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Shuyang Zhen places 2nd in college graduate student competition

Shuyang collecting data in the greenhouse.

Shuyang Zhen, a PhD candidate in Marc van Iersel’s Horticultural Physiology lab, represented the department in the PhD part of the annual college graduate student competition. The Broadus Browne competition is held in honor of the former Director of the Georgia Agricultural Experiment Station. Participants in the competition are judged based on a paper and oral presentation. The awards are presented to the outstanding MS and PhD students in the College, based on both their research and effective communication. Shuyang presented her innovative research on the importance of far-red light for photosynthesis Her presentation was titled “Improving the Efficiency of Photosynthetic Lighting for Crop Production with Far-red LEDs”. Congratulations to Shuyang! (more…)

Recent Horticulture Department Graduate Making News!

George GrUntitled-1ant, former Hort Club President whom recently graduated from our department, is now engaged in a graduate degree program at The University of Florida.  He recenPoinsettia tour President Fuchtly was featured in the news because of his work there. George was selected to represent  the poinsettia production facility and the floriculture program at Florida and give the new UF president a tour of the facility. George is a graduate student under Dr. Paul Fisher and is involved with the operations of the well known UF poinsettia trials program.  Of course, we know where he learned how to grow great poinsettias!  Always great to see our former students doing well. Good job George!

Dr. John Ruter Presents Tea-Oil Research In China


Dr. Ruter and his graduate student Zhitong Li spent the week of Oct. 10-18, 2015 visiting gardens and institutions in China for his ornamental breeding and tea-oil projects. While there Dr. Ruter gave a presentation at the Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden on “Ornamental Breeding and Evaluation Programs at the University of Georgia” and two presentations at the Central South University of Forestry and Technology in Hunan Province and the Subtropical Forestry Research Institute in Zhejiang Province entitled “Development of tea-oil camellia as a new crop for the United States”. While there they also spent time visiting with faculty, staff, and growers to get the latest information on tea-oil production in China.


Dr. Harry Mills Published 4th Edition!

drmillsDr. Harry Mills, retired professor from our department has just published the 4th edition of his Plant Analysis Handbook.  This is an extremely useful reference that provides the nutritional norms for most horticultural crop foliage.  It is the industry standard in most sub-fields of horticulture.  For more information, please click on the PDF File attached.



PAH E book IV pdf

UGA Alum, Charlie McKenzie ’13 Featured on FloraDaily.Com

biobest3Mr. Charles McKenzie has recent been featured on the web site  Charlie had an article he published on greenhouse Biocontrol at Tagawa Enterprises, where he manages the biocontrol program.  Here is a link for interested readers to learn about biocontrol:   Charlie will be coming to the UGA campus to interview students interested in becoming a professional grower, and will be speaking about plug production to our Hort 4050 Greenhouse Management Class.  Nice to see our alumni sharing their knowledge and publishing!

Alumna Alexandria Berkowitz, Vice President for Customer Service – Colorburst!

0918151531asmallHappy news from UGA Horticulture Department alumna Alexandria Berkowitz.  Alexandria (Alex) currently serves as Vice President for Customer Service at the award-winning Atlanta landscape firm, Colorburst.  In her management position, she is often the point person for  sales referrals, customer education and problem solving.  Alex used her horticulture training, and her high level of motivation, to rise to a significant administrative position since graduating from UGA in 2010.  Alex is living proof that Horticulture majors that are diligent and motivated do very well in the real world.  Alex is also officially engaged to Chris Mote, whom works at Gormet Foods International. Alex and Chris have scheduled a wedding day this Fall.  Congratulations Alex!  Go Dawgs!

Matt McCarty Accepts Position at Tagawa Enterprises, Colorado

CAM004381Matt McCarty, a recent Horticulture Department Alumn, has taken a big step up and has accepted a career position with Tagawa Enterprises, in Brighton, Colorado. Matt is now a range grower and will be undertaking significant training at Tagawa in plug production. Plugs are one of the most demanding crops one can grow ina greenhouse. Matt took our greenhouses courses, did his Hort Internship at Heartland Growers in Indiana, and then worked a year at the awesome Metrolina Greenhouse Facility in North Carolina. We are very appreciative to these three companies for the training, support and opportunity they have given Matt and other students from our program! 

Alumna Anna Paulk Lands Job at Virginia Tech!

FullSizeRenderHorticulture Department Alumna Anna Paulk has accepted a position at Virginia Tech, working as a research assistant for Dr. Jim Owens at the Hampton Roads Research and Extension Center in Virginia Beach, VA.  Dr. Owens is an Assistant Professor in Nursery Crops who has a focus on Agricultural Profitability and Environmental Sustainability in the Green Industry. Anna is working on several projects supporting the Owens lab efforts. Anna Paulk has previously been an Americorp volunteer and has worked as a community garden program manager in Philadelphia.  Horticulture careers are never boring!

Graduate Student TC Jayalath, Wins Grant for Organic Lettuce Research

Theekshana (TC) Jayalath, a graduate student in the UGA Horticulture Department, recently received a grant from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (S-SARE) program. The $11,000 award will help fund his research project entitled, “Evaluation of High Tunnel Systems for Spring Organic Lettuce Production in Georgia”. His project was 1 of 13 graduate student grants awarded by the S-SARE Administrative Council and the only one representing Georgia this year. TC is excited to continue to investigate regional production issues as well as consumer preferences for this important and delicious crop!

TC Jayalath collects data from high tunnel lettuce grown at the UGA Horticulture Research Farm in Watkinsville, GA.

Alumni Continue to Find Great Jobs in Horticulture

photoOur horticulture majors and minors continue to get jobs and do well.  Congratulations to Alumna Sarina Barich, a 2009 graduate of our department, and Savannah Lazarus, a 2014 graduate with a Hort Minor whom are both starting new jobs this month.  Sarina has been hired by the Davis Floral Company as a Production Coordinator, and Savannah has been hired as a new Grower.  Sarina comes to Davis with a few years of production experience with a local greenhouse operation and has put to use all the skills she learned in our Greenhouse Management class.  Go Dawgs!