St. John 516

Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808) 956-8389

Fax: (808) 956-3894


Robert E. Paull



Plant Physiology and the Postharvest Handling and Storage of Tropical Fruit, Vegetables and Ornamentals


St. Gregory High School, Australia, 1962
B.S., University of Sydney, 1966 - Agronomy
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1975 - Plant Physiology

Courses Taught:

Research Interests:

Impact preharvest factors on postharvest physiology and storage, the evolution and control of fruit ripening

Selected Publications:

  • Ray Ming, Qingyi Yu, Paul H. Moore, Robert E. Paull, Nancy J. Chen, Ming-Li Wang, Yun J. Zhu, Mary A. Schuler, Jiming Jiang, Andrew H. Paterson. 2012. Genome of papaya, a fast growing tropical fruit tree. Tree Genetics and Genomics 8:445-462.
  • Blas, A. L., Qingyi Yu, Olivia J. Veatch, Robert E. Paull, Paul H. Moore, Ray Ming. 2012. Genetic mapping of quantitative trait loci controlling fruit size and shape in papaya. Molecular Breeding 29:457–466
  • Bunsiri, Apita., Robert E. Paull and Saichol Ketsa. 2012. Increased activities of phenyalanine ammonia lyase, peroxidase, and cinnamyl alcohol dehydrogenase in relation to pericarp hardening after physical impact in mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana L.). Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology 87: 231–236.
  • Wai, Ching Man, Paul H. Moore, Robert E. Paull, Ray Ming, Qingyi Yu 2012. An integrated cytogenetic and physical map reveals unevenly distributed recombination spots along the papaya sex chromosomes. Chromosome Research 20; 753-767.
  • Sarah L. Johnston, Roneel Prakash, Nancy J. Chen, Monto H. Kumagai, Helen M. Turano, Janine M. Cooney, Ross G. Atkinson, Robert E. Paull, Roshan Cheetamun, Antony Bacic, David A. Brummell, Roswitha Schröder. 2013. An enzyme activity capable of transglycosylation of heteroxylan polysaccharides is present in plant primary cell walls. Planta 237: 173 - 187
  • Pant, Archana P., Theodore J. K. Radovich., Nguyen V. Hue, Robert E. Paull. 2012. Biochemical properties of compost tea associated with compost quality and effects on pak choi growth. Scientia Horticulturae 148: 138-146.
  • Wu J, Wang Z, Shi Z, Zhang S, Ming R, Zhu S, Khan MA, Tao S, Korban SS, Wang H, Chen NJ, Nishio T, Xu X, Cong L, Qi K, Huang X, Wang Y, Zhao X, Wu J, Deng C, Gou C, Zhou W, Yin H, Qin G, Sha Y, Tao Y, Chen H, Yang Y, Song Y, Zhan D, Wang J, Li L, Dai M, Gu C, Wang Y, Shi D, Wang X, Zhang H, Zeng L, Zheng D, Wang C, Chen M, Wang G, Xie L, Sovero V, Sha S, Huang W, Zhang S, Zhang M, Sun J, Xu L, Li Y, Liu X, Li Q, Shen J, Wang J, Paull RE, Bennetzen JL, Wang J, Zhang S (2012). The genome of pear (Pyrus bretschneideri Rehd.). Genome Research 23: 396-408
  • Radovich, Theodore J.K., Archana Pant, Ian Gurr, Ngyuen V. Hue, Jari Sugano, Brent Sipes, Norman Arancon, Clyde Tamaru, Bradley K. Fox, Kent D. Kobayashi, and Robert Paull. 2012. Innovative Use of Locally Produced Inputs to Improve Plant Growth, Crop Quality, and Grower Profitability in Hawai’i. HortTechnology 22: 738-742.
  • J. Jesus Iniestra-Gonzaleza, Gisela Jareth Lino-Lopezb, Robert E. Paull, Ana Paulina Barba de la Rosad, N. Alejandra Mancilla-Margallie, J. Adriana Saunudo-Barajasf, Vrani Ibarra-Junqueraa, Nancy J. Chen, Miguel Angel Hernandez-Velascob,1, Juan Alberto Osuna-Castro. 2013. Papaya endoxylanase biochemical characterization and isoforms expressed during fruit ripening. Postharvest Biology and Technology 81: 13–22
  • Robert E. Paull, Andrew Carroll & Nancy Jung Chen. 2013. Lotus Cell Walls and the Genes Involved in its Synthesis and Modification. Tropical Plant Biology 6: 152–160.
  • List of publications (PDF)