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Bruce Bugbee

Bruce Bugbee

Category: Staff
Location:  RG 142A
Office Phone:  435-797-2765
Utah State University
Plants, Soils & Climate Department
4820 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-4820


                        Curriculum Vitae of Bruce Bugbee




B.S.      University of Minnesota                                                          1975

M.S.     University of California, Davis                                                 1977

Ph.D.   Penn State University                                                              1981



Postdoctoral Fellow, Plant Science Dept., Utah State Univ.                  1981-82

Research Assistant Professor, Plant Sci. Dept., Utah State Univ.         1982-86

Assistant Professor, Plant Science Dept., Utah State Univ.                  1986-90

Associate Professor, Plants, Soils, & Biometeorology Dept.                 1990-95

Professor, Plants, Soils, & Climate Dept.                                             96-present


Professional Memberships

Crop Science Society of America       

American Society of Agronomy

American Society for Horticultural Science

Association of Research Greenhouse Curators


National Committee Appointments and Positions

Elected chairman of the Crop Physiology division, Am. Soc. of Agronomy (2003-2004)

Invited to participate in a comprehensive 2-year review NASA Life Sciences research for the National Research Council (1996-97).  This resulted in co-editing a book, “Advanced Technology for Human Life Support in Space” published by the NRC.

Invited to serve on the American Association of Biological Sciences Advisory panel to review research proposals (3 invitations: 1992; 2001; 2008).

Nominated for National Science Foundation "Presidential Young Investigator Award" 1987.


Professional Service

Reviewed 37 manuscripts and 42 proposals in the past 10 years (2002-2013) for the Agronomy, Horticulture, Plant Physiology, and other societies.



       2012    Governor’s Medal for Science         State of Utah

2005    Researcher of the Year                     College of Agriculture

2001    Outstanding Graduate Mentor        Utah State University

2001    Top Professor Award                       Utah State University



Book Chapters


Bugbee, B. 2011.  Effect of Environment on Ethylene Stress and Cotton.  Chapter 5. In: Derrick             M. Oosterhuis, (ed.).  Stress Physiology in Cotton.  The Cotton Foundation reference             book series, Cordova TN.

Doucette, W., E. Dettenmaier, B. Bugbee and D. Mackay . 2010. Mass Transport from Soil to

Plants. In: L. Thibodeaux and D. Mackay (eds.).  Handbook of Chemical Mass Transport in the Environment.  CRC Press.

Klassen, S. and B. Bugbee.  2005.  Shortwave radiation. Chapter 3. pages 43-58  In: Micrometeorology in Agriculture Systems.  Am. Soc. of Agronomy monograph no. 47. Madison, WI.

Bugbee, B.  2004.  Nutrient Management in Recirculating Hydroponic Culture.  In: Proceedings of the South Pacific Soilless Culture Conference.  M. Nichols, (ed.).  Acta Hort 648: 99-112.

Klassen, S.P., G. Ritchie, J. M. Frantz, D. Pinnock, and B. Bugbee. 2003.  Real?time Imaging of Ground Cover: Relationships with Radiation Capture, Canopy Photosynthesis, and Daily Growth rate. Chapter 1: Pages 3 - 14.  In: Digital Imaging and Spectral Techniques: Applications to Precision Agriculture and Crop Physiology.  Am. Soc. Agronomy special publication No. 66.  Madison, WI.

Doucette, W.J., B. Bugbee, S.C. Smith, C.J. Pajak, and J.S. Ginn. 2003. Uptake, Metabolism, and Phytovolatilization of TCE by Indigenous Vegetation.  In:  McCutcheon, S. and J. Schnoor. (eds).  Phytoremediation: Transformation and Control of Contaminants. John Wiley and Sons, NY.

Bugbee, B.  1996.  Growth Analysis and Yield Components.  In:  F.B. Salisbury (ed.). Units, Symbols, and Terminology for Plant Physiology.   Oxford University Press.

