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Harbans Bhardwaj

Bhardwaj, Harbans, PhD

Plant and Soil Sciences


Phone: 804-524-6723
Fax: 804-524-5950


  • Ph. D. (1983) - University of Georgia, Athens (Agronomy)
  • M.S. (1971) - Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India
  • B.S. (1969) - Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India

Research Interest

  • Elucidation of genetic and environmental control of phenotypic expression of agronomic and physiological traits
  • Development of new crops for production of food, feed, & industrial products
  • Genetic improvement of crop plants to increase yield and quality
  • Demonstrations related to canola production, canola seed crushing to obtain oil, and conversion of canola oil into biodiesel.

Professional Society Membership  

  • Crop Science Society of America
  • American Oil Chemists Society
  • American Society for Horticultural Science 

Selected Publications

  • Bhardwaj, H.L. and A.A. Hamama. 2008. Oil Quality of Winter Hardy Rapeseed Germplasm Relative to Biodiesel Production. World Journal of Agricultural Sciences 4(1):1-6.
  • Bhardwaj, H.L. and A.A. Hamama. 2007. Yield and Nutritional Quality of Canola Sprouts. HortScience 42(7):1656-1658.
  • Bhardwaj, H.L., A.A. Hamama, and D.A. Dierig. 2007. Fatty acids in vernonia produced in the mid-Atlantic region of USA. J. Amer. Oil Chemists Soc., 84:393-397.
  • Bhardwaj, H.L., A.A. Hamama, and E. van Santen. 2004. White lupin performance and nutritional value as affected by planting date and row spacing.  Agron. Journal 96:580-583.
  • Bhardwaj, H.L., M. Rangappa, and A. A. Hamama. 2002. Planting date and genotype effects on tepary bean productivity. HortScience 37(2):317-318. 

Selected Grants

  • Biological N Fixation and Seed Composition Traits of Tepary Bean.  USDA-CSREES, 2007-2010,  $299,391.
  • Biological Nitrogen Fixation and Seed Composition Traits of White Lupin.  USDA-CSREES-CBGP, 2003-2006, $297,401.
  • Establishment of Canola as an Alternate Cash Crop in Virginia.  USDA-CSREES-National Canola Research Program, 1994-2010, on-going annually-renewable project, $263,196.
  • Human Health and Consumption of Ground Wholeseed Flax as a Food Supplement. Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA., 2008-09, $11,000.
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