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Section Board for 'Horticultural and Floricultural Crops' (57)

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Prof. Dr. Nikos Tzortzakis
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Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology and Food Science, Cyprus University of Technology, 3036 Limassol, Cyprus
Interests: vegetable production; plant nutrition; soilless culture; substrates and hydroponics; abiotic stress; postharvest and quality of fresh produce; edible flowers; bioactive compounds; medicinal and aromatic plants
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Dr. Anastasios Darras

Assistant Professor-Director of Floriculture Laboratory, Department of Agriculture, University of Peloponnese, Kalamata 24100, Greece
Interests: postharvest Physiology of cut flowers
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Dr. Christine E.H. Coker
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Coastal Research and Extension Center, Mississippi State University, 1815 Popps Ferry Road, Biloxi, MS 39532, USA
Interests: urban horticulutre; high tunnelproduction; vegetable crops; green roofs; cut flower production; sustainable cultural practices
Prof. Dr. Alain Deloire
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Department of Biology and Ecology, University of Montpellier, L’institut Agro (SupAgro), 2 place Pierre Viala, 34060 Montpellier, France; Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650, Australia
Interests: grapevine ecophysiology; viticulture; berry development and composition; abiotic factors
Prof. Dr. Salvatore Camposeo
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Department of Agricultural and Environmental Science, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Via Amendola 165/A, 70126 Bari, Italy
Interests: fruit quality; horticulture; irrigation; phenolic compounds; plant physiology; agriculture; soil; wastewater; antioxidant activity; polyphenols
Prof. Dