Dr. Nemali has published in high and medium impact journals in the fields of Horticulture and Plant Physiology. His RG score is 17.75 and H index is 11 (424 citations).


Since joining Purdue

Articles submitted to peer-reviewed journals:

    1. Miller1, R. Adhikari1 and K.Nemali. 2018. Image Analysis for Remote Measurement of Plant Growth in Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)-submitted to HortScience
    2. R. Adhikari1, A. G. Miller1, and K.Nemali. 2018. Image analysis technique for measurement of light-absorption efficiency in plants. Submitted to Applied Optics.



1 Graduate students working with Dr. Nemali.


Articles in preparation

  1. Image analysis technique for estimating tissue nitrogen (N) content of plants in controlled environment agriculture (CEA)-(targeted submission Jun’ 2018)
  2. Non-destructive Imaging to Estimate Leaf Area, Biomass, and Growth Rate of Annual Bedding Plant Plugs-(targeted submission May’2018)
  3. Physiological and Growth differences among hydroponically grown lettuce varieties supplied with fresh and recycling nutrient solutions under nutrient film technique (NFT) and semi deep water culture (SDW)-(targeted submission Jun’ 2018)
  4. Soil moisture retention curves and pore fraction analysis reveal lack of continuity in pore sizes and large volume of unavailable water in greenhouse substrates (targeted submission May’ 2018)
  5. A novel automated light controlling system to optimize electrical energy use based on plant needs in vertical farming (targeted submission Sep’ 2018)
  6. Physiological basis for growth differences in hydroponic lettuce varieties grown under light emitting diodes (LEDs) differing in light quality-(targeted submission May’2018)

Abstracts submitted

  1. Nemali, K and M.W. van Iersel. 2016. Photosynthesis response of tomato plants subjected to drought treatments that differed in the rate but not level or duration of exposure to drought stress. HortSci.
  2. Nemali, K. 2016. Improving production efficiency in controlled environment agriculture by utilizing remote sensing technologies. HortSci.
  3. Nemali, K and M.W. van Iersel, 2016. Improving water and nutrient retention capacity of the pine bark substrate using amendments. HortSci.
  4. Nemali, K. 2017. Application of Remote Sensing to Monitor Plant Input Needs in Controlled Environment Agriculture. HortSci.
  5. Nemali, K. 2017. Monitoring Supplemental Light Use of Petunia Using Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) and Quantum Sensors HortSci.
  6. Nemali, K. 2017. Managing Recycled Nutrient Solution for Maximum Growth of Hydroponic Lettuce. HortSci.
  7. Nemali, K. 2017. Using Crop Reflectance Ratio to Optimize Nitrogen Concentration in the Nutrient Solution for Hydroponic Lettuce. HortSci.
  8. Craver, J.C. K. Nemali and R. Lopex. 2017. Physiological acclimation of petunia seedlings to varying light intensity, light quality and CO2 concentrations in indoor production. HortSci.
  9. Craver, J.C. K. Nemali and R. Lopex. 2017. Noninvasive imaging using fluorescence to measure growth of annual bedding plant seedlings.
  1. Miller, A and K. Nemali. 2018. Recycled Nutrient Solution Effects on Hydroponic Lettuce Growth in Deep Water Culture and Nutrient Film Technique. HortSci.
  2. Miller, A and K. Nemali. 2018. Automated and Non-destructive Measurement of Plant Growth Characteristics using a Multispectral Image Based Technique in Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA). HortSci.
  3. R. Adhikari and K. Nemali. 2018. Estimating Tissue Nitrogen (N) Content in Floriculture Crops using Image Analysis. HortSci.
  4. R. Adhikari and K. Nemali. 2018. .Image Analysis Technique for Remotely Estimating Light Absorption Efficiency in Plants Grown in Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA). HortSci
  5. Kong, Y and K. Nemali. 2018. Comparison and basis of differences in energy use efficiency among different light emitting diode fixtures with varying light quality in indoor production. HortSci
  6. Kong, Y and K. Nemali. 2018. Development of a light controller for optimizing light use in plant factories. HortSci.


