Don Durzan

Position Title
Professor Emeritus

Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

163 Environmental Horticulture

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Plant Biology

Specialties / Focus

  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Environmental and Integrative Biology


  • HOR 102 Environmental Horticulture

Honors and Awards

  • NASA Biomedical Award: Johnson Space Center 2002. Patents for the enhanced bioproduction and extraction of taxanes, reported in NASA tech Briefs, Sept. pp. 66-67.

    Professional Societies

    • Adjunct Professor, Forest Products Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley


    • 1959 BS McMaster University, Canada
    • 1963 PhD Cornell University


    Durzan DJ and MC Pedroso. 2002. Nitric oxide and reactive nitric oxide species in plants. Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews. 19:293-337

    Garces H, Durzan DJ and MC Pedroso. 2001. Mechanical stress elicits nitric oxide formation and DNA fragmentation in Arabidopsis thaliana. Annals of Botany. 87:567-574

    Durzan DJ. 2000. Metabolic engineering of plant cells in a space environment. Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews. 17:349-383