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Balasubramani Rathinasabapathi
Professor Graduate Coordinator

University of Florida


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Recent Publications:

 Han, Y.,  Fu, J.,  Xiang, P., Cao, Y.,  Rathinasabapathi, B.,  Chen, Y.,  Ma, LQ (2017)     Arsenic and phosphate rock impacted the abundance and diversity of bacterial arsenic oxidase and reductase genes in rhizosphere of As-hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata Journal of Hazardous Materials 321: 146-153.


 Liu, X., Fu, J., Da Silva, E., Shi, X., Cao, Y., Rathinasabapathi, B., Chen, Y., Ma, LQ (2017)      Microbial siderophores and root exudates enhanced goethite dissolution and Fe/As uptake by As-hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata.  Environmental Pollution 223: 230-237. 


Fu, J., Liu, X., Han, Y., Mei, H., Cao, Y., de Oliveira, L., Liu, Y., Rathinasabapathi, B., Chen, Y., Ma, LQ (2017) Arsenic-hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata efficiently solubilized phosphate rock to sustain plant growth and As uptake.  Journal of Hazardous Materials 330: 68-75.


Chen, Y., Han, Y.,  Cao, Y.,  Zhu, Y.,  Rathinasabapathi, B.,  Ma, LQ (2017)        Arsenic transport in rice and biological solutions to reduce arsenic risk from rice. Frontiers in plant science 8


Oliveira, LM., Suchismita, D.,  Gress, J., Rathinasabapathi, B.,  Chen, Y.,  Ma, LQ (2017)            Arsenic uptake by lettuce from As-contaminated soil remediated with Pteris vittata and organic amendment.  Chemosphere 176:                             249-254. 


Grigio, ML, Chagas, EA., Rathinasabapathi, B.,Chagas, PC., da Silva, ARV., Sobral, STM.,  de Oliveira, RR. (2017) Qualitative evaluation and biocompounds present in different parts of camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia) fruit.  African Journal of Food Science           11: 124-129. 


Han, Y., Liu, X., Rathinasabapathi, B., Li, H., Chen, Y., Ma, LQ (2017) Mechanisms of efficient As solubilization in soils and As accumulation by As-hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata.  Environmental Pollution 227:                                     569-577. 


Balal, RM., Shahid, MA., Vincent, C., Zotarelli, L., Liu, G., Mattson, NS., Rathinasabapathi, B., Martínez-Nicolas, JJ., Garcia-Sanchez, F (2017) Kinnow mandarin plants grafted on tetraploid rootstocks are more tolerant to Cr-toxicity than those grafted on its diploids one.  Environmental and Experimental Botany 140: 8-18.                                    


Chen Y, Fu JW, Han YH, Rathinasabapathi B, Ma LQ (2016)  High As exposure induced substantial arsenite efflux in As-hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata.  Chemosphere 144: 2189-2194. 


Han YH, Fu JW, Chen Y, Rathinasabapathi B, Ma LQ (2016)  Arsenic uptake, arsenite efflux and plant growth in hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata:  Role of arsenic-resistant bacteria.  Chemosphere 144: 1937-1942. 


De Oliveira LM, Gress J, De J, Rathinasabapathi B, Marchi G, Chen Y, Ma, LQ (2016) Sulfate and chromate increased each other’s uptake and translocation in As-hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata.  Chemosphere 147: 36-43. 


Goncalves, EC, Wilkie, AC, Kirst M, Rathinasabapathi, B (2016) Metabolic regulation of triacylglycerol accumulation in the green algae:  identification of potential targets for engineering to improve oil yield.  Plant Biotechnol J. 14: 1649-1660.


Goncalves, EC, Koh, J., Zhu N, Yoo MJ, Chen S, Matsuo, T, Johnson JV, Rathinasabapathi, B (2016) Nitrogen starvation-induced accumulation of triacylglycerol in the green algae:  Evidence for a role for ROC40, a transcription factor involved in circadian rhythm.  Plant Journal 85: 743-757.


Vilarinho, L.B.O., Silva, D.J.H., Greene, A., Salazar, K.D., Alves, C., Eveleth, M., Nichols, B., Tehseen, S., Khoury Jr., J.K., Johnson, J.V., Sargent, S.A., Rathinasabapathi, B. (2015)  Inheritance of fruit traits in Capsicum annuum:  Heirloom cultivars as sources of quality parameters relating to pericarp shape, color, thickness and total soluble solids.  Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science 140: 597-604.  


