Dr. Bodie Pennisi, Professor of Horticulture in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has been awarded a 2019-2020 Public Service and Outreach Fellowship. Bodie is stationed at the Griffin campus and is heavily involved in the landscape industry and urban pollinator work. Her fellowship revolves around an approved project that was competitive and reviewed by the committee that selects PSO fellowships. Her project is titled “Empowering the New Landscape Entrepreneur: Increasing Business Training and Peer Engagement.” We congratulate Dr. Pennisi on this outstanding recognition!
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Congratulations to Graduate Student Mary Lewis (M.S., Fall 2019) who was notified on March 27 that she finished First in the CAES Broadus Browne Research Competition in the Masters Level Division. This is a very competitive competition open to all students in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Her research involves development of interspecific hybrids of Asclepias spp. (Milkweed) as well as developing propagation and production protocols for the taxa.
But Mary wasn’t done with her accolades! On April 3, she was notified that she had been awarded the 2019 Paul Ecke Jr. Award sponsored by the Ecke family through the American Floral Endowment. This is a huge National honor, and comes with a $10,000.00, two-year scholarship. Mary was recruited to UGA by Dr. Tim Smalley, our current interim chair and undergraduate advisor, mentored as an undergraduate by Dr. Paul Thomas, and blossomed into a fine young scientist under Dr. Matthew Chappell, her graduate advisor. Paul Ecke Jr. was a huge influence in the floriculture industry and fostered the development of the industry via providing funding, mentoring and friendship. Even after his passing, Paul Ecke Jr. is still shepherding young floriculturists. We are grateful for the Ecke Family for their support of young scientists, for The American Floral Endowment for managing the program so effectively, and for Mary and her diligent work that earned her this scholarship and makes our department and all our Hort Dawgs look good!
A number of graduate students from the Department of Horticulture presented their research at the annual Southern Region American Society for Horticultural Sciences meeting in Birmingham, AL this past weekend.
Mary Lewis was awarded 3rd place in the Norman F. Childers M.S. Graduate Student Paper competition for her presentation entitled “Assessing Hybridization Compatibility within and Among Asclepias spp.”
Jorge Reyes was awarded 3rd place in the Warren S. Barham Ph.D Graduate Student Paper Competition for this presentation entitled “Detection of the Gummy Stem Blight-Causing Pathogens (Stagonosporopsis spp.) in Watermelon Using Species-Specific LAMP Assays.”
Congratulation to Mary and Jorge, and all the participants.
The Southeastern Regional New Grape Grower’s Conference will be held in Athens, GA on December 11, and again in Asheville, NC on December 12.
The Southeastern Regional New Grape Grower’s Conference is a collaborative effort between the University of Georgia, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina State University. Personnel from those universities and industry members from the Georgia and North Carolina will give presentations at both locations.
The conference is intended to provide prospective and new vineyard and winery owners with basic considerations for starting up vineyards and wineries and to introduce the fundamentals of grape growing.
For more information, conference agenda, and registration:
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UGA Horticulture student Miss Kimberly Cooper was recently awarded the first Oelschig Family Floriculture Scholarship! The Oelschig family nursery and greenhouses in Savannah were established in 1882, making them the oldest nursery in the Southeast. Our former student, Kurt Oelschig is an Alum with an M.S. in Ag Economics from UGA, and took over the family business from his father George in the early 2000’s. The family has established this scholarship to support students with high achievement in the areas of greenhouse and floriculture. Kim was selected by the faculty for her leadership (Pax President), her great academic record and her 6 month internship at Green Circle Growers. Kim will receive a check for $1200.00 to support her senior year at UGA. Congratulations Kim! Its wonderful to see our industry leaders and former students contributing to the next generation of horticulture professionals. Go Hort Dawgs!!!
We are very happy to announce that our very own Ruqayah Bhuiyan has been chosen to receive the National Proven Winners Grower Excellence Scholarship!!! This $5,000 scholarship is extremely competitive and was established by the Proven Winners Corporation to recognize the very best students in the floriculture industry! Ruqayah is the third UGA Hort Dept Student to receive this award over the last ten years! Well done Ruqayah! Many thanks to the Proven Winners Team for supporting our industry’s young professionals! Hort Dawgs bring it home!!!
Congratulations are in order for two UGA students in the Horticulture Department! Miss Mary E. Lewis (M.S. Student) has been awarded a $1500.00 Robert Van Landingham Graduate Scholarship by the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Foundation, and Miss Ruqayah Bhiuyan, a Senior in our department has been awarded a $1500.00 Undergraduate Scholarship by the Sidney B. Meadows Foundation! Many thanks to the regions nurserymen whom established and funded the foundation over the years! Well done students!
We would like to welcome Dr. Andre Luiz Biscaia Ribeiro da Silva (firstname.lastname@example.org) to our department. He is based in Tifton and will be providing extension and research support to the vegetable industry. He obtained a Bachelor in Agronomy and a Master of Sciences in Agronomy with a major in vegetable production from the State University of Maringa, Brazil. After obtaining a Ph.D. in the Horticultural Sciences Department of the University of Florida, he comes to UGA from a post-doctoral research position at the University of Florida where he conducted research on the development of new best management practices for irrigation and fertilization of various crops. He has used his knowledge of different irrigation methods, fertilizer management, and crop modeling to address crop production issues of potato, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, tomato, dry beans, corn and soybeans. We are pleased to welcome Andre and his family to our community.
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.
Flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, and workers and volunteers are pruning, watering and collecting data on annuals and perennials at the Trial Gardens at UGA. The garden will host their annual public open house on Saturday, July 21 from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. “It’s a plant party,” says garden manager Brandon Coker.
Although the garden is open to the public every day of the year, the public open house gives friends and fans a special opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the garden and have their plant or garden questions answered by Coker and Dr. John Ruter, garden director, plant breeder, and author.
The garden is home to the newest varieties of plants from breeders across the country. The plants are being trialed for their ability to withstand the unpredictable, hot, and humid summertime climate of the southeast. Visitors can check out new varieties of annuals and perennials like hibiscus, ornamental peppers, Calibrachoas, and hundreds of other plants. This summer, the garden has over 350 plants on trial and countless perennials from growers across the country.
The event is open to anyone from avid gardeners to people who simply enjoy strolling through a colorful and lush garden. “Some may have been gardeners for 50 years, some may have started gardening this past spring. But either way, it’s a good opportunity for gardeners to come mingle and learn more about the newest varieties,” says Coker.
The open house is pet and kid friendly, so bring the whole family for a day in the garden. Hokulia shave ice will have a tent set up for visitors to grab a cool treat while they peruse the garden. A $5 donation is suggested to help keep the garden maintained.
For more information, contact Brandon Coker email@example.com
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