Aaron M. Rashotte
Department of Biological Sciences
Professor and Graduate Program Officer

Office: 327 Rouse Life Sciences Bldg.

Lab: 334 Rouse Life Sciences Bldg.

Address: 101 Rouse Life Sciences Bldg.
Auburn University, AL 36849

Phone: (334) 844-1625

Fax: (334) 844-1645

Email: rashotte@auburn.edu


Postdoctoral Researcher - University of North Carolina
2001 - 2007
Postdoctoral Researcher - Wake Forest University
1998 - 2001
Ph.D. - Plant Sciences, University of Arizona
B.S. - Biological Sciences, Florida State University

Research and Teaching Interests

My overall research interests are focused on both development and effects of abiotic stress on plants, with a specifically interest in how the plant hormone cytokinin is involved in these processes. My lab uses molecular, genetic, and physiological approaches to study a set of transcription factors known as Cytokinin Response Factors (CRFs), which are regulated by both cytokinin and stress. A major goal of my research is to understand the function of cytokinin in its different forms throughout essential plant processes, development, and during stress. These examinations are primarily conducted in Arabidopsis and tomato and often have a CRF based focus. My teaching interests parallel my research interests and are focused on plant biology, development, and plant hormones.

Selected Publications

  1. Keshishian E.A., Cliver B.R., McLaughlin W.F., Hallmark H.T., Plačková L., Goertzen L.R., Novák O., Cobine P.A., Leisner C.P., Rashotte A.M. 2022. Cytokinin Response Factor 2 (CRF2) is involved in modulating salt stress response. The Plant Journal 110: 1097–1110.

  2. Hughes A.M., Hallmark H.T., Plačková L., Novák O., Rashotte A.M. 2021. Clade III cytokinin response factors share common roles in response to oxidative stress responses linked to cytokinin synthesis. Journal of Experimental Botany 72: 3294–3306.

  3. Hallmark H.T., Rashotte A.M. 2020. Cytokinin isopentenyladenine and its glucoside isopentenyladenine-9G delay leaf senescence through activation of cytokinin-associated genes. Plant Direct 4(12): e00292.

  4. Hughes A.M., Zwack P.J., Cobine P.A., Rashotte A.M. 2020. Cytokinin regulated targets of Cytokinin Response Factor 6 involve potassium transport. Plant Direct 4(12): e00291

  5. Hallmark H.T., Černý M., Brzobohatý B., Rashotte A.M. 2020. trans-Zeatin-N-Glucosides have biological activity in Arabidopsis thaliana. PLoS ONE 15(5): e0232762.                                            

  6. Powell P.V., Willett C.R., Goertzen L.R., Rashotte A.M. 2019. Lineage specific conservation of cis-regulatory elements in Cytokinin Response Factors. Sci Reports 9:1-11.

  7. Hallmark H.T. and Rashotte A.M. 2019. Review - Cytokinin Response Factors: Responding to more than cytokinin. Plant Science 289. Article 110251.

  8. Keshishian E.A., Hallmark H.T., Ramaraj T., Plačková L., Sundararajan A., Schilkey F., Novák O., Rashotte A.M. 2018. Salt and oxidative stresses uniquely regulate tomato cytokinin levels and transcriptomic response. Plant Direct 2:1–13. 

  9. Zwack P.J., De Clercq I., Howton T.C., Hallmark H.T., Hurny A., Keshishian E.A., Parish A.M., Benkova E., Mukhtar M.S., Van Breusegem F., Rashotte A.M. 2016. Cytokinin Response Factor 6 Represses Cytokinin-Associated Genes during Oxidative Stress. Plant Physiol. 172:1249–1258.

  10. Zwack P.J., Compton M.A., Adams C.I., Rashotte A.M. 2016. Cytokinin Response Factor 4 (CRF4) is induced by cold and involved in freezing tolerance. Plant Cell Rep. 35:573–584. 

  11. Keshishian E.A. and Rashotte A.M. 2015. Plant Cytokinin Signalling. Essays Biochem. 58:13-27.

  12. Zwack P.J. and Rashotte A.M. 2015. Interactions between Cytokinin Signalling and Abiotic Stress Responses. J. Exp. Bot. 66:4863-4871.

  13. Gupta S. and Rashotte A.M. 2014. Expression patterns of SlCRF3 and SlCRF5 in response to cytokinin and abiotic stress conditions in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum). J. Plant Physiol. 171:349-358.

  14. Shi X., Gupta S., Rashotte A.M. 2014. Characterization of Two Tomato AP2/ERF genes, SlCRF1 and SlCRF2 in Hormone and Stress Responses. Plant Cell Rep. 33:35-45.

  15. Shi X., Gupta S., Lindquist I.E., Cameron C.T., Mudge J., Rashotte A.M. 2013. Transcriptome analysis of cytokinin response in tomato leaves. PLoS One 8:e55090.

  16. Zwack P.J., Robinson B.R., Risley M.G., Rashotte A.M. 2013. Cytokinin Response Factor 6 negatively regulates leaf senescence and is induced in response to cytokinin and numerous abiotic stresses. Plant Cell Physiol. 54:971-981.

  17. Gupta S., Shi X., Lindquist I.E., Devitt N.P., Mudge J., Rashotte A.M. 2013. Transcriptome profiling of cytokinin and auxin regulation in tomato root. J. Exp. Bot. 64:695-704.

  18. Zwack P.J., Shi X., Robinson B.R., Gupta S., Gerken D.M., Compton M.A., Goertzen L.R., Rashotte A.M. 2012. Vascular expression and C-terminal sequence divergence of Cytokinin Response Factors in flowering plants. Plant Cell Physiol. 53:1683-1695.

  19. Shi, X., S. Gupta, A.M. Rashotte. (2012) Solanum lycopersicum Cytokinin Response Factors (SlCRFs) genes: characterization of CRF domain containing ERF genes in tomato. J. Exp. Bot. 63:973–982.

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Undergraduate Graduate
Plant Biology - BIOL3100
Advanced Plant Physiology - BIOL5130
Developmental Genetics - BIOL5330
Advanced Plant Physiology - BIOL6130
Developmental Genetics - BIOL6330

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