Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Yu-Lin Jiang

Committee Members

David G. J. Young, Dhirena Kumar, Ismail O. Kady


The world's population is expected to grow from 6 billion to about 10 billion by 2050. The greatest population increase is expected to occur in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. To feed a world with huge increases in population and to sustain the well-being of humans, a large increase in food production must be achieved. The projected increase in food production must be accomplished on the existing cultivated areas because the expansion of new land is limited by environmental concerns, urbanization and increasing water scarcity.

Different compounds have been developed for the "immunization" of plants against several pathogens. These compounds induce systemic acquired resistance (SAR) in plants, leading to broad-based, long-lasting resistance to a wide range of pathogens. The salicylic acid binding protein 2 (SABP 2) has been identified as a key enzyme in the salicylic acid mediated pathogen resistance pathway, converting methyl salicylate (MeSA) to salicylic acid (SA), a key compound responsible for SAR . S-methyl benzo [1, 2, 3,] thiadiazole-7-carbothiate (BTH) was the first commercial compound used for plant immunization. We have synthesized and characterized some new salicylic acid derivatives [methyl-2-(2-hydroxy benzoyl thio) acetate and derivatives], and we have studied the in-vitro activity with SABP2 of BTH by HPLC analysis.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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