Javaid, M.M., Bhan, M., Johnson, J.V., Rathinasabapathi, B., Chase, C.A. (2015) Biological and chemical characterizations of allelopathic potential of diverse accessions of the cover crop Sunn hemp.  Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science 140: 532-541.


Ghosh, P., Rathinasabapathi, B., Ma, L.Q. (2015) Phosphorus solubilization and plant growth enhancement by arsenic-resistant bacteria.  Chemosphere 134: 1-6. 


Ghosh, P., Rathinasabapathi, B., Teplitski, M., Ma L.Q. (2015) Bacterial ability in AsIII oxidation and AsV reduction:  Relation to arsenic tolerance, P uptake, and siderophore production.  Chemosphere 138 : 995-1000. 


El-Zohri, M., Odjegba, V., Ma, L., Rathinasabapathi, B (2015) Sulfate influx transporters in Arabidopsis thaliana are not involved in arsenate uptake but critical for tissue nutrient status and arsenate tolerance.  Planta 241: 1109-1118. 


Lessl, J.T., Guan, D.X., Sessa, E., Rathinasabapathi, B., Ma, L.Q. (2015)  Transfer of arsenic and phosphorus from soils to the fronds and spores of arsenic hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata and three non-hyperaccumulators.  Plant Soil 390: 49-60. 


Wang, X., Peng, B., Tan, C., Ma, L., Rathinasabapathi, B. (2015) Recent advances in arsenic bioavailability, transport and speciation in rice.  Environ Sci Pollut Res 22: 5742-5750.


Chen YS, Han YH, Rathinasabapathi B, Ma LQ (2015)  Naming and function of ACR2, arsenate reductase, and ACR3 arsenite efflux transporter in plants.  Environ. Int. 81:  98-99. 


Sun, H.J., Rathinasabapathi, B., Wu, B., Luo, J, Pu, L.P., Ma, L.Q. (2014)  Arsenic and selenium toxicity and their interactive effects in humans. Environ. Int. 69: 148-158.  


Zhu L.J., Guan, D.X., Luo, J., Rathinasabapathi, B., Ma, L.Q. (2014) Characterization of arsenic-resistant endophytic bacteria from hyperaccumulators Pteris vittata and Pteris multifida.  Chemosphere 113: 9-16.  


Tisarum, R., Lessl, J., Dong, X., de Oliverria LM, Rathinasabapathi, B., Ma, L.Q. (2014) Antimony uptake, efflux and speciation in arsenic hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata.  Environmental Pollution 186: 110-114.  


Goncalves, E., Johnson, J., Rathinasabapathi, B (2013) Nitrogen starvation in biofuel green algae:  Recycling of membrane lipid acyl groups to triacylglycerol and the formation of lipid bodies at early and late time points.  Planta 238: 895-906. 


Krishnamurthy, A., Rathinasabapathi, B (2013) Oxidative stress tolerance in plants:  Novel interplay between auixn and reactive oxygen species signaling.    Plant Signaling and Behavior doi 10.4161/psb.25761.


Krishnamurthy, A., Rathinasabapathi, B (2013) Auxin and its transport play a role in plant tolerance to oxidative stress from arsenite, high temperature stress and salinity in Arabidopsis thaliana.  Plant Cell, & Environment 36: 1838 - 1849. 


Lessl, J.T., Ma, L.Q., Rathinasabapathi, B, Guy C (2013) A novel phytase from Pteris vittata resistant to arsenate, high temperature, and soil inactivation.  Environmental Science and Technology 47: 2204-2211.


Wang X, Rathinasabapathi, B., Oliveira, L.M., Guilherme, L.R.G., Ma, L.Q. (2012)  Bacteria-mediated arsenic oxidation and reduction in the growth media of arsenic hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata L.  Environmental Science and Technology 46: 11259-11266.  