Bugbee, B.  1994.  Effects of Radiation Quality, Intensity, and Duration on Photosynthesis and Growth.  p. 39-50.  In:  International Lighting in Controlled Environments Workshop. T. Tibbitts ed.  NASA Tech Proceeding No. NASA-CP-95-3309.  Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899.

Bugbee, B. and F.B. Salisbury.  1989.  Controlled Environ­ment Crop Production:  Hydroponics versus Lunar Regolith. p. 107-129. In:  D. Henninger and D. Ming (eds.) Lunar Agriculture.  Am. Soc. of Agronomy.

Salisbury, F.B. and B. Bugbee.  1985.  Wheat Farming in a Lunar Base.  In: Michael B. Duke and Wendell W. Mendell (eds.) Lunar Bases and Space Activities of the 21st Century.  Lunar and Planetary In­stitute, 3303 NASA Road One, Houston, Texas 77048.




Books Edited

Advances in Space Research.  1992.  Life Sciences and Space Research: Natural and Artificial Ecosystems. R. MacElroy, M. Averner, T. Tibbitts, B. Bugbee, G. Horneck, and E. Dunlop (eds).  Pergamon Press, NY.

Publications in Refereed Journals (h-index: 28; not including book chapters)

Doucette, W., H. Klein, J. Chard, R. Dupont, B. Bugbee, W. Plaehn.  2013. Volatilization of Trichloroethylene from Trees and Soil: Measurement and Scaling Approaches. Environ. Sci. and Technology.  In press. 

Cope, K, and B. Bugbee. 2013.  Spectral Effects of Three Types of White Light-Emitting Diodes on Plant Growth and Development: Absolute versus Relative Amounts of Blue Light.  HortScience. In press. 

Adams, C., Jacobson, A. Bugbee, B. 2013. Ceramic aggregate sorption and desorption chemistry: Implications for use as a component of soilless media. Journal of Plant Nutrition. In Press.

Romagnano, J. and B. Bugbee. 2013.  Light level does not alter ethylene sensitivity in radish or pea.  Jour. Plant Growth Regulation.  Accepted for publication.

Adams, C., Frantz, J., Bugbee, B. 2013. Macro- and micronutrient-release characteristics of three polymer-coated fertilizers: Theory and Measurements. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 176:76-88. DOI: 10.1002/jpln.201200156.

Adams, C., Godfrey, V., Wahlen , B., Seefeldt, L., Bugbee, B.  2012. Understanding precision nitrogen stress to optimize the growth and lipid content tradeoff in oleaginous green microalgae. Bioresource Technology. 131: 188-194.  DOI:

Wahlen, B., M. Morgan, A. McCurdy, R. Willis, M. Morgan, D. Dye, B. Bugbee, B. Wood, and L. Seefeldt. 2012. Biodiesel from Microalgae, Yeast, and Bacteria: Engine Performance and Exhaust Emissions.  Energy & Fuels.  27: 220-228.  DOI: 10.1021/ef3012382

Stoklosa A. Weiss I, and B. Bugbee.  2011. Composition and Functional Properties of Apogee and Perigee Wheat compared to common terrestrial wheat cultivars.  International Journal of Food Properties. 14(5) 996-1006.

Slavens, M., P. Johnson, and B. Bugbee. 2011. Irrigation frequency differentially alters vegetative growth and seed-head development of Poa annua biotypes.  Crop Sci 51:1-9.

Johnson, I., J. Thornley, J. Frantz, and B. Bugbee. 2010.  A model of canopy photosynthesis incorporating protein distribution through the canopy and its acclimation to light, temperature and CO2.  Annals of Botany 106:735-749. 

Blonquist, M., R. Allen, and B. Bugbee.  2010.  An Evaluation of the Net Radiation Sub-model

 in the ASCE Standardized Reference Evapotranspiration Equation: Implications for         Evapotranspiration Prediction.  Ag. Water Management. 97:1026-1038.


Blonquist, M., J. Norman, and B. Bugbee.  2009.  Automated measurement of canopy stomatal   conductance based on infra-red temperature. Ag. and Forest Meteorology 149:1931-1945.


