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Horticulture and Natural Resources


Sunghun Park

Park, SunghunAssociate Professor of Horticulture Crop Improvement
Office: 3731 Throckmorton
785-532-4412
785-532-6949 fax
shpark@ksu.edu

Area(s) of Specialization:
Horticultural crop genomics/biotechnology

HORT 640 - Undergraduate Research Project

 

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Bio Brief

Dr. Park states, the general goal of his research program is to "increase the nutritional value and production efficiency of horticultural crops by using biotechnology."  His very active research program includes projects to increase calcium concentrations in fruits and vegetables; metabolic engineering of flavonoids in fruits and vegetables; studying plant adaptation to stresses such as salinity, cold, and drought tolerance; engineering ornamental plants for phytoremediation; and molecular breeding for biofuels.

Dr. Park is the department's tissue culture expert, and he teaches an advanced undergraduate and graduate course on the subject. Outside of the lab, Park enjoys traveling to Galveston, Texas, to ocean fish.

Education

B.S. Agronomy, Seoul National University, 1987
M.S. Agronomy, Seoul National University, 1989
Ph.D. Plant Physiology, Texas A&M University, 1995

Area of Emphasis

Dr. Park’s research interests include both fundamental studies to address unique questions in the role of Ca2+ in vegetable/fruit cell physiology and applied studies to enhance production and nutritional quality of horticultural crops using genomic and plant biotechnology tools. Currently, he is focusing on plant growth and adaptation mechanisms to abiotic stresses (salinity, freezing and drought), manipulating the expression levels and substrate specificity of ion transporters, development of blossom-end rot tolerant and longer shelf life horticultural crops, Phytoremediation and metabolic engineering of flavonoids for health and nutritional benefits.

Publications

P. Li, G. Zhang, N. Gonzales, Y. Guo, H. Hu, S.H. Park, and J. Zhao (2015) Ca2+-and diurnal rhythm-regulated Na+/Ca2+ exchanger AtNCL affects flowering time and auxin signaling in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell & Environment. In Press

Y. Hu, Q. Wu, S.A. Sprague, J. Park, M. Oh, C.B. Rajashekar, H. Koiwa, P. Nakata, N. Cheng, K.D. Hirschi, F.F. White, and S.H. Park. (2015) Tomato expressing Arabidopsis glutaredoxin gene AtGRXS17 confers tolerance to chilling stress via modulating cold responsive components. Horticulture Research. In Press

N. Driedonks, J. Xu, J.L. Peters, S.H. Park, and I. Rieu. (2015) Multi-level interactions between heat shock factors, heat shock proteins and the redox system regulate acclimation to heat. Frontiers in Plant Science. In Press

J. Zhao, P. Li, C.M. Motes, S.H. Park, and K.D. Hirschi (2015) CHX14 is a plasma membrane K-efflux transporter that regulates K+ redistribution in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Cell & Environment. In Press

J-S. Han, K. Park, S. Jeon, S.H. Park, A.H. Naing, and C. Kim (2015) Assessments of salt tolerance in a bottle gourd line expressing the Arabidopsis H+-pyrophosphatase AVP1 gene and in a watermelon plant grafted onto a transgenic bottle gourd rootstock. Plant Breeding. In Press

M. Park, J-S. Han, Y. Ahn, J. Kim, H. Lee, Y. Jang, R. Gaxiola, K.D. Hirschi, and S.H. Park. (2014) Ectopic expression of Arabidopsis H+-pyrophosphatase AVP1 enhances drought resistance in bottle gourd (Lagenaria siceraria Standl.). Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture (PCTOC): Journal of Plant Biotechnology. 118: 383-389

W. Lim, R. Miller, J. Park, and S.H. Park. (2014) Consumer sensory analysis of high flavonoid transgenic tomatoes. Journal of Food Science. 79: S1212-S1217

M. Montero-Astúa, D. Rotenberg, A. Leach, B. Schneweis, S.H. Park, J. Park, T.L. German, and A.E. Whitfield. (2014) Disruption of vector transmission by a plant-expressed viral glycoprotein. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions. 27: 296-304


Students & Staff

Sprague StuartSprague, Stuart


Ph.D. Graduate Student
ssprague@ksu.edu
2601 Throckmorton

Specialization: Plant Environment Interaction

TrevorSteiner

Trevor Steiner

Lab Technician
capuche5@ksu.edu
3734 Throckmorton
(785)532-4413

TejManTaman300pxTej Man Tamang

Ph.D. Graduate Student
tejman@ksu.edu
3034 Throckmorton
Specialization: Gene Editing of Horticultural Crops

TayebehKakeshpourTayebeh Kakeshpour

Ph.D. Graduate Student
tayebeh@ksu.edu
Specialization: Metabolic Genomics

Shiyi(Kris)FengShiyi (Kris) Feng

Ph.D. Genetics Student
lelefsy@ksu.edu
3034 Throckmorton
Specialization: Genome editing

Teaching

Course #TitleSemesterDelivery Method
HORT 710Plant cell, tissue and organ cultureSpringOn Campus
HORT 910Advances in plant cell cultureSpring**On Campus
HORT 350Plant propagation (micropropagation section)SpringOn Campus
HORT 640Undergraduate Research ProjectSpring
Summer
Fall
On Campus