Rakesh Minocha

US Forest Service
Northern Research Station
271 Mast Road
Durham, NH
Telephone: 603-868-7622

Ph.D., University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, Biochemistry, 1985 M.S. University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, Zoology, 1978 M.Sc. (Hons), Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, Zoology, 1976 B.Sc. (Hons), Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, Zoology, 1975

Professional Positions:
  • 2011-present GS-435-15 Supervisory Physiologist NRS-10, Durham, NH. 2001-2011 GS-435-14 Supervisory Physiologist NE-4505, Durham, NH. 1996 Visiting Research Scientist, New Zealand Forestry Research Institute, Rotorua, New Zealand. 1995-2001 GS-1320-13 Supervisory Research Chemist (working title- Research Biochemist), NE-4505, Durham, NH. 1993-1995 GS-1320-12 Research Biochemist, NE-4510, Durham, NH. 1990-1993 GS-1320-11 Research Biochemist, NE-4510, Durham, NH. 1991-1996 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Plant Biology, UNH, Durham, NH. 1989: NSF Visiting Research Scientist, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. 1986-1990 GS-1320-9 Research Chemist, NE-4510, Durham, NH. 1984-1985 Graduate School Dissertation Fellow, UNH, Durham, NH. 1982-1984 Research Assistant, UNH, Durham, NH. 1981-1982 Visiting Graduate Student, University of Frankfurt, Germany. 1978 Teaching Assistant, UNH, Durham, NH. 1977-1978 Tutor, Statistics Courses, UNH, Durham, NH.

  • Research Interests and Activities:
    Long-term goals of my research are: 1) to develop early biochemical indicators of environmental stress in trees using tissue culture as well as healthy mature trees growing under environmental stress in the field; 2) to genetically manipulate spruce and poplar tissues in culture in order to modulate their response to stress and/or their efficiency of regeneration through somatic embryo production. As a part of various interdisciplinary research teams: Involved with studying the wood core chemistry and foliar chemistry (including inorganic cations, polyamines, amino acids, proteins, and chlorophyll) at various sites in the Northeastern US in order to determine functional relationships between these parameters and root, soil, and soil solution chemistry. So far, putrescine, a polyamine, and arginine have shown the potential to be used as early indicators of physiological stress.

    Distinguished Awards and Memberships:
    Director’s award for teaching and outreach award for working with school and college students in 2011 by the NRS director < br> Dr. K. K. Nanda Memorial Lecture Award by Indian Society of Plant Physiologists, November, 2009.
    American Society of Plant Biologists, 2006. Executive Committee Citation and plaque “In recognition of her dedicated service to the society and to the science of plant biology”.
    Director\'s Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of exemplary effort to strengthen collaboration between the scientists of the Northeastern Research Station and the scientists of the Polish Ministry. March 2000.
    Northeastern Forest Experiment Station Director\'s Award for Research Excellence, March 1994.
    Northeastern Forest Experiment Station Director\'s Certificate of Merit for teamwork accomplished in order to understand the role of Al in inducing Ca deficiency and subsequent physiological changes in red spruce. February 1994.
    UNH Dissertation Fellowship, 1984 1985. Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Scholarship for a German language course at the Goethe Institut, Mannheim, Germany, July August 1981.

    Selected Publications:

