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Devinder Sandhu

Research Geneticist (Plants)
Devinder Sandhu

Devinder Sandhu

Agricultural Water Efficiency and
Salinity Research Unit
Research Geneticist (Plants)
US Salinity Laboratory

450 W Big Springs Road
Riverside, CA 92507
Phone:(951) 369-4832


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U.S. Salinity Laboratory Publications:

  1. Sandhu, D. and B.R. Acharya. 2019. Mechanistic insight into the salt tolerance of almonds. Progressive Crop Consultant. 4(5):44-49.
  2. Sandhu, D., M. V. Pudussery, R. Kumar, A. Pallete, P. Markly, W.C. Bridges and R.S. Sekon. 2019. Characterization of natural genetic variation identifies multiple genes involved in salt tolerance in maize. Functional and Integrative Genomics. doi:10.1007/s10142-019-00707-x.
  3. Suarez, D.L., C. Nydia, R.G. Anderson and D. Sandhu. 2019. Grape rootstock response to salinity, water and combined salinity and water stress. Agronomy. 9:321. doi:10.3390/agronomy9060321.
  4. Thu, S.W., K.M. Rai, D. Sandhu, A. Rajangam, V.K. Balasubramanian, R.G. Palmer and V. Mendu. 2019. Mutation in a PHD-Finger Protein MS4 causes male sterility in soybean. Biomed Central (BMC) Plant Biology. 19:378. doi:10.1186/s12870-019-1979-4.
  5. Ferreira, J.F.S., D. Sandhu, X. Liu and J.J. Halvorson. 2018. Spinach (Spinacea oleracea, L.) response to salinity: nutritional value, physiological parameters, antioxidant capacity, and gene expression. Agriculture. 8(10):163. doi:10.3390/agriculture8100163.
  6. Kaundal, A., D. Sandhu, M. Duenas and J.F.S. Ferreira. 2019. Expression of the high-affinity K+ transporter 1 (PpHKT1) gene from almond rootstock 'Nemaguard' improved salt tolerance of transgenic Arabidopsis. PLoS One. 14(3):e0214473. doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0214473.
  7. Sandhu, D., M.V. Pudussery, J.F.S. Ferreira, X. Liu, A. Pallete, K.K. Grover and K. Hummer. 2019. Variable salinity responses and comparative expression of salinity response genes in woodland strawberry genotypes. Scientia Horticulturae. 254:61-69. doi:10.1016/j.scienta.2019.04.071.
  8. Sandhu, D. and A. Kaundal. 2018. Dynamics of salt tolerance: molecular perspectives. In: Gosal, S.S. (ed.), Biotechnologies of Crop Improvement. Cham, Switzerland:Springer International Publishing AG. 3:25-40. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-94746-4.
  9. Ferreira, J.F.S., V. Benedito, D. Sandhu, J.A. Marchese and S. Liu. 2018. Seasonal sesquiterpene accumulation of three elite Artemisia annua germplasms and precursor-based selection to generate high-artemisinin crosses. Frontiers in Plant Science. 9:1096. doi:10.3389/fpls.2018.01096.
  10. Sandhu, D., M.V. Pudussery, R. Kaundal, D.L. Suarez, A. Kaundal and R.S. Sekhon. 2018. Molecular characterization and expression analysis of the Na+/H+ exchanger gene family in Medicago truncatula. Functional and Integrative Genomics. 18(2):141-153. doi:10.1007/s10142-017-0581-9.
  11. Sandhu, D., Z. Coleman, T. Atkinson, K.M. Rai and V. Mendu. 2018. Genetics and physiology of the nuclearly inherited yellow foliar mutants in soybean. Frontiers in Plant Science. 9:471. doi:10.3389/fpls.2018.00471.
  12. Grant, N., A. Mohan, D. Sandhu and K.S. Gill. 2018. Inheritance and genetic mapping of the reduced height (Rht18) gene in wheat. Plants. 7(3):58. doi:103.3390/plants7030058.
  13. Sandhu, D. and M.K. Bhattacharyya. 2017. Transposon-based functional characterization of soybean genes. In: Nguyen, H.T. and M.K. Bhattacharyya (eds.), The Soybean Genome. Compendium of Plant Genomes. Cham, Switzerland:Springer International Publishing AG. 183-192. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-64198-0_12.
  14. Coleman, Z., J. Boelter, K. Espinosa, S. Goggi, R. G. Palmer and D. Sandhu. 2017. Isolation and characterization of aconitate hydratase 4 (Aco4) from soybean. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. 97(4):684-691. doi:10.1139/CJPS-2016-0363.
  15. Sandhu, D., M.V. Cornacchione, J.F.S. Ferreira and D.L. Suarez. 2017. Variable salinity responses of 12 alfalfa genotypes and comparative expression analyses of salt response genes. Scientific Reports. 7:42958. doi:10.1038/srep42958.
  16. Sandhu, D., T. Atkinson, A. Noll, C. Johnson, K. Espinosa, J. Boelter, S. Abel, B.K. Dhatt, E. Singsaas, S. Sepsenwol, S. Goggi and R. Palmer. 2016. Soybean proteins GmTic110 and GmPsbP are crucial for chloroplast development and function. Plant Science. 252:76-87. doi:10.1016/j.plantsci.2016.07.006.
  17. Sandhu, D., J. Ghosh, C. Johnson, J. Baumbach, E. Baumert, T. Cina, D.M. Grant, R.G. Palmer and M.K. Bhattacharyya. 2017. The endogenous transposable element Tgm9 is suitable for functional analyses of soybean genes and generating novel mutants for genetic improvement of soybean. PloS One. 45(8):1-14. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0180732.
  18. Baumbach, J., R.N. Pudake, C. Johnson, K. Kleinhans, A. Ollhoff, R.G. Palmer, M.K. Bhattacharyya and D. Sandhu. 2016. Transposon tagging of a male-sterility, female-sterility gene, St8, revealed that the meiotic MER3 DNA helicase activity is essential for fertility in soybean. PLoS ONE. 11(3):doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0150482.