Andrew Wood | College of Agricultural Sciences | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Andrew Wood, Ph.D

Professor, Stress Physiology

Andrew Wood

Office Phone: 618 | 453-5609
Building Location: Life Science II, Room 431

The molecular, cellular and biochemical responses of plants to water-deficit stress is the central, and long-term, interest of my research program. My laboratory is pursuing a two-pronged strategy, one basic and one applied, with the ultimate goal of improving drought-tolerance and yield stability within crop plants. Our basic research utilizes the desiccation-tolerant moss Tortula ruralis as a model system for studying post-transcriptional gene control, cellular repair mechanisms, and as a source of novel tolerance-associated genes. Another applied research area is analyzing the biochemical, molecular and physiological mechanisms that control yield stability under drought-stress in soybean (Glycine max).


Ph.D. 1994, Purdue University

Selected Publication

  • Oh Y-J, Kim K-H, Cho S-K, Kim T-S, Kim J-G, Wood AJ. 2009. Selectable traits for yield improvement in double crop soybeans at high plant density with late planting. World Journal of Agricultural Sciences 5: 301-307.
  • Schuette S, Wood AJ, Geisler M, Geisler-Lee J, Ligrone R, Renzaglia KS. 2009. Novel localization of callose in the spores of Physcomitrella patens and phylogenomic analysis of the callose synthase gene family. Annals of Botany 103: 749-756.
  • Wood AJ, Duff RJD. 2009. The aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) gene superfamily of the moss Physcomitrella patens and the algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii & Ostreococcus tauri. The Bryologist 112: 1-11.
  • Cho Y, Turnipseed EB, Lightfoot DA, Wood AJ. 2008. Trigonelline in mature seeds and developing seedlings of Glycine max. Biologia Plantarum 52: 370-372.
  • Afzal AJ, Wood AJ, Lightfoot DA. 2008. Plant receptor-like serine treonine kinases: roles in signaling and plant defense. Molecular-Plant-Microbe Interactions 21: 507-517.
  • Gibson DJ, Millar KDL, DeLong M, Connolly J, Kirwan L, Wood AJ, Young BG. 2008. The weed community affects yield and quality of soybean (Glycine max (L.) (Merr.)). Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 88: 371-381.
  • Rensing SA, Lang D, Zimmer A, Terry A, Salamov A, Shapiro H, Nishiyama T, Perroud P–F, Lindquist E, Kamisugi Y, Tanahashi T, Sakakibara K, Fujita T, Oishi K, Shin T, Kuroki Y, Toyoda A, Suzuki Y, Hashimoto S, Yamaguchi K, Sugano S, Kohara Y, Fujiyama A, Anterola A, Aoki S, Ashton N, Barbazuk WB, Barker E, Bennetzen J, Blankenship R, Cho SH, Dutcher S, Estelle M, Fawcett JA, Gundlach H, Hanada K, Heyl A, Hicks KA, Hughes J, Lohr M, Mayer K, Melkozernov A, Murata T, Nelson D, Pils B, Prigge M, Reiss B, Renner T, Rombauts S, Rushton P, Sanderfoot A, Schween G, Shiu S–H, Stueber K, Theodoulou FL, Tu H, Van de Peer Y, Verrier PJ, Waters E, Wood AJ, Yang L, Cove D, Cuming AC, Hasebe M, Lucas S, Mishler BD, Reski R, Grigoriev I, Quatrano RS*, Boore JL. 2008. The genome of the moss Physcomitrella patens reveals evolutionary insights into the conquest of land by plants. Science 319: 64-69.
  • Millar K, Gibson D, Young B, Wood AJ. 2007. Impact of interspecific competition on seed development and quality of five soybean cultivars. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 47: 1455-1459.
  • Proctor MCF, Oliver MJ, Wood AJ, Alpert P, Stark LR, Cleavitt N, Mishler BD. 2007. Desiccation tolerance in bryophytes: a review. The Bryologist 110: 595-621.
  • Wood, AJ. 2007. New frontiers in bryology and lichenology. the nature and distribution of vegetative desiccation-tolerance in hornworts, liverworts and mosses. The Bryologist 110: 163-177.