Mathew, S., Ma, L.Q., Rathinasabapathi, B. (2011) Uptake and translocation of arsenite and arsenate by Pteris vittata L: effects of glycerol, antimonite and silver. Environmental Pollution (6 pages, in press).
Ghosh,P., Rathinasabapathi, B., and Ma, L.Q. (2011) Arsenic-resistant bacteria enhanced arsenic solubilization and promoted the growth of arsenic hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata L. Bioresource Technology 102:8756-8761. 
Tu, S., Ma, L.Q., Rathinasabapathi, B. (2011) Characterization of phytase from three ferns with differing arsenic tolerance. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 49: 146-150. 
Mathews S., Ma L.Q., Rathinasabapathi, B., Natarajan, S., Saha, U.K. (2010) Arsenic transformation in the growth media and biomass of hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata L. Bioresource Technology 101:8024-8030.   
Huang A**., Teplitski M., Rathinasabapathi B., Ma L.Q. (2010) Characterization of arsenic-resistant bacteria from the rhizosphere of arsenic hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata L. Canadian Journal of Microbiology 56:236-246. . 
Wei S., Ma L.Q., Saha U., Mathews S., Sundaram S., Rathinasabapathi B., Zhou Q (2010) Sulfate and glutathione enhanced arsenic accumulation by arsenic hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata L. Environmental Pollution 158:1530-1535. 
Wang X, Ma L.Q., Rathinasabapathi B., Liu Y., Zeng G. (2010) Uptake and translocation of arsenite and arsenate by Pteris vittata L.: Effects of silicon, boron and mercury. Environmental and Experimental Botany 68: 222-229. 
Sundaram, S., Rathinasabapathi B (2010) Transgenic expression of fern Pteris vittata glutaredoxin PvGrx5 in Arabidopsis thaliana increases plant tolerance to high temperature stress and reduces oxidative damage to proteins. Planta 231: 361-369. 
Brunings A, Datnoff L, Ma JF, Nagamura Y, Rathinasabapathi B, Kirst M. (2009) Effect of silicon amendment on gene expression patterns in rice. Annals of Applied Biology 155: 161-170. 
 Kertulis G, Rathinasabapathi B, Ma LQ (2009) Characterization of glutathione reductase and catalase in the fronds of two Pteris ferns upon arsenic exposure. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 47: 960-965. 
Sundaram S, Wu S, Ma LQ,  Rathinasabapathi B. (2009)  Expression of a Pteris vittata glutaredoxin PvGRX5 in transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana increases plant arsenic tolerance and decreases arsenic accumulation in the leaves.  Plant Cell & Environment 32: 851-858. 
 Sethi A, McAuslane HJ, Rathinasabapathi B, Nuessly GS, Nagata RT (2009)  Enzyme induction as a possible mechanism for latex-mediated insect resistance in romaine lettuce.  Journal of Chemical Ecology 35: 190-200.  
Rangasamy M, Rathinasabapathi B, McAuslane HJ, Cherry RH, Nagata RT. (2009) Role of leaf sheath lignification and anatomy in resistance against Southern chinch bug (Hemiptera: Blissidae) in St. Augustinegrass. Journal of Economic Entomology 102: 432-439. 
Rangasamy M, Rathinasabapathi B,  McAuslane HJ, Cherry RH, and Nagata RT. (2009). Oxidative responses of St.Augustinegrasses challenged by southern chinch bug, Blissus insularis Barber (Hemiptera: Blissidae). Journal of Chemical Ecology 35: 796-805.
Mathews S, Rathinasabapathi B, Ma LQ. (2009) Effects of arsenic on scale-insect infestation of arsenic hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata L. Environmental and Experimental Botany 65: 282-286. 
Srivastava, M., Ma, L.Q., Rathinasabapathi, B., Srivastava, P. (2008)  Effect of selenium on arsenic uptake in arsenic hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata     L.Bioresource Technology 100: 1115-1121.   
Sundaram, S., Rathinasabapathi, B., Ma L.Q., Rosen, B.P. (2008) An arsenate-activated glutaredoxin from the arsenic hyperaccumulator fern Pteris vittata L. regulates intracellular arsenite. Journal of Biological Chemistry 283: 6095-6101. 
Fayiga, A.O., Ma L.Q., Rathinasabapathi, B. (2008) Effects of nutrients on arsenic accumulation by arsenic hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata L. Environmental and Experimental Botany 62: 231-237. 
