UGA Horticulture Department

Dr. Cain Hickey Recognized by National Industry.

 

Congratulations are in order for our colleague Dr. Cain Hickey, who has been selected by a panel of industry experts as a member of the Fruit + Vegetable 40 Under 40 Class of 2019! Cain is our Extension Viticulture Specialist. This honor is reserved exclusively for outstanding young industry professionals who are demonstrating exceptional commitment to making their mark in the industry through innovation and leadership. Cain will be featured, along with the rest of the Class of 2019, in the October 2019 issues of Fruit Growers News and Vegetable Growers News. He will also be honored at an event during the 2019 Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO in December. Congratulations colleague on this distinguished honor!

Horticulture Extension Specialists Reciece Innovation Grant Awards.

Two University of Georgia Extension Specialists in the Department of Horticulture have been selected to receive Extension Innovation Grants.  These grants are established to promote unique and innovative Extension research for projects that need seed funding to get them started,  or have a very specific focus that may not be covered under other outside granting agencies.  Dr. Cain Hickey, Extension Viticulture Specialist’s project is titled “Establishment of a Chardonel and Chambourcin vineyard for performance of own-roots and rootstocks in a region conducive to Pierce’s disease infection and vine death.”  Dr. Bodie Pennisi’s project is titled “Putting the P’s in IPM: Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management Hands-on.”  Well done colleagues!

 

 

 

Marc van Iersel named UGA’s 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year

Dr. Marc van Iersel

The University of Georgia Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes a faculty member who has started a company based on research originated at UGA. Marc van Iersel was named the 2019 winner of this prestigious award. Marc van Iersel is the Vincent J. Dooley Professor of Horticulture in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and has spent more than 20 years supporting the horticulture industry through his research examining crop physiology and smart greenhouse production systems. A pioneer in optimizing controlled environment agriculture, van Iersel was elected as a fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science in 2018, recognizing his lifetime contributions to the horticulture industry. In 2017, he and colleague Erico Mattos co-founded Candidus Inc., a UGA agtech startup that is delivering customized lighting solutions for greenhouse agriculture, maximizing plant growth while minimizing electricity costs. Candidus’ novel technology creates predictability for growers by providing consistent lighting, which yields stronger, healthier plants. In addition to his role as CTO of Candidus, van Iersel served as mentor and advisor of UGA startup Reservoir LLC, a wireless irrigation company with a patent-pending sensor designed to improve irrigation efficiency.

Hort Professor’s Work Featured on Cover of HortScience

Congratulations to Dr. John Ruter, our Armitage Endowed Professor and Director of the UGA Trial Gardens.   Dr. John Ruter’s research has been recently featured on the cover of HortScience, a journal of the American Society for Hort Science. The research involves the Formosan Sweetgum, Liquidambar formosana. Dr. Ruter and his graduate student, Kaitlin Barrios published this paper about the selection ‘Formosan Gold’ which as an outstanding cultivar trialed in Tifton, GA. Here is a link to the publication:

http://hortsci.ashspublications.org/content/53/10/1520.full.html?ijkey=IBxr7UlgrKilNkx&keytype=ref

 

Marc van Iersel named Fellow of ASHS

Dr. Marc van Iersel, Dooley Professor of Horticulture, was named a Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science at the 2018 annual conference in Washington, DC. Election as a Fellow of the society is the highest honor that ASHS can bestow on its members, in recognition of truly outstanding contributions to horticulture and the Society. Marc van Iersel was recognized for his groundbreaking research in applied plant physiology and controlled environment agriculture. His research achievements are reflected in a prolific publication record, with more than 120 peer-reviewed scientific publications. Dr. van Iersel combines his passions for plant science with a genuine desire to mentor students, having served as a major advisor to two dozen graduate students. His consistent and broad-reaching service to ASHS demonstrates his commitment to the mission of the Society. Dr. van Iersel has been recognized several times for his impactful research, as well as his influence on students.

Horticulture Graduate Students Receive Research Awards

Congratulations to UGA Hort students Geoffrey Weaver, Connor Ryan and Kaitlin Barrios whom took 3 out of the 5 competition awards during the Bryson James Student Research Competition. Here is the press release from Nursery Management magazine:

Atlanta, Ga. – Five students from two universities were presented cash awards totaling $1,800 for their presentations at the Bryson L. James Student Competition. The competition took place during the 62nd SNA Research Conference, and the awards were presented on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Md.

