Takeshi Fukao

Takeshi Fukao
Suite 1129, Room 1117
Blacksburg, Virginia


My research focus is on understanding the regulatory mechanisms underlying plant responses and adaptation to environmental stresses such as flooding, drought, heat, and nutrient deficiency. We mainly study major field crops such as rice, soybean, and wheat. The knowledge obtained from this research will be useful for the development of new crop varieties with enhanced stress tolerance and the optimization of crop management practices.


  • Crop Stress Physiology
  • Genomics


  • Ph.D., Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences, Texas A&M University, 2002
  • M.S., Agronomy and Horticultural Sciences, Kyoto University, 1998
  • B.S., Plant Breeding, Kyoto Prefectural University, 1996

A variety of environmental stresses increasingly damage food, feed, and bioenergy production worldwide as a consequence of global climate change. To meet growing food/energy demands using less water, fertilizers, and other inputs, it is imperative to enhance abiotic stress tolerance of major crop species in a timely manner. My laboratory focusses on elucidation of the regulatory mechanisms underlying response and tolerance to flooding, drought, heat, and nutrient deficiency in rice, soybean, and wheat, aiding in the improvement of stress tolerance in the major crop species.


  • CSES 5344: Advanced Crop Physiology


  • CSES 4344: Crop Physiology and Ecology
  • CSES 4144: Plant Breeding and Genetics

Assistant Professor | 2012 - Present
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Associate Specialist | 2011 - 2012
Botany and Plant Sciences
University of California, Riverside

Assistant Specialist | 2008 - 2011
Botany and Plant Sciences
University of California, Riverside

Postdoctoral Researcher | 2003 - 2007
Botany and Plant Sciences
University of California, Riverside