Ferguson, J., Rathinasabapathi, B., Warren, C.. (2008) Red cedar and Magnolia woodchip mulches for weed suppression in containerized woody ornamentals. Hort Technology 18: 266-270.
Rathinasabapathi,B., Rangasamy,M., Froeba,J., Cherry,R.H., McAuslane,H.J., Capinera,J.L., Srivastava, M., Ma, L.Q. (2007). Arsenic hyperaccumulation in the Chinese brake fern (Pteris vittata L.) deters grasshopper (Schistocerca americana (Drury)) herbivore.  New Phytologist 175:363-369.  
Rathinasabapathi, B. (2006) Ferns represent an untapped biodiversity for improving crops for environmental stress tolerance. New Phytologist 172:385-390.
Rathinasabapathi, B., Wu, S., Sundaram, S, Rivoal, J., Srivastava, M., Ma, L.Q. (2006) Arsenic resistance in Pteris vittata L: Identification of cytosolic triosephosphate isomerase based on cDNA expression cloning in Escherichia coli. Plant Molecular Biology 62:845-857.
Berry, A.D., Stall, W.M., Rathinasabapathi, B., Macdonald, G.E., Charudattan, R. (2006) Smooth pigweed (Amaranthus hybridus L.) and livid amaranth (A. lividus) interference with cucumber (Cucumis sativus). Weed Technology 20:227-231.  
Berry, A.D., Stall WM, Rathinasabapathi, B., Macdonald, G.E., Charudattan, R. (2006) Aggressivity: cucumber vs. amaranth. Weed Technology 20:986-991.  
Rathinasabapathi, B., Raman, S.B., Kertulis, G., Ma, L.Q. (2006) Arsenic-resistant proteobacterium from the phyllosphere of arsenic-hyperaccumulating fern Pteris vittata reduces arsenate to arsenite.  Canadian Journal of Microbiology 52:695-700.
Fouad, WM, Rathinasabapathi, B. (2006) Expression of bacterial L-aspartate-alpha-decarboxylase in tobacco increases beta-alanine and pantothenate levels and improves thermotolerance. Plant Molecular Biology 60: 495-505. 
Singh, N.., Ma, L.Q., Srivastava, M., Rathinasabapathi, B. (2006) Metabolic adaptations to arsenic-induced oxidative stress in Pteris vittata L. and Pteris ensiformis L. Plant Science 170:274-282.
Fayiga, A.O., Ma, L.Q., Santos, J., Rathinasabapathi, B., Stamps, B., Littell, R.C. (2005). Effects of arsenic species and concentrations on arsenic accumulation by different fern species in a hydroponic system.  International Journal of  Phytoremediation 7:231-240.
Rathinasabapathi, B, Raman, S.B. (2005). Exogenous supply of pantoyl lactone to excised leaves increases their pantothenate levels. Annals of Botany 95:1033-1037.  
Rathinasabapathi, B., Ferguson, J., M. Gal. (2005). Evaluation of allelopathic potential of wood chips for weed suppression in horticultural production systems. HortScience 40:711-713. 
Rathinasabapathi, B. (2004). Survival of Salmonella Montevideo on tomato leaves and mature green tomatoes. Journal of Food Protection 67:2277-2279.
Buker, R.S., Rathinasabapathi, B, Stall, W.M., MacDonald, G., Olson, S.M. (2004) Physiological basis for differential tolerance of tomato and pepper to rimsulfuron and halosulfuron. Site of action study. Weed Science 52:201-205.
Raman, S.B., Rathinasabapathi, B. (2004). Pantothenate synthesis in plants. Plant Science 167:961-968. 
Fayiga, A.O., Ma, L.Q., Cao, X., Rathinasabapathi, B. (2004) Effects of Cd, Ni, Zn and Pb on plant growth and arsenic uptake of the hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata in a contaminated soil. Environmental Pollution 132:289-296.
Raman, S.B., Rathinasabapathi, B. (2003) Beta-alanine N methyltransferase of Limonium latifolium. cDNA cloning and functional expression of a novel N- methyltransferase implicated in the synthesis of the osmoprotectant beta-alanine betaine. Plant Physiology132:1642-1651.
Aly, M.A.M., Rathinasabapathi, B., Bhalsod, S. (2002) Somatic embryogenesis in members of the Plumbaginaceae: ornmental statice Limonium and sea thrift Armeria maritima. HortScience 37:1122-1123.
Aly, M.A.M., Rathinasabapathi, B., Kelly, K. (2002) Somatic embryogenesis in perennial statice Limonium bellidifolium (Gouan) Durmort. Plumbaginaceae. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture 68:127-135.
Rathinasabapathi, B (2002) Propionate, a source of β-alanine, is an inhibitor of β-alanine methylation in Limonium latifolium, Plumbaginaceae. Journal of Plant Physiology 159:671-674.
Rathinasabapathi, B., Fouad, W.M., and C.A. Sigua (2001) β-Alanine betaine synthesis in the Plumbaginaceae. Purification and characterization of a trifunctional, S-adenosyl-l-methionine-dependent N-methyltransferase from Limonium latifolium leaves. Plant Physiology 126:1241-1249.