The competition, sponsored by Bennett’s Creek Wholesale Nursery and Lancaster Farms, is named in honor of Dr. Bryson L. James, McMinnville, Tenn., a researcher and consultant who served as SNA Director of Research for more than 30 years. Any student of a university or college having researchers that participate in the Southern Nursery Association Research Conference and not more than a one academic year has passed since their graduation and whose research was completed prior to graduation can participate in the competition. Judging is based on paper preparation and oral presentation. The competition is divided into three categories of Ph.D., M.S., and B.S.

First place winners of $500 each included:
Geoffrey Weaver, University of Georgia (Ph.D.)
Title: Modeling energy-efficient lighting strategies for petunia and impatiens using chlorophyll fluorescence and historical weather data

Connor Ryan, University of Georgia (M.S.)
Title: Susceptability of Sarcococca Taxa to Boxwood Blight Caused by Calonextria pseudonaviculata

Second place winners of $300 each included:
Md Niamul Kibir, Tennessee State University (Ph.D.)
Title: Effect of fungicides and biorational products on Phytophthora root rot of hydrangea cultivars

Matthew Brown, Tennessee State University (M.S.)
Title: Evaluation of fungicides and biofungicides for control of Phytophthora cinnamomi on flood-stressed flowering dogwoods

Third place winners of $200 each included:
Kaitlin Barrios, University of Georgia (Ph.D.)
Title: Mutagenesis of Illicium parviflorum for Novel Phenotypes

In addition to the cash awards for excellence in written and oral presentations for their respective research projects, each student was presented with a plaque.

Outstanding representation Hort Dawgs!

Photo courtesy SNA. 2018 Bryson L. James Student Competition Awards Winners pictured from left to right: Geoffrey Weaver, Md Niamul Kibir, Kaitlin Barrios, Connor Ryan, and Matthew Brown

Hort Faculty Receive Publication Awards from SR-ASHS

 

Congratulations  are in order for eight of our faculty for being awarded a total of five outstanding Extension publication awards they authored and published in 2017.  The recognitions were presented at the Southern Region meeting of the American Society for Horticultural Science.  Dr. Tim Coolong, Dr. George Boyhan, Dr. Susanne Stone, Dr. Pam Knox, Dr. Erick Smith, and Dr. Bodie Pennisi each received one award and Dr. Matthew Chappell received two Extension Blue Ribbon Awards!  Dr. Bodie Pennisi was voted In as President Elect for the 2019 SR-ASHS Presidency also. The annual meeting this year was held in Jacksonville Florida.  UGA swept five publication categories this year and will have a Hort faculty member as President. Well done colleagues!

Van Iersel Awarded the 2018 Porter Henegar Memorial Award by SNA Board

Dr. Marc van Iersel, Professor, University of Georgia, Athens Campus, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Porter Henegar Memorial Award!!!

Marc van Iersel was born in the Netherlands and exposed to horticulture at a young age, playing in his grandfather’s flower shop and greenhouses. He studied horticulture in the Netherlands, where he received his MS degree in 1989. He then came to the US and received his PhD from the University of Arkansas in 1994. He has been with horticulture department of the University of Geor­gia since 1995, where he now holds the Dooley professorship.

His current research focuses on cost-effective supplemental lighting technologies in greenhouses and vertical farms. He does so by studying plant physiological responses to different light intensities and spectra. The goal is to develop crop-specific, cost-effective lighting protocols. Past research focused on efficient irrigation and fertilization in the production of ornamental plants. He has pub­lished 120+ scientific papers and has given invited lectures about his research around the world, including in Italy, Spain, Taiwan, Kenya, Canada, Chile, and Brazil.

