Recent Publications

Secondary Metabolites in Capsicum (Capsaicinoids and Carotenoids)

Richins RD, Hernandez L, Dungan B, Hambly S, Holguin FO, O’Connell MA. (2010) A “green’ extraction protocol to recover red pigments from hot Capsicum fruit. HortScience 45:1084-1087 PDF available

Guzman I, Hamby S, Romero J, Bosland PW, O’Connell MA. (2010) Variability of Carotenoid Biosynthesis in Orange Colored Capsicum spp. Plant Science, 179:49-59. PDF available

Stewart C, Mazourek M, Stellari GM, O'Connell M, Jahn M. (2007) Genetic control of pungency in C. chinense via the Pun 1 locus. J Exp Botany 58: 979 - 991. doi:10.1093/jxb/erl243. PDF available.

Blum E, Mazourek M, O'Connell M, Curry J, Liu K, Jahn M, Paran I (2003) Molecular mapping of capsaicinoid biosynthesis genes and QTL analysis for capsaicinoid content in Capsicum. Theor Appl Genet 108:79-86. DOI 10.1007/s00122-003-1405-y. PDF available.

Aluru MR, Mazourek M., Landry, LG, Curry J, Jahn M, O'Connell MA (2003) Differential expression of fatty acid synthase genes, Acl, Fat and Kas in Capsicum fruit. J Exp Bot 54:1655-1664. DOI: 10.1093/jxb/erg176. PDF available.

Curry J, Aluru M, Mendoza M, Nevarez J, Melendrez M, O'Connell MA. (1999) Transcripts for capsaicinoid biosynthetic genes are differentially accumulated in pungent and non-pungent Capsicum spp. Plant Sci 148: 47-57. PDF available.

Biotic and Abiotic Stresses

Richins RD, Micheletto S, O’Connell MA. (2010) Gene Expression Profiles Unique to Chile (Capsicum annuum L.) Resistant to Phytophthora Root Rot. Plant Sci. 178 192–201. PDF available

Micheletto S, Rodriguez-Uribe L, Hernandez R, Richins RD, Curry J, O’Connell MA. (2007) Comparative Transcript Profiling in Roots of Phaseolus acutifolius and P. vulgaris Under Water Deficit Stress. Plant Sci 173:510-520. PDF available

Labate JA, Grandillo S, Fulton T, Muños S, Caicedo AL, Peralta I, Ji Y, Chetelat RT, Scott JW, Gonzalo MJ, Francis D, Yang W, van der Knaap E, Baldo AM, Smith-White B, Mueller LA, Prince JP, Blanchard NE, Storey DB, Stevens MR, Robbins MD, Wang J-F, Liedl BE, O’Connell MA, Stommel JR, Aok K, Iijima Y, Slade AJ, Hurst SR, Loeffler D, Steine MN, Vafeados D, McGuire C, Freeman C, Amen A, Goodstal J, Facciotti D, Van Eck J, Causse M (2007) Tomato. In: Kole C (ed) Genome Mapping and Molecular Breeding in Plants. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York: pp.1-125.

Rodriguez-Uribe L, O'Connell MA (2006) A root specific bZIP transcription factor is drought responsive in tepary bean (Phaseolus acutifolius) and common bean (P. vulgaris). J Exp Bot 57:1391-1398. doi:10.1093/jxb/erj118. PDF available.

O'Connell MA, Medina AL, Sanchez Pena P, Trevino MB (2007) Molecular genetics of drought resistance response in tomato and related species. In MK Razdan and AK Mattoo, (eds) Genetic Improvement of Solanaceous Crops, Vol. 2: Tomato, Science Publishers, Enfield USA pp. 261-283.

Trejo-Calzada R, O'Connell MA (2005) Genetic Diversity of Drought-responsive Genes in Populations of the Desert Forage Dactylis glomerata. Plant Sci 168:1327-1335. doi:10.1016/j.plantsci.2005. PDF available.

Medicinal Plants

Medina-Holguín AL, Holguín FO, Micheletto S, Goehle S, Simon JA, O’Connell MA (2008) Chemotypic variation of essential oils in the medicinal plant, Anemopsis californica. Phytochemistry 69: 919-927. PDF available

Medina-Holguín AL, Martin C, Micheletto S, Holguín FO, Rodriguez J, O’Connell MA (2007) Environmental influences on essential oils in roots of Anemopsis californica” HortScience 42:1578-1583. PDF available

Medina AL, Lucero ME, Holguin FO, Estell RE, Posakony JJ, Simon J, O'Connell MA (2005) Composition and antimicrobial activity of Anemopsis californica leaf oil. J Agr Food Chem 53:8694-8698. doi:10.1021/jf0511244. PDF available.

O'Connell M, Lara A (2005) From Curanderas to Gas Chromatography. J Coll Sci Teach 34:26-30. PDF available.


Ji T, Ranjan D, Curry J, O’Connell MA. (2007) Computational identification of cis-regulatory elements associated with pungency of chili peppers. Proceedings of the 7th IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Bioengineering. pp. 1188-1192 PDF available

Ji T, Vasudevan B, Gopavarapu K, Ranjan D, Gopalan CS, O'Connell M. (2007) Tools for Cis-element Recognition and Phylogenetic Tree Construction Based on Conserved Patterns. In: Gupta, B (ed) Computers and Their Applications, ISCA, Honolulu, HI, pp. 1-6.



Wang, F., Feng, C., O’Connell, M.A., Stewart, J. McD., Zhang, J. (2010) RFLP Analysis of Mitochondrial DNA in Two Cytoplasmic Male Sterility Systems (CMS-D2 and CMS-D8) of Cotton. Euphytica 172:93-99. PDF available

Coronado GD, O’Connell MA, Anderson J, Löest H, Thompson B, (2010) Undergraduate cancer training program for underrepresented students: findings from a minority institution/ cancer center partnership. J Cancer Educ PDF available 

Khalil, S.K., St. Hilaire, R., O’Connell, M.A., Mexal, J. (2008) Horticulturists can grow Moonshine Yarrow on a limited moisture budget J. Env. Hort. 26:70-74. PDF available

Sammis TW, Mexal J, O'Connell M, Gutschick V (2003) Instrumentation class develops interdisciplinary skills. NACTA J 47: 56-60.

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