Rathinasabapathi, B., Sigua, C., Ho, J. and Gage D.A. (2000) Osmoprotectant β-alanine betaine synthesis in the Plumbaginaceae: S-adenosyl-L-methionine dependent N-methylation of β-alanine to its betaine is via N-methyl and N,N-dimethyl β-alanines. Physiologia Plantarum 109:225-231.
Rathinasabapathi, B. (2000) Metabolic engineering for stress tolerance: installing osmoprotectant synthesis pathways. Annals of Botany 86:709-716.
Nuccio, M.L., Russell, B.L., Nolte, K.D., Rathinasabapathi, B., Gage, D.A. and A.D. Hanson (1998) The endogenous choline supply limits glycine betaine synthesis in transgenic tobacco expressing choline monooxygenase. Plant Journal 16:487- 496.
Russell, B.L., B. Rathinasabapathi, and A.D. Hanson (1998) Osmotic stress induces expression of choline monooxygenase in sugar beet and other crops. Plant Physiology 116:859-865.
Trossat, C., B. Rathinasabapathi, E. A. Weretilnyk, T.-L. Shen, Z.-H. Huang, D.A. Gage and A.D. Hanson (1998) Salinity promotes accumulation of dimethylsulfoniopropionate and its precursor S-methylmethionine in chloroplasts. Plant Physiology 116:165-171.
Rathinasabapathi, B, M. Burnet, B.L. Russell, D.A. Gage, P. Liao, G.J. Nye, P. Scott, J. Golbeck and A.D. Hanson (1997) Choline monooxygenase, an unusual iron-sulfur enzyme catalyzing the first step of glycine betaine synthesis in plants: prosthetic group characterization and cDNA cloning. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 94: 3454-3458.
Trossat, C., B. Rathinasabapathi, and A.D. Hanson (1997)  Transgenically expressed betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase efficiently catalyzes oxidation of dimethylsulfonio-propionaldehyde and omega-amino aldehydes. Plant Physiology 113: 1457-1461.
Rathinasabapathi, B., K.F. McCue, D.A. Gage and A.D. Hanson (1994). Metabolic engineering of glycine betaine synthesis: plant betaine aldehyde dehydrogenases lacking typical transit peptides are targeted to tobacco chloroplasts where they confer betaine aldehyde resistance. Planta  193: 155?162.
Hanson, A.D., B. Rathinasabapathi, J. Rivoal, M. Burnet, D.A. Gage and M.O. Dillon (1994) Osmoprotective compounds in the Plumbaginaceae: A natural experiment in metabolic engineering of stress tolerance. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (U.S.A.) 91: 306?310.  
Paquet, L., B. Rathinasabapathi, H. Saini, L. Zamir, D.A. Gage, Z.?H. Huang and A.D. Hanson (1994) Accumulation of the compatible solute 3?dimethylsulfoniopropionate in sugarcane and its relatives, but not other Gramineous crops. Australian Journal of Plant Physiology 21: 37?48.
Rathinasabapathi, B., D.A. Gage, D.J. Mackill and A.D. Hanson (1993). Cultivated and wild rices do not accumulate glycinebetaine due to deficiencies in two biosynthetic steps. Crop Science 33: 534?538.
Rathinasabapathi, B. and J. King (1992). Physiological response of herbicide?resistant cell variants of Datura innoxia to branched?chain amino acids. Plant Science 81: 191?198. 
Rathinasabapathi, B. and J. King (1992). An ultrastructural investigation on the uptake of isolated nuclei and micronuclei by plant protoplasts. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture 29: 207?214.
Hanson, A.D., B. Rathinasabapathi, B. Chamberlin and D.A. Gage (1991). Comparative physiological evidence that ß?alanine betaine and choline?O?sulfate act as compatible osmolytes in halophytic Limonium species. Plant Physiology 97: 1199?1205. 
Rathinasabapathi, B. and J. King (1991). Herbicide resistance in Datura innoxia: Kinetic characterization of acetolactate synthase from wild?type and sulfonylurea?resistant cell variants. Plant Physiology 96: 255?261.
Mukherjee, S.K., Rathinasabapathi, B., and N. Gupta (1991) Low sugar and osmotic requirements for shoot regeneration from leaf pieces of Solanum melongena L. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture 25:13-16.
Rathinasabapathi, B., Williams, D., and J. King (1990) Altered feedback sensitivity to valine, leucine and isoleucine of acetolactate synthase from herbicide-resistant variants of Datura innoxia. Plant Science 67:1-6. 

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