|Bhimanagouda S. Patil, Ph.D.
Director, Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center
Associate Professor and Graduate Faculty
Bhimu is the Director of an interdisciplinary Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center focussed on foods for health. He is aso Associate Professor and graduate faculty member of Department of Horticultural Sciences in Texas A&M University in College Station. He serves as adjunct graduate faculty member in Department of Agronomy and Resource Science in Texas A&M University-Kingsville in Kingsville. He is serving as an associate member of faculty of nutrition, Department of Nutrition and Food Science at Texas A&M University, College Station. Dr. Patil earned his undergraduate degree in agriculture at the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bangalore and M.S. degree in horticulture from UAS in Dharwad, India. He joined the Department of Horticulture, UAS in Dharwad, India as an Assistant Professor. He received his Ph.D. in Horticulture from Department of Horticulture, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas in 1994. He worked as Post doctoral research associate at Washington State University in Prosser, Washington and University of California in Parlier , CA. He became a member of the faculty at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Citrus Center in 1997.
Research Interests:Area of Research
Our laboratory seeks to isolate, characterize, and quantify citrus bioactive compounds (phytochemicals) and enhance their levels through preharvest factors, such as growth regulators, rootstocks, climate, season and fertilizer practices. Current research emphasis is understanding role of bioactive active compounds in prevention of diseases. In addition his research is focussed on citrus postharvest physiology, fruit quality and fruit size. In 1992, the National Cancer Institute recognized citrus in the middle of the pyramid of cancer preventative fruits and vegetables. Our laboratory, collaborating with Vegetable Improvement Center , Institute of Bioscience and Technology , and Balyor College of Dentistry , seeks to enhance citrus bioactive compounds and bring citrus on the top of the pyramid. In order to maintain niche markets for red, juicy and sweet grapefruit from Texas in a challenging environment, growers must employ techniques that maximize fruit quality and nutritional value, e.g., the level of nutraceuticals (lycopene , lutein, zeaxanthin, limonoids , pectin , vitamin C). As director of the VFIC, he is also focussed on other vegetables and fruits such as onion, carrot, melons, pepper and other speciality crops and their biological activities. He is encouraging the VFIC scientists to develop research programs based on consumer and stakholders needs.
On March 6, 2001, his research and teaching
was recognized at the Science on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
His work was recognized by the Texas A&M Ag Program and recommended
by the Vice Chancellor Dr. Ed Hiler
and was well recieved and appreciated by the U.S.
Rep. Ruben Hinojosa and U.S. Rep.
On November 1, 2005, he recieved one of the prestigious state award, Karnataka Rajothsava Award by the Govertment of Karnataka, India.
Teachning course “ Phytochemicals in Fruits and Vegetables to Improve Human Health ” through the co-operation of eight universities and several state and federal agencies in the U.S.. - Spring 1999, Spring 2001, Spring 2003, and Spring 2005, Fall 2007
Taught Citrus and Subtroipical Fruits course – Fall 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006
Coordinating in Tropical Horticulture course- Spring 1998, 2000
Cordinating ting in Internet Appilications in Horticulture course- Summer 1998, Summer 2001, Summer 2002
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