In 1969, an Award of Merit was created to honor those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to ornamental horticultural research and, more specifically, to SNA. In 1972, the SNA Board of Directors resolved that the Award of Merit would be renamed the Porter Henegar Memorial Award for Horticultural Research in memory of the late Porter Henegar, Past Executive Secretary of SNA (1959 – 1972), to commemorate his years of tireless effort and service to the SNA. The recipient is selected annually by fellow research workers for his/her concern and work toward improving the nursery industry

The SNA Board of Directors also honors individuals that have served this association and the nursery industry in various capacities throughout the years and have made outstanding contributions during their active participation in the Southern Nursery Association with honorary membership awards. This year, one deserving industry member has been selected to receive an SNA Honorary Member Award. He has, no doubt, made outstanding contributions to the association and the

indus­try during his participation in the Southern Nursery Association.

Congratulations Dr. van Iersel!

 

Horticulture Department Head Position Announced

Professor and Department Head, Horticulture Position Announced.

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences seeks candidates for the position of professor and head of the Department of Horticulture. This is a 12-month, tenure-track position. The successful candidate will be expected to administer and coordinate high-quality teaching, research and Extension programs while playing a proactive role in increasing extramural support for these programs. Specific responsibilities include faculty recruitment, management and leadership; student recruitment; faculty performance evaluations; the coordination of promotion and tenure procedures; program planning and implementation; budget management; and management of physical facilities, including both laboratory and field facilities. The individual will also work effectively with faculty, representing the department among university and agency administrators, industry clientele, and state and federal personnel. The department head (or their designee) has oversight over field units supporting research, teaching and outreach.

Minimum Qualifications
• A doctorate in horticulture, plant biology or related
biological sciences, with demonstrated excellence in
teaching, research and/or extension.
• The successful applicant must qualify for the rank
of professor.
Preferred Qualifications
• Higher education administrative experience.
• Evidence of creative and innovative leadership.
• Demonstrated success in procuring extramural funding.
• Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and students.
• A demonstrated commitment to diversity.

Applications
Applications received by February 1, 2018, will be assured
full consideration; however, screening will continue until the
position is filled. Applicants should submit documentation
electronically at facultyjobs.uga.edu/postings/3253.
To apply, submit: (1) a formal letter stating the applicant’s
qualifications for the position and a statement of leadership
philosophy; (2) a current resume that includes a list of
publications; and (3) a list of four references with contact
information including email addresses. References will
not be contacted without further communication with the
applicant. Salary is commensurate with qualifications, and a
comprehensive benefits package is included.
The Department of Horticulture
Research, teaching and Extension faculty (32), students
(30 graduate, 61 undergraduate and 21 organic agriculture
certificate program) and staff (45) are located on the
Athens, Tifton and Griffin campuses. Through research and
Extension, the department supports Georgia’s large and
diverse horticulture industry, which has a farmgate value of
$1.4 billion. Departmental programs include plant breeding,
genetics and genomics; plant physiology; postharvest biology;
plant production management; resource management; and
native plant conservation. Faculty members work on a vast
array of fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, herbs, medicinal
plants, endangered native species and row crops.
Outstanding graduate programs leading to either master’s or
doctoral degrees are supported by a large graduate faculty
with diverse research programs and broad disciplinary
expertise. The department hosts a large Extension program
focused on applied research to address the needs of farmers
and the public in Georgia and worldwide.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin,
sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status.

Here is the link to the Application Site…    https://facultyjobs.uga.edu/postings/3253

JOB PROSPECTUS: PROFESSOR AND
DEPARTMENT HEAD, HORTICULTURE
For more information, visit caes.uga.edu/departments/horticulture.html.
Nominations are encouraged and accepted. All nominations and inquiries should be directed to Search Committee
Chair and Department of Entomology Head Kris Braman at kbraman@uga.edu or (706) 542-2816.

 

Marc van Iersel named Dooley Professor

Dr. Marc van Iersel, the new Dooley professor

Marc van Iersel has been named the ‘Dooley Professor’ in the Department of Horticulture. The Vincent J. Dooley professorship was established by the UGA athletic foundation in honor of former UGA football coach and athletic director Vince ‘Coach’ Dooley. Coach Dooley is an avid gardener and supporter of the horticulture department. This endowed chair is awarded to a faculty member with ‘an outstanding national reputation in the area of Ornamental Horticulture’. Dr. Marc van Iersel is excited to receive this honor. The funds associated with this endowed position will be used to strengthen his research into optimal lighting strategies in greenhouses and vertical farms and to enrich the experience of the graduate students who work in his research group.