Raju Rangappa (Raju)


Office: Dorman 424
Phone: (785) 317-6810

PO Box 9555, 32 Creelman St,
Department of Plant and Soil Sciences,
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Dr. Raju Bheemanahalli grew up on a family farm in Bheemanahalli, India. He later earned both a master's and a doctoral degree from the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bengaluru, India, where he graduated as a gold medalist. After completing his Ph.D., Raju transitioned to work at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines before accepting a post-doctoral position at Kansas State University. Dr. Raju authored or co-authored 33 peer-reviewed journal articles, two book chapters, and >50 national or international conference abstracts. Since accepting his current position as an Assistant Research Professor at Mississippi State University in 2020, Raju's research concentrated on connecting classical stress physiological and remote sensing/high throughput phenotyping tools to improve field crops' resilience to abiotic stress.
Research Interest:
My research focused on improving the resilience of field crops to abiotic stresses at different development stages. Some of my research projects involve
1. Quantifying the impact of abiotic stress in field crops.
2. Developing classical and remote sensing phenotyping tools to scan phenotypic variability among different genetic resources.
3. Mapping genetic loci associated with abiotic stress resilience.
I enjoy playing and watching cricket, playing chess, and listening to music.

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