Avat Shekoofa, Ph.D.

Edit this

Assistant Professor
  Plant Sciences

Phone: (731) 425-4704
Email: ashekoof@utk.edu

Focus: Water Stress and Irrigation of Agronomic Crops

Biographical sketch

Plant Sciences Dept., the University of Tennessee Knoxville
Phone: (919) 758-4972; Fax: (731) 425-4760; ashekoof@utk.edu

Ph.D., 2010 Shiraz University College of Agriculture, Shiraz, Iran
Agronomy (Maize Stress Physiology)
Visiting time, 2009-10
(Short Ph.D. research) Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Campo Exp.
Villarino, Zavalla S2125ZAA, Prov. De Santa Fe, Argentina
Maize Physiology/Eco-Physiology

M.S., 2005 Shiraz University College of Agriculture, Shiraz, Iran
Agronomy (Stress Physiology)
B.S., 2001 Buali-Sina Agriculture University, Hamedan, Iran
Agriculture Engineering, Crop Production and Plant Breeding

10/2016-present Assistant Professor Crop Stress Physiology-Water Stress and Irrigation,
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
02/2012-09/2016 Post-doctoral research scholar, North Carolina State University
07/2012-09/2012 Post-doctoral research scholar, Virginia Tech University (research
collaboration with NCSU), Tidewater Agricultural Research and
Extension Center, Suffolk VA
02/2012-present Peer-Reviewed Journals reviewer, Field Crops Research, Agronomy
Journal, Molecular Biotechnology, Journal of Agricultural Science and
Technology, Computer in Biology and Medicine, Environmental and
Experimental Botany
02/2012-09/2016 Research collaboration grants, Pioneer maize physiology grant,
Syngenta turfgrass grant, Peanut foundation grant, NC peanut growers
association (NCPGA) grant, TN soybean promotion board (TSPB), Cotton Inc.,
The United Soybean Board (USB).

Associate editor: Agronomy Journal (2017-2021)
Vice-chair: Crop Irrigation Strategies and Management Community, ASA (2017-2018)
Served: as panel member for the 2017 USDA-NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Critical Agricultural Research and Extension Grant Review Panel (2017)
Supervisor: An undergraduate Golden Scholar, 5 months, 2017, ASA-CSSA-SSSA
Mentoring: undergrad, graduate students-master and PhD degrees, visiting scientist, and postdocs (since 2013)

Member of Crop Science Society of America, USA (2016 to present)
Member of Agronomy Society of America, USA (2016 to present)
Member of American Society of Plant Biologists, USA (2015 to present)
Member of American Peanut Research and Education Society, USA (2012 to present)

Bailey Award nominated 2017. T.R Sinclair, A. Shekoofa, T.G Isleib, M. Balota, Z. Hou. 2017. Identification of virginia-type Peanut Genotypes for Water-Deficit Conditions Based on Early Stomatal Closure with Soil Drying. Awarded by American Peanut Research and Education Society Inc. (APRES)
Twelve-month post-doctoral fellowship from IDB (special funds; merit scholarship program for agriculture research from IDB) January 2012 – December 2012. Travel to NC State University. US. Advisor: T. R. Sinclair (January 2012).
Travel grant for qualified applicant of the Post-doc/Associate scientist (Stress resilient maize for South Asia, Ref. 2011/23) position on 6 January, 2012 Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (CIMMYT)-Asia Regional Maize Program, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), India (January 2012).
Travel grant award, to attend the 11th Asian Maize Conference. Nov. 7-11, 2011. CIMMYT, Nanning, China (November 2011).

T.R. Sinclair, D. Pradhan, A. Shekoofa. “Update on Inheritance of Limited-Transpiration Trait in Peanut” published. Journal of Crop Improvement, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1080/15427528.2017.1420000
A. Shekoofa, T.R. Sinclair, C. Aninbon, C.C. Holbrook, T.G. Isleib, P. Ozias-Akins, Y. Chu “Expression of the limited transpiration trait under high vapor pressure deficit in peanut RIL populations: Runner and Virginia type” published, Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science, 2017, DOI: 10.1111/jac.12204
A. Shekoofa and S. Choudhary “Plant Water-Conservation Traits to Increase Crop Yields: Case Studies, Maize Chapter” A book chapter, Springer, pp 58-63, 2017, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-56321-3_8
Jyostna M. Devi and A. Shekoofa “Plant Water-Conservation Traits to Increase Crop Yields: Case Studies, Peanut Chapter” A book chapter, Springer, pp 27-33, 2017, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-56321-3_5
T.R. Sinclair, A. Manandhar, A. Shekoofa, P. Rosas-Anderson, L. Bagherzadi, R. Schoppach, W. Sadok, and T.W. Rufty “Pot binding may be common occurrence confounding plant phenotype: Theoretical derivation and experimental observations” published, Planta, 2017, DOI: 10.1007/s00425-016-2641-0
Thomas R. Sinclair, J.M. Devi, A. Shekoofa, S. Choudhary, W. Sadok, V. Vadez, M. Riar, T. Rufty “Limited-transpiration response to high vapor pressure deficit” A Review Paper, published, Plant science, 2017, 260:109-118.
A. Shekoofa, T. R. Sinclair, C.D. Messina, M. Cooper “Variation among maize hybrids in response to high vapor pressure deficit at high temperature” published, Crop Science, 2016, 55:1-5.
A. Shekoofa, P. Rosas-Anderson, D.S. Carley, T.R. Sinclair, T.W. Rufty “Daconil-Action® limits transpiration of creeping bentgrass under high vapor pressure deficits” published, Planta, 2015, DOI 10.1007/s00425-015-2417-y
A. Shekoofa, P. Rosas-Anderson, M. Balota, T.G. Isleib, T.R. Sinclair “Measurement of limited transpiration trait under high VPD for peanut in chambers and in field” published, Agronomy Journal, 2015, 107:1019-1024.
P. Rosas-Anderson, A. Shekoofa, T.R. Sinclair, M. Balota, T.G. Isleib, S. Tallury, T. Rufty “Genetic variation in peanut leaf maintenance and transpiration recovery from severe soil drying” published, Field Crops Research, 2014, 158:65-72.
A. Shekoofa, M. Balota, T.R. Sinclair “Limited-transpiration trait evaluated in growth chamber and field for sorghum genotypes” published, Environmental and Experimental Botany, 2014, 99:175-179.

Recent Publications


Ph.D. Agronomy-Crop Stress Physiology, Shiraz University, Iran


Water Usage in Herbs
UTIA is working on several projects where we grow crops with the least amount of water possible, which has an environmental and economic impact.