    Minocha, R., S. A. Turlapati, S. Long, and M. North. 2013. Fuel treatment effects on soil chemistry and foliar physiology of three coniferous species at the Teakettle Experimental Forest, California, USA. Trees - Structure and Function:In press.
    Majumdar, R., L. Shao, R. Minocha, S. Long, and S. C. Minocha. 2013. Ornithine: The overlooked molecule in regulation of polyamine metabolism. Plant Cell Physiology.
    Turlapati, S. A., R. Minocha, P. S. Bhiravarasa, L. S. Tisa, W. K. Thomas, and S. C. Minocha. 2013. Chronic N-amended soils exhibit an altered bacterial community structure in Harvard Forest, MA, USA. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 83:478-493.
    Page, A., R. Minocha, and S. C. Minocha. 2012. Living with High Putrescine: Expression of Ornithine and Arginine Biosynthetic Pathway Genes in High and Low Putrescine Producing Poplar Cells. Amino Acids 42:295-308.
    Sridevi, G., R. Minocha, S. A. Turlapati, K. C. Goldfarb, E. L. Brodie, L. S. Tisa, and S. C. Minocha. 2012. Soil bacterial communities of a calcium-supplemented and a reference watershed at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest (HBEF), New Hampshire, USA. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 79:728-740.
    Puckett, E. E., Serpiglia M.J., DeLeon A.M., Long S., Minocha R., and L. B. Smart. 2012. Differential expression of genes encoding phosphate transporters contributes to arsenic accumulation in shrub willow (Salix spp.). Environmental and Experimental Botany 75:248-257.
    Bubier, J. L., R. Smith, S. Juutinen, T. R. Moore, R. Minocha, S. Long, and S. C. Minocha. 2011. Effects of nutrient addition on leaf chemistry, morphology, and photosynthetic capacity of three bog shrubs Oecologia 167:355–368.
    Schaberg, P. G., R. Minocha, S. Long, J. M. Halman, G. J. Hawley, and C. Eagar. 2011. Calcium fertilization at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest increases the capacity for stress tolerance and carbon capture in red spruce (Picea rubens) trees during the cold season. Trees 25:1053-1061.
    Mattoo, A. K., S. C. Minocha, R. Minocha, and A. K. Handa. 2010. Polyamines and cellular metabolism in plants: transgenic approaches reveal different responses to diamine putrescine versus higher polyamines spermidine and spermine. Amino Acids 38:405-413.
    Minocha, R., S. Long, P. Thangavel, S. C. Minocha, C. Eagar, and C. T. Driscoll. 2010. Elevation dependent sensitivity of northern hardwoods to Ca addition at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, NH USA. Forest Ecology and Management 260:2115-2125.
    Mohapatra, S., S. Cherry, R. Minocha, R. Majumdar, P. Thangavel, S. Long, and S. C. Minocha. 2010. The response of high and low polyamine producing cell lines to aluminum and calcium stress. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 48:612-620.
    Mohapatra, S., R. Minocha, S. Long, and S. C. Minocha. 2010. Transgenic manipulation of a single polyamine in poplar cells affects the accumulation of all amino acids. Amino Acids 38:1117-1129.
    Minocha, R., G. Martinez, B. Lyons, and S. Long. 2009. Development of a standardized methodology for the quantification of total chlorophyll and carotenoids from foliage of hardwood and conifer tree species. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 39:849-861.
    Mohapatra, S., R. Minocha, S. Long, and S. C. Minocha. 2009. Putrescine overproduction negatively impacts the oxidative state of poplar cells in culture. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 47:262-271.
    Smith, K. T., ,, W. C. Shortle, J. H. Connolly, R. Minocha, and J. Jellison. 2009. Calcium fertilization increases the concentration of calcium in sapwood and calcium oxalate in foliage of red spruce Environmental and Experimental Botany 67:277-283.
    Minocha, R., P. Thangavel, O. P. Dhankher, and S. Long. 2008. Separation and quantification of monothiols and phytochelatins from a wide variety of cell cultures and tissues of trees and other plants using high performance liquid chromatography. Journal of Chromatography A 1207:72-83.
    Serapiglia, M. J., R. Minocha, and S. C. Minocha. 2008. Changes in polyamines, inorganic ions and glutamine synthetase activity in response to nitrogen availability and form in red spruce (Picea rubens). Tree Physiology 28:1793-1803.
    Shortle, W. C., P. S. Murdoch, K. T. Smith, R. Minocha, and G. B. Lawrence. 2008. Monitoring recovery from calcium depletion and nitrogen saturation Pages 51-62 in P. S. Murdoch, J. C. Jenkins, and R. A. Birdsey, editors. The DelawareRiver Basin Collaborative Environmental Monitoring and Research Initiative:Foundation Document. U. S. Forest Service, Newtown Square, PA.
    Thangavel, P., S. Long, and R. Minocha. 2007. Changes in phytochelatins and their biosynthetic intermediates in red spruce (Picea rubens Sarg.) cell suspension cultures under cadmium and zinc stress. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture 88:201-216.
    Zhang, Q., X. Xiao, B. Braswell, E. Linder, S. Ollinger, M.-L. Smith, J. P. Jenkins, F. Baret, A. D. Richardson, B. Moore III, and R. Minocha. 2006. Characterization of seasonal variation of forest canopy in a temperate deciduous broadleaf forest, using daily MODIS data. Remote Sensing of Environment 105:189-203.
    Juice, S. M., T. J. Fahey, T. G. Siccama, C. T. Driscoll, E. G. Denny, C. Eagar, N. L. Cleavitt, R. Minocha, and A. D. Richardson. 2006. Response of sugar maple to calcium addition to northern hardwood forest. Ecology 87:1267-1280.
    Bhatnagar, P., B. M. Glasheen, S. K. Bains, S. L. Long, R. Minocha, C. Walter, and S. C. Minocha. 2001. Transgenic manipulation of the metabolism of polyamines in poplar cells. Plant Physiology 125:2139-2153.

