Jeffrey Anderson



Professor, Stress Physiology
Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture
358 Agricultural Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078

Office Location: 341 Agricultural Hall
Phone: 405-744-5422
FAX: 405-744-9709



PhD: Stress Physiology, University of Florida, Gainesville 1983
BS:   Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey 1979

Teaching Activities

Jeff Anderson serves as graduate program coordinator, undergraduate advisor, coordinates graduate seminar (HORT 5020 and Graduate Seminar HORTLA), and teaches the graduate course, "Temperature Stress Physiologyā€¯ (HORT 5133). HORT 5133 is offered in face to face and online formats.

Research Activities

Dr. Anderson has been involved in a number of multidisciplinary research projects dealing with plant responses to biotic and abiotic stresses. Current focus areas include freeze tolerance evaluation of turfgrasses, heat stress in bell peppers, and sustainable agricultural systems. A multi-departmental team has been developing and evaluating bermudagrasses adapted to the transition zone between warm- and cool-season grasses. Heat stress studies are aimed at improving plant thermotolerance through discovery of the events taking place during injury and acclimation responses. A multidisciplinary team studying drivers in ecosystem sustainability is exploring interactions between above ground plant stress responses and below ground soil properties.


Anderson, J.A. 2012. Does FreezePruf topical spray increase plant resistance to freezing stress? HortTechnology 22:542-546

Wu, Y. and J.A. Anderson. 2010. Genetic Improvement of Cold Hardiness in Bermudagrass. p. 853-868. In M. Pessarakli (ed.). Handbook of Plant and Crop Stress, 3rd Edition. Taylor & Francis, NY.

Wu,Y., D.L. Martin, J.A. Anderson, G.E. Bell, M.P. Anderson, N.R. Walker, and J.Q. Moss. 2009. Recent progress in turf bermudagrass breeding research at Oklahoma State University. USGA TERO 8(16): 1-11.

Anderson, J., C. Taliaferro, D. Martin, Y. Wu, and M. Anderson. 2008. Bermudagrass freeze tolerance. USGA Greens Section Record Jan-Feb: 6-9.

Anderson, J.A. 2007. Additive effects of alcohols and polyols on thermostability of pepper leaf extracts. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 132:67-72.

Anderson, J.A., C.M. Taliaferro, and Y.Q. Wu. 2007. Freeze tolerance of seed- and vegetatively-propagated bermudagrasses compared with standard cultivars. Appl. Turfgrass Sci. Online. doi:10.1094/ATS-2007-0508-01-RS.

Wu, Y.Q., C.M. Taliaferro, D.L. Martin, J.A. Anderson, and M.P. Anderson. 2007. Genetic variability and relationships for adaptive, morphological and biomass traits in Chinese bermudagrass accessions. Crop Sci. 47:1985-1994.

Anderson, J.A. Heat stability of pepper leaf extracts. 2006. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 131:17-23.

Wu, Y.Q., C.M. Taliaferro, G.H. Bai, D.L. Martin, J.A. Anderson, M.P. Anderson, and R.M. Edwards. 2006. Genetic analyses of Chinese Cynodon accessions by flow cytometry and AFLP markers. Crop Sci. 46:917-926.

Wu, Y.Q., C.M. Taliaferro, D.L. Martin, C.L. Goad, and J.A. Anderson. 2006. Genetic variability and relationships for seed yield and its components in Chinese Cynodon accessions. Field Crops Res. 98:245-252.

Kenworthy, K.E., C.M. Taliaferro, B.C. Carver, J.A. Anderson, D.L. Martin, and G.E. Bell. 2006. Genetic variation in Cynodon transvaalensis Burtt-Davy for turf performance traits. Crop Sci. 46:2376-2381.

Anderson, J., C. Taliaferro, M. Anderson, D. Martin, and A. Guenzi. 2005. Freeze tolerance and low temperature-induced genes in bermudagrass plants. USGA TERO 4(1): 1-7.

Anderson, J. 2004. High temperature stress in plants. p. 223-254. In M.J. Reigosa, N. Pedrol, and A. Sanchez (eds.). Vegetal Ecophysiology: A Synthesis Science. Thomson-Paraninfo, Vigo.

Koemel, J.E., Jr., A.C. Guenzi, J.A. Anderson, and E.L. Smith. 2004. Cold hardiness of wheat near-isogenic lines differing in vernalization alleles. Theor. Appl. Genet. 109:839-846.

Anderson, J.A. and S.R. Padhye. 2004. Protein aggregation, radical scavenging capacity, and stability of hydrogen peroxide defense systems in heat-stressed vinca and sweet pea leaves. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 129: 54-59.

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