Donald Briskin


Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
389 National Soybean Research Center MC-637


B.S. University of Southern California, 1977
Ph.D., University of California at Riverside, 1981


HORT 180, Medicinal Plants and Herbology
IB 420, Plant Physiology
HORT 466, Growth and Development of Horticultural Plants
HORT 588, Plant Biochemistry
NUTR 510, Biochemistry of Medicinal Plants


My research interests focus on medicinal plants and in particular, the role of the growth environment in determining the levels of medicinal chemical production by plants. My projects have focused on several psychotropic medicinal plants including St. Johns Wort (Hypericum perforatum L.) and Kava (Piper methysticum). We are also examining how the growth environment of garlic (Allium sativa) influences the levels of sulfurous compounds generated in the bulb of this plant. These compounds have an important role in the beneficial effects of garlic in decreasing both blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels.


Satchivi NM, Stoller EW, Wax LM, Briskin DP (2006) A non-linear, dynamic simulation model for xenobiotic transport and whole plant allocation following foliar application. IV Structural requirements for optimum absorption and translocation. Pesticide Biochem Physiol 84: 83-97


Briskin DP. (2004) Secondary metabolites as phytomedicines. Encyclopedia of Plant and Crop Sciences, Marcel-Dekker, New York, pp. 341-345.


Briskin DP, Kobayashi H, Lila MA and MC Gawienowski (2004) Kava (Piper methysticum): Growth in tissue culture and in vitro production of kavapyrones. In: L.Dyer, ed., PIPER., A Model Genus for Studies of Chemistry, Ecology and Evolution, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishing, New York, pp. 140-155