Jones, S. B. Bugbee, R Heinse, D. Or, and G Bingham.  2009.  Porous plant growth media design considerations for lunar and Martian habitats.  SAE International paper no. 2009-01-2361.


Blonquist, M., B. Tanner, and B. Bugbee 2009. Evaluation of measurement accuracy and             Comparison of Two New and Three Traditional Net Radiometers. Ag. and Forest Meteorology149:1709-1721.


Dettenmaier, E, W. Doucette, B. Bugbee. 2009. Chemical Hydrophobicity and Uptake by Plant Roots.             Environmental Sci. and Technology 43:324-329.


Chen, D. M. Liang, D. DeWald, B. Weimer, M. Peel, B. Bugbee, J. Michaelson, E. Davis, Y. Wu.  2008.  Identification of dehydration responsive genes from two non-nodulated alfalfa cultivars using Medicago truncatula microarrays. Acta Physiol. Plant 30:183-189.


Frantz, J., N. Cometti, M. van Iersel, and B. Bugbee. 2007. Rethinking Acclimation of Growth and Maintenance Respiration of Tomato in Elevated CO2: Effects of a Sudden Change in Light at Different Temperatures. Jour. Plant Ecology 31 (4)100-110.


Henry, A., W. Doucette, J. Norton, and B. Bugbee.  2007.  Changes in Crested Wheatgrass Root Exudation caused by Flood, Drought, and Nutrient Stress. Jour. Environmental Quality 36:904-912. 


Chard, B., W. Doucette, J, Chard, and B. Bugbee.  2006.  Trichloroethylene Uptake by Apple and Peach Trees and Transfer to Fruit.  Environ. Sci. and Technology  40(15):4788-4793.


Henry, A., W. Doucette, J. Norton, S. Jones, J. Chard, and B. Bugbee.  2006.  Design and           Maintenance of an Axenic Plant Culture system to Facilitate Optimal growth in Long- term studies.  Jour. Environmental Quality 35(2):590-598. 


Frantz, J. and B. Bugbee. 2005.  Acclimation of Plant Populations to Shade:  Photosynthesis,       Respiration, and Carbon Use Efficiency. Jour. Am. Soc. Hort. Sci. 130(6):918-927.


Doucette, W. B. Wheeler, J. Chard, B. Bugbee, C. Naylor, J. Carbone, and R. Sims. 2005.           Uptake of Nonylphenol and Nonylphenol Ethoxylates by Crested Wheatgrass. Environ.         Toxicology and Chemistry 24:2965-2972.   

Klassen, S. and B. Bugbee.  2004. Ethylene Synthesis and Sensitivity in Crop Plants.  HortScience 39:1546-1552.

Frantz, J., D. Pinnock, S. Klassen, and B. Bugbee. 2004. Characterizing the Environmental Response of a Gibberellic Acid Deficient Rice for Use as a Model Crop.  Agronomy Jour. 96:1172-1181. 

Dougher, T. and B. Bugbee.  2004. Long-term Blue Light Effects on the Histology of Lettuce and Soybean Leaves and Stems.  Jour. Am. Soc. Hort. Sci. 129:467-472.

Frantz, J., N. Cometti, and B. Bugbee. 2004. Night Temperature has a Minimal Effect on Respiration and Growth in rapidly Growing Plants.  Ann. Botany 94:155-166.

Frantz, J., G. Ritchie, N. Cometti, J. Robinson, and B. Bugbee. 2004. Exploring the Limits of Crop Productivity: Beyond the limits of tipburn in lettuce.  Jour. Am. Soc. Hort. Sci.  129:331-338..

Mackowiak, C., P. Grossl, and B. Bugbee.  2003. Biogeochemistry of Fluoride in a Plant-solution system. Jour. of Environmental Quality 32:2230-2238.

Drysdale, A. and B. Bugbee.  2003.  Optimizing a Plant Habitat for Space: A Novel Approach to Plant Growth on the Moon.  Int. Conf. Environ. Systems 2003-01-2360.

