Russell R. Johnson

Associate Provost and Dean of Faculty, 2017- ; Professor of Biology

Box 4776

Phone: 207-859-4776
Fax: 207-859-4775
Mailing Address:
4776 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8847
Johnson, Russell R.


BA, Biology (1984) The Colorado College Ph.D., Plant Physiology (1989) Washington State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Physiology and molecular biology of plant seeds during germination, dormancy and development
  • Responses of plants to environmental stresses
  • Use of genetically engineered crops in agriculture


Uwase, G., Enrico, T., Chelimo, D., Keyser, B., and Johnson, R. (2018) Measuring gene expression in bombarded barley aleurone layers with increased throughput. Journal of Visualized Experiments (133) e56728
Johnson, R. (2017) Seed Development: Embryogenesis. in “Encyclopedia of Applied
Plant Sciences, 2nd edition” (B. Thomas, D. Murphy, and B. Murray, eds.)
pp 490-496 Academic Press (Elsevier)
Harris, L., Martinez, S., Kyser, B., Dyer, W., and Johnson R. (2013) Functional analysis of TaABF1 during abscisic acid and gibberellin signaling in aleurone cells of cereal grains. Seed Science Research 23:89-98
Johnson, R., Shin, M., and Shen, J. (2008) The wheat PKABA1-interacting factor TaABF1 mediates both abscisic acid-suppressed and abscisic acid-induced gene expression in bombarded aleurone cells. Plant Molecular Biology 68:93-103
Zhang, D et al (2004) Construction and evaluation of cDNA libraries for large-scale expressed sequence tag sequencing in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) Genetics 168:595-608
Johnson, R. (2003) Seed Development: Germination. in "Encyclopedia of Applied Plant Sciences" (B. Thomas, D. Murphy, and B. Murray, eds.) Academic Press. pp 1298-1304
Johnson, R., Wagner, R., Verhey, S., and Walker-Simmons, M.K. (2002) The ABA-responsive kinase PKABA1 interacts with a wheat ABA response
element binding factor TaABF and phosphorylates TaABF peptide sequences. Plant Physiology 130:837-846
Johnson, R., and Dyer, W. (2000) Degradation of endosperm mRNAs during dry after-ripening of cereal grains. Seed Science Research 10:233-241
Johnson, R. (2000) Characterization of germination-related genes in Avena fatua seeds. in "Seed Biology: Advances and Applications" (M. Black, K. Bradford, and J. Vazquez-Ramos, eds.) pp 254-259 CAB International
Johnson, R., Chaverra, M., Cranston, H., Pleban, T. and Dyer, W. (1999) Degradation of oat mRNAs during seed development. Plant Molecular Biology 39: 823-833
Cranston, H., Johnson, R., Chaverra, M. and Dyer, W. (1999) Isolation and characterization of a cDNA encoding a sar-like monomeric GTP-binding protein in Avena fatua L. Plant Science 145: 75-81
Johnson, R. (1997) Insect resistance in plants: Natural mechanisms and improvements through biotechnology. in "Mechanisms of Environmental Stress Resistance in Plants" (A. Basra and R. Basra, eds) pp 373-402. Harwood Academic Publishers
Lu, M., Farrell, P., Johnson, R., and Iatrou, K. (1997) A baculovirus repeat element functions as a powerful constitutive enhancer in transfected insect cells. Journal of Biological Chemistry 272:30724-30728
Johnson, R., Cranston, H., Chaverra, M., and Dyer, W. (1996) Analysis of cDNA clones for differentially expressed genes in dormant and nondormant wild oat (Avena fatua L.) embryos. in "Plant Dormancy: Physiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology" (G.A. Lang, ed) pp 293-300. CAB International
Johnson, R., Cranston, H., Chaverra, M., and Dyer, W. (1995) Characterization of cDNA clones for differentially expressed genes in embryos of dormant and nondormant Avena fatua L. caryopses. Plant Molecular Biology 28:113-122


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