colloquium on Plant Ecophysciology, Parque Katalpi; 2) mini symposium, “Climate Change:  the impact of extreme events, Universidad de la Frontera; 3) Centro de Biotecnologia, Universidad de Concepcion
2016, Invited to teach at “Plant Ecophysiology Course”, Parque Katalpi, Chile
2015, 6-month sabbatical, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam, Germany
2015, Invited seminar, Botanical Colloquium, Dept. of Environmental Sciences,
University of Basel, Switzerland
2015, Invited seminar, Colloquium of the Collaborative Research Center 973,
Freie University, Berlin
2014, Invited seminar, 10th International Plant Cold Hardiness Symposium, Poznan, Poland
2014, Invited seminar, Plant Sciences Department, Cornell University, Ithaca
2012, Keynote speaker, 2nd International Woody Ornamental Symposium, Ghent, Belgium
2011, Invited seminar, 9th International Plant Cold Hardiness Symposium, Luxembourg
2008, Invited seminar, University of Aarhus, Horticulture Research Center, Aarslev, Denmark, 2
2006, Invited seminar, Plant and Microbe Adaptations to Cold
2006, Salsomaggiore Terme, Italy
2004, Invited seminar, National Agricultural Research Center, Hokkaido Region, Sapporo, Japan
2004, Guest Editor- “Adaptations and Responses of Woody Plants to Environmental Stresses”
2002-2004, Associate Editor, J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Science (Environmental Stress Physiology)
2002, Keynote lecture, Winter Climate Variations & Plant Death in the North, Uppsala, Sweden
2002, Invited seminar, Intl Rhododendron Conference “Rhodo 02”, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2002
2000, Gamma Sigma Delta – Faculty Merit Award, 2000
1997, Outstanding Teacher, Division of Plant & Soil Sciences, West Virginia University

Teaching Responsibilities

Horticulture 221 – Principles of Horticulture
Horticulture 321 – Horticulture Physiology
Hort/STB 543 – Seed Physiology