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Ku, Kang Mo

Assistant Professor of Horticulture

Kang Mo Ku obtained his Ph.D. in Crop Sciences from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. (Enhancing human health promoting activity through the regulation of the methyl jasmonate mediated glucosinolate biosynthesis in Brassica oleracea.). He also has a Masters in Horticulture from the Kyungpook National University (South Korea). After working as a post-doctoral researcher at of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for two years, he joined WVU in 2015. Prof. Ku lab (Food Crop Quality Lab) researches various agronomy practices/controlled stresses or postharvest techniques to enhance human nutritional value and crop qualities by understanding metabolites flux from primary metabolite to secondary metabolites (metabolomics) and related gene expressions (transcriptomics). Using these two –Omics, Dr. Ku revealed that pre-harvest methyl jasmonate treatment can affect post-harvest quality and de novo glucosinolate biosynthesis of broccoli. Dr. Ku lab also focused on reducing food born pathogen attachment on vegetables by understanding epicuticular waxes properties of leaf surface.

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  1. Ku KM, Kim MJ, Jeffery EH, Kang Y-H, Juvik JA. Profiles of glucosinolates and their hydrolysis products, and quinone reductase inducing activity from 39 arugula ( Eruca sativa Mill.) Accessions. Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry. 64(34), 6524-6532, 2016. doi: 10.1021/acs.jafc.6b02750
  2. Ku KM, Becker TM, Juvik JA. Transcriptome and metabolome analyses of glucosinolates in two broccoli cultivars following jasmonate treatment for the induction of glucosinolate defense to Trichoplusia ni (Hübner). International Journal of Molecular Science. 17(7), 1135, 2016. doi:10.3390/ijms17071135
  3. Lu L, Ku KM*, Sindy P-S, Storm A, Andrew P Storm, Feng H, Juvik JA, Nguyen TH. Influence of epicuticular properties on porcine rotavirus attachment for 24 salad vegetables. PloS One. 2015. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0132841.
  4. Ku KM, Jeffery EH, Juvik JA. Optimization of glucosinolate biosynthesis using methyl jasmonate for human health promoting activity. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. 94(10) 2090-2096, 2014.
  5. Ku KM, Choi J-H, Kim HS, Kusahd MM, Jeffery EH, Juvik JA. Methyl jasmonate and 1-methylcyclopropene treatment effects on quinone reductase induction activity and post-harvest quality of broccoli. PLoS One. 8(10):e77127, 2013.
  6. Ku KM, Kang YH. Quinone reductase activity of Capsicum annuum leaves and isolation the active compounds. Journal of Korean Society for Applied Biological Chemistry 53: 709-715, 2010.
  7. Ku KM, Choi JN*, Kim JY, Kim JK, Yoo LG, Lee S, Hong YS, Lee CH. Metabolomics analysis reveals the compositional differences of shade grown tea ( Camellia sinensis L.) Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry 58: 418-426, 2010.
* Equally contributed

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