Prior to joining Purdue

Refereed journal articles

  1. K.S. Nemali, C. Bonin, F.G. Dohleman, M. Stephens, W.R. Reeves, D.E. Nelson, P. Castiglioni, J. E. Whitsel, B. Sammons, R.A. Silady, D. Anstrom, R. E. Sharp, O. R. Patharkar, D. Clay, M. Coffin, M. A. Nemeth, M. E. Leibman, M. Luethy & M. Lawson. 2015. Physiological Responses Related to Increased Grain Yield under Drought in the First Biotechnology-Derived Drought Tolerant Maize. Plant Cell & Environment 38 (9): 1866-80.
  2. H.M. Easlon, K.S. Nemali, J.H. Richards et al. 2013. The physiological basis for genetic variation in water-use efficiency and carbon isotope composition in Arabidopsis thaliana. Photosynthesis Research 119 (1-2):119-29.
  3. J.K. McKay, J.H. Richards, K.S. Nemali, S. Sen, T. Mitchell-olds, S. Boles, E.A. Stahl, T. Wayene, T.E. Juenger. 2008. Genetics of drought adaptation in Arabidopsis thaliana II: QTL analysis of new mapping population, Kas-1 x Tsu-1. Evolution 62 (12): 3014-3026.
  4. K.S. Nemali and M.W. van Iersel. 2008. Physiological responses to different substrate water contents: screening for high water-use efficiency in bedding plants. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 133: 1-8.
  5. K.S. Nemali and M.W. van Iersel. 2007. A new controller for irrigation and simulating drought stress in potted plants. Scientia Horticulturae 110: 292-297.
  6. K.S. Nemali, F. Montesano, S.K. Dove, and M.W. van Iersel. 2007. Calibration and Performance of moisture sensors in soilless substrates: ECH2O and Theta probes. Scientia Horticulturae. 112: 227-234.
  7. van Iersel, M.W. and K.S. Nemali. 2004. Drought stress can produce small but not compact marigolds. HortScience 39: 1298-1301.
  8. Kang, J-G., M.W. van Iersel, and K.S. Nemali. 2004. Fertilizer concentration and irrigation method affect growth and fruiting of ornamental pepper. J. Plant Nutr. 27: 867-884.
  9. Nemali, K.S. and M.W. van Iersel. 2004. Acclimation of wax begonia to light intensity: changes in photosynthesis, respiration, and chlorophyll concentration. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 129: 745-751.
  10. Nemali, K.S. and M.W. van Iersel. 2004. Light effects on wax begonia: photosynthesis, growth respiration, maintenance respiration, and carbon use efficiency. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 129: 416-424.
  11. Nemali, K.S. and M.W. van Iersel. 2004. Light Intensity and fertilizer concentration: II. Optimal fertilizer solution concentration for species differing in light requirement and growth rate. HortScience 39:1293-1297.
  12. Nemali, K.S. and M.W. van Iersel. 2004. Light Intensity and fertilizer concentration: I. estimating optimal fertilizer concentration from water-use efficiency of wax begonia. HortScience 39:1287-1292.
  13. Nemali K.S. (Sainath-Krishna, M.N) and M.W. van Iersel. 2003. Light effects on wax begonia: photosynthesis, growth respiration, and maintenance respiration. Acta Hort. 624:541-547.

Book Chapters

  • K.S. Nemali and M. Stephens. 2014. Plant Abiotic Stress: Water. Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems, Elsiever Publishing Company 4: 335-43.
  • Nemali, K. and M.van Iersel.2004. Acclimation and growth of photosynthesis of wax begonias grown at different light levels. In: E. Runkle and P. Fischer (eds.) Lighting up profits. Understanding greenhouse lighting. p. 22-23. Meister publishing, Willoughby, Ohio. (ISBN 1-892829-10-X)



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