Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown

Position Title

Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

3041 Wickson Hall

Research Interests

Plant and Soil Nutrition

Perennial Horticulture. Physiology and biochemistry of plant nutrient uptake, interactions of nutrition with disease resistance and the selection of crops with improved nutrient efficiency. Nutritional requirements of both annual and perennial systems, application technology and development of environmentally sound fertilizer use. Molecular and genetic aspects of nutrient acquisition and tolerance. Nutritional physiology. Boron, Nickel.

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group
  • Plant Biology
  • Soil Science; Agronomy and Horticulture;Viticulture and Enology

Specialties / Focus

  • Environmental and Integrative Biology


  • Plant Nut PLS158 , Spring
  • Plant Env PLS100C , Spring

Professional Societies

  • American Society For Horticultural Science
  • International Society for Horticultural Science


  • 1982 BS B.Ag.Sc.Hons. University of Adelaide
  • 1989 PhD Cornell University


Brown PH, Bellaloui N, Wimmer MA, Bassil ES, Ruiz J, Hu H, Pfeffer H, Dannel F and V romheld. 2002. Boron in plant biology. Plant Biology. 4:205-223

Dordas C, Chrispeels MJ and PH Brown. 2000. Permeability and channel-mediated transport of boric acid across membrane vesicles isolated from squash roots. Plant Physiology. 124:1349-1361

Bassil, E., H. Hu, and P. Brown. 2004. Use of phenylboronic acids to investigate boron function in plants. possible role of boron in transvacuolar cytoplasmic strands and cell-to-wall adhesion. Plant Physiology. 136:3383-3395.

Lu, L.L., S.K. Tian, X.E. Yang, X.C. Wang, P. Brown, T.Q. Li, and Z.L. He. 2008. Enhanced root-to-shoot translocation of cadmium in the hyperaccumulating ecotype of Sedum alfredii. Journal of Experimental Botany. 59:3203-3213.

Luedeling, E., E.H. Girvetz, M.A. Semenov, and P.H. Brown. 2011a. Climate Change Affects Winter Chill for Temperate Fruit and Nut Trees. Plos One. 6.

Tian, S.K., L.L. Lu, J. Labavitch, X.E. Yang, Z.L. He, H.N. Hu, R. Sarangi, M. Newville, J. Commisso, and P. Brown. 2011. Cellular Sequestration of Cadmium in the Hyperaccumulator Plant Species Sedum alfredii. Plant Physiology. 157:1914-1925.