Arooran Kanagendran

Research interests

Currently, I am working on a project investigating the release of a blend of volatile organic compounds from crop plants upon a variety of biotic stresses, caused by herbivores and pathogens. The key objective of this research theme is to exploit specificity in herbivore- and pathogen-induced plant volatiles for real-time crop monitoring. Our findings will ultimately lead to develop and optimize nano-mechanical sensors for the detection of specific plant volatile mixtures as a method of real-time diagnosis of specific pest or pathogen attacks in field crops grown on a large scale. In addition, I am broadly interested in plant responses to a variety of biotic and abiotic stresses, particularly physiological relationships between foliage photosynthetic traits and the biosynthesis and release of volatile organic compounds (VOC), and physiological and ecological effects of VOC emitted from plants.


Areas of expertise

  • Stress-induced plant VOC release and its underlying molecular mechanisms
  • Foliage photosynthetic traits of vascular plants upon different stresses
  • Chemical ecology



PhD in Plant Ecophysiology – Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia

MSc in Molecular Biology – University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Biology – University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka




Kanagendran, A., P. Chatterjee, B. Liu, T. Sa, L. Pazouki , Ü. Niinemets. 2019. Foliage inoculation by Burkholderia vietnamiensis CBMB40 antagonizes methyl jasmonate-mediated stress in Eucalyptus grandis. Journal of Plant Physiology. In press.

Turan, S., K. Kask, A. Kanagendran, S. Li, R. Anni, E. Talts,  B. Rasulov, A. Kännaste, Ü. Niinemets . 2019. Lethal heat stress-dependent volatile emissions from tobacco leaves: what happens beyond the thermal edge?. Journal of Experimental Botany. doi:10.1093/jxb/erz255.

Chatterjee, P., A. Kanagendran, S. Samaddar, L. Pazouki, T. M. Sa and Ü. Niinemets. 2019. Methylobacterium oryzae CBMB20 influences photosynthetic traits, volatile emission and ethylene metabolism in Oryza sativa genotypes grown in salt stress conditions. Planta. 249: 1903-1919.

Liu, B., B. Marques Dos Santos, A. Kanagendran, E.H.J. Neilson and Ü. Niinemets. 2019. Ozone and wounding stresses differently alter the temporal variation in formylated phloroglucinols in Eucalyptus globulus Leaves. Metabolites. 9: 46.


Chatterjee, P., A. Kanagendran, S. Samaddar, L. Pazouki, T. M. Sa and Ü. Niinemets. 2018. Inoculation of Brevibacterium linens RS16 in Oryza sativa genotypes enhanced salinity resistance: Impacts on photosynthetic traits and foliar volatile emissions. Science of The Total Environment. 645: 721-732.

Kanagendran, A., L. Pazouki, R. Bichele, C. Külheim and Ü. Niinemets. 2018. Temporal regulation of terpene synthase gene expression in Eucalyptus globulus leaves upon ozone and wounding stresses: relationships with stomatal ozone uptake and emission responses. Environmental and Experimental Botany. 155: 552-565.

Kanagendran, A., L. Pazouki and Ü. Niinemets. 2018. Differential regulation of volatile emission from Eucalyptus globulus leaves upon single and combined ozone and wounding treatments through recovery and relationships with ozone uptake. Environmental and Experimental Botany. 145: 21-38.

Li, S., T. Tosens, P. Harley, Y. Jiang, A. Kanagendran, M. Grosberg, K. Jaamets and Ü. Niinemets. 2018. Glandular trichomes as a barrier against atmospheric oxidative stress: relationships with ozone uptake, leaf damage, and emission of LOX products across a diverse set of species. Plant Cell Environ. 41(6):1263-1277. doi: 10.1111/pce.13128.


Kanagendran, A., L. Pazouki, S. Li, B. Liu, A. Kännaste and Ü. Niinemets. 2017. Ozone-triggered surface uptake and stress volatile emissions in Nicotiana tabacum ‘Wisconsin’. Journal of Experimental Botany. 69: 681-697.


Pazouki, L., A. Kanagendran, S. Li, A. Kännaste, H. Rajabi Memari, R. Bichele and Ü. Niinemets. 2016. Mono- and sesquiterpene release from tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) leaves upon mild and severe heat stress and through recovery: From gene expression to emission responses. Environmental and Experimental Botany. 132: 1-15.



Arooran Kanagendran




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