    Co-Authors and Collaborators:
    Jana Albrechtová (Charles Univ, Prague), Eoin Brodie (LBNL), Charles Driscoll (Syracuse), Christopher Eagar (USFS), Ivan Fernadez (Univ Maine), Katherine Goldfarb (LBNL), Joshua Halman (UVB), Gary Hawley (UVB), Dave Hollinger (USFS), Pavel Krám (Czech Geological Survey, Prague), Gregory Lawrence (USGS, Albany, NY), Stephanie Long (USFS), Benjamin Lyons (UNH), Gabriela Martinez (UNH), Bill McDowell (UNH), Subhash C. Minocha (UNH), Sridev Mohapatra (UNH), Eun Woon Noh (Forest Research Inst, Korea), Scott Ollinger (UNH), Andrew Page (UNH), Don Ross (UVB), Linsey Rustad (USFS), Paul Schaberg (USFS), Walter Shortle (USFS), Larry Smart (Cornell Univ), Kevin Smith (USFS), Ganapathi Sridevi (UNH), Palaniswamy Thangavel (USFS), Louis Tisa (UNH), Swathi Turlapati (UNH). * LBNL = Lawrence Berkeley National Lab UNH = Univ New Hampshire USFS = USDA Forest Service UVB = Univ Vermont Burlington

    Postdoctoral Associates:
    Dr. Swathi Anuradha Turlapathi, September 2009-Present.
    Dr. Andrew Page, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Feb 2003 – 2007
    Dr. Sridevi Ganapathi, Jan. 2005 – 2007. Visiting Scientist, Madurai Kamraj Univ., India
    Dr. Thangavel Palaniswamy, Jan. 2005-2007, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India.
    Dr. Jae Soon Lee 1998-2000, Visiting Scientist, Forest Genetics Research Inst., S. Korea.
    Dr. S. Badrinarayan, May - Nov. 2000. Dabur Research Foundation, Sahibabad, India
    DR. Pradeep K. Chand, September, 2000 - May, 2001. Utkal Univ., Bhubaneswar, India
    Dr. Hisai Maki. Japan Women\'s University, Tokyo, Japan.

    Graduate Advisor:
    Prof. Edward Herbst

    Role at the Hubbard Brook:
    Member of Committee of Sceintists

    Title at Hubbard Brook:
    Principal Investigator