Klassen, S. and B. Bugbee. 2002. Sensitivity of Wheat and Rice to Low Levels of Atmospheric Ethylene.  Crop Sci. 42:746-753.

Frantz, J. and B. Bugbee. 2002. Anaerobic Conditions Improve Germination of a Gibberellic Acid Deficient Rice.  Crop Sci. 42:651-654.

Mackowiak, C., P. Grossl, and B. Bugbee. 2001. Beneficial effects of humic acid on micronutrient availability to wheat.  Soil Sci. Soc. Am.  65:1744-1750.

Campbell, W., F. Salisbury, B. Bugbee, S. Klassen, E. Nagle, D. Strickland, G. Bingham, M Levinskikh, G. Iljina, T. Veselova, V. Sytchev, I. Podolsky, W. McManus, D. Bubenheim, J. Stieber, and G. Jahns. 2001. Comparative floral development of Mir-grown and ethylene treated Earth-grown Super Dwarf wheat.  Jour. Plant Physiol.  158:1051-1060.

Dougher, T. and B. Bugbee. 2001. Differences in the response of Wheat, Soybean, and Lettuce to reduced blue radiation.  Photochemistry and Photobiology. 73:199-207.

Dougher, T. and B. Bugbee. 2001. Evidence for yellow light suppression of lettuce growth. Photochemistry and Photobiology. 73:208-212.

Van Iersel, M. and B. Bugbee. 2000. A multiple chamber, semi-continuous, crop carbon dioxide exchange system: Design, calibration, and data interpretation.  Jour. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci.  125:86-92.

Orchard, B.J., W.J. Doucette, J.K. Chard and B. Bugbee. 2000a. A Novel Laboratory System for Determining the Fate of Trichloroethylene in Plants. Environ. Tox. Chem. 19:888-894.

Orchard, B.J., W.J. Doucette, J.K. Chard and B. Bugbee. 2000b. Uptake of Trichloroethylene by Hybrid Poplar Trees Grown Hydroponically in High Rate, Flow-through Plant Growth Chambers. Environ. Tox. Chem. 19:895-903.

J. Cavazzoni, T. Volk, B. Bugbee, and T. Dougher. 2000. Phasic Temperature and Photoperiod Control for Soybean using a Modified Crop Gro Model. Life Supp. Biosphere Sci. 6:273-278.

Bugbee, B.  1999.  Engineering Plants for Spaceflight Environments.  American Soc. for Gravitational and Space Biology Bulletin.  12:67-74.

Stahl, R., P. Grossl, and B. Bugbee.  1999.  Effect of 2(N-Morpholino)ethane Sulfonic Acid (MES) on the Growth and Tissue Composition of Cucumber.  Jour. Plant Nutrition  22:315-330.

Bugbee, B., M. Droter, O. Monje, and B. Tanner. 1999. Evaluation and Modification of Commercial Infra-red Transducers for Leaf Temperature Measurement.  Adv. In Space Res. 22:1425-1434.

Dougher, T. and B. Bugbee.  1998.  Is Blue Light Good or Bad for Plants?  Life Support and Biosphere Science.  5:129-136.

Bishop, D. and B. Bugbee. 1998.  Photosynthetic Capacity and Dry Mass Partitioning in Dwarf and Semi-dwarf Wheat.  Jour. Plant Physiology 153:558-565.

Smart, D., K. Ritchie, A. Bloom, and B. Bugbee.  1998.  Nitrogen Balance for Wheat Canopies Grown under Elevated and Ambient CO2 Concentrations.  Plant Cell Environ. 21:753-763.

Dougher, T. and B. Bugbee. 1998. Effect of Lamp Type and Temperature on Development, Carbon Partitioning, and Yield of soybean.  Adv. Space Res. 5:129-136.

Grotenhuis, T., J. Reuveni, and B. Bugbee.  1998. Super-optimal CO2 Reduces Yield in Growth Chamber and Greenhouse Environments. Adv. Space Res. 20:1901-1904.

Monje, O. and B. Bugbee.  1998.  Adaptation to High CO2 Concentration in an Optimal Environment: Radiation Capture, Canopy Quantum Yield, and Carbon Use Efficiency.  Plant Cell Environ. 21:315-324.

Jurgonski, L., D. Smart, B. Bugbee, and S. Nielsen. 1998.  Controlled Environments Alter Nutrient Content of Soybeans. Adv. Space Res. 20:1979-1988.

Bugbee, B. and G. Koerner.  1997.  Yield Comparisons and Unique Characteristics of the Dwarf Wheat Cultivar AUSU-Apogee”.  Adv. Space Res. 20:1891-1894.

Volk, T., B. Bugbee, and F. Tubiello. 1997.  Phasic Temperature Control Appraised with the CERES-Wheat Model.  Life Support & Biosphere Sci. 4:49-54.

Smart, D., K. Ritchie, J. Stark, and B. Bugbee. 1997.  Evidence that Elevated CO2 Levels and Indirectly Increase Rhizosphere Denitrifier Activity. Applied & Environmental Microbiology 63:4621-4624.

Tubiello, F., T. Volk, and B. Bugbee. 1997. Diffuse Light and Wheat Radiation-Use Efficiency in a Controlled Environment. Life Support & Biosphere Sci. 4:77-85.

Grotenhuis, T. and B. Bugbee.  1997. Super-optimal CO2 reduces Seed Yield but not Vegetative Growth in Wheat. Crop Sci. 37:1215-1222.

Reuveni, J. and B. Bugbee.  1997.  Very High CO2 Reduces Photosynthesis, Dark Respiration, and Yield in Wheat.  Annals of Botany 80:539-546.

Ferro, A., J. Kennedy, W. Doucette, S. Nelson, G. Jauregi, B. McFarland, and B. Bugbee. 1997. Fate of Benzene in Soils Planted with Alfalfa: Uptake, Volatilization, and Degradation.  Chapt. 16. pp 223-237. IN: Phytoremediation of Soil and Water Contaminants. E. Kruger, T. Anderson, and J. Coats (eds).  Symposium Series 664. Amer. Chemical Soc. Washington, DC.

Bugbee, B., G. Koerner, R. Albrechtsen, W. Dewey, and S. Clawson. 1997.  Registration of USU-Apogee Wheat.  Crop Science 37:626.

van Iersel, M. and B. Bugbee.  1997.  Increased Organic Matter in the Growing Medium Decreases Benlate DF Phytotoxicity. Plant Disease.  81:743-748.

van Iersel, M. and B. Bugbee. 1997.  Dibutyl urea reduces photosynthesis and growth of Petunia and Impatiens.  Jour. Am. Soc. Hort. Sci.  122:536-541.

Monje, O. And B. Bugbee. 1996. Characterizing Photosynthesis and Transpiration of Plant Communities in Controlled Environments. Acta Hort. ISHS 440:123-128.

Bugbee, B. 1996. Growth Analysis and Yield Components. In:  Units, Symbols, and Terminology for Plant Physiology. F. Salisbury (ed.). Oxford University Press.

van Iersel, M. and B. Bugbee. 1996.  Phytotoxic Effects of Benzimidazole Fungicides on Bedding Plants.  Jour. Am. Soc. Hort. Sci. 121:1095-1102.

Smart, D., K. Ritchie, and B. Bugbee.  1996.  Mass Transfer in the Biological Fast Lane: High CO2 and a Shallow Root-zone.  Life Support and Biosphere Sci. 3:43-46.

Bugbee, B. O. Monje, and B. Tanner.  1996.  Quantifying Energy and Mass Transfer in Crop Canopies.  Advances in Space Research 18:149-156.

McKeehen, J. C. Mitchell, R. Wheeler, B. Bugbee, and S. Nielsen.  1996.  Excess Nutrients in Hydroponic Solutions alter Nutrient content of Rice, Wheat, and Potato.  Advances in Space Research.  18:73-83.

Bugbee, B.  1995.  The Components of Crop Productivity:  Measuring and Modeling Plant Metabolism.  Am. Soc. of Gravitational and Space Biology.  8:93-104.

Smart, D., A. Ferro, K. Ritchie, and B. Bugbee.  1995.  On the Use of Antibiotics to Reduce Rhizoplane Microbial Populations in Root Physiology and Ecology Investigations.  Physiol. Plantarum 95:533-540.

Volk, T, R. Wheeler, and B. Bugbee.  1995.  An Approach to Crop Modeling with the Energy Cascade.  Life Support and Biosphere Science 1:119-127.

Bugbee, B. B. Spanarkel, S. Johnson, O. Monje, and G. Koerner.  1994.  CO2 Crop Growth Enhancement and Toxicity in Wheat and Rice.  Advances in Space Research 14:257-267.

Smart, D., J. Chatterton, and B. Bugbee.  1994.  The influence of Elevated CO2 on Nonstructural Carbohydrate Distribution and Fructan Accumulation in Wheat.  Plant, Cell, and Environment 17:435-442.

Ferro, A., R. Simms, and B. Bugbee.  1994.  Hycrest Crested Wheatgrass accelerates the Degradation of Pentachlorophenol in Soil.  Jour. Environmental Quality 23:272-279.

Barnes, C., T. Tibbitts, J. Sager, G. Deitzer, D. Bubenheim, G. Koerner, and B. Bugbee. 1993.  Accuracy of Quantum Sensors Measuring Yield Photon Flux and Photosynthetic Photons Flux.  HortScience 28:1197-1200.

Bugbee, B. and O. Monje.  1992.  The Limits of Crop Productivity: Theory and Validation.  BioScience 42:494-502.

Bugbee, B.  1992.  Steady State Gas Exchange in Growth Chambers:  System Design and Operation.  HortScience 27:770-776.

Barnes, C. and B. Bugbee.  1992.  Morphological Responses of Wheat to Blue Light.  Jour. of Plant Physiol. 139:339-342.

Monje, O. and B. Bugbee.  1992.  Inherent Limitations of Nondestructive Chlorophyll Meters:  A Comparison of Two Types of Meters.  HortScience 27:69-71.

Bugbee, B. 1991. Determining the Potential Productivity of Food Crops in Controlled Environments. Adv. Space Res. 12:85-95.

Volk, T. and B. Bugbee.  1991.  Modeling Light and Temperature Effects on Leaf Emergence in Wheat and Barley.  Crop Science 31:1218-1224.

Barnes, C. and B. Bugbee. 1991.  Morphological Responses of Wheat to Changes in Phytochrome Photoequilibrium.  Plant Physiol. 97:359-365.

Bugbee, B. and F.B. Salisbury.  1989.  Current and Poten­tial Productivity of Wheat for a Controlled Environment Life Support System.  Advances in Space Research. 9:5-15.

Bugbee B. and F.B. Salisbury.  1988.  Exploring the Limits of Crop Productivity:  Photosynthetic Efficiency in High Irradiance Environments.  Plant Physiol. 88:869-878.

Bubenheim, D.L., B. Bugbee and F.B. Salisbury.  1988. Radiation in Controlled Environments:  Influence of lamp type and filter material.  Jour. Am. Soc. of Hort. Sci. 113:468-474.

Salisbury, F.B., and B. Bugbee.  1988.  Plant Productivity in Controlled Environments. Symposium on Plant Productivity in Space.  HortSci. 23:293-299.

Salisbury, F.B., B. Bugbee, and D. Bubenheim.  1987.  Wheat Production in Controlled Environments.  Advances in Space Research 7:123-132.

Bugbee, B. and F.B. Salisbury. 1985.  An Evaluation of MES (2(N-Mor­pholino)ethanesulfonic Acid) and Amberlite IRC-50 as pH Buffers for Nutrient Solution Studies.  J. Plant Nutr. 8:567-583.

Bugbee, B. and J.W. White.  1984.  Tomato Growth as Affected by Root-zone Temperatures and the Addition of Gibberellic Acid and Kinetin to Nutrient Solutions.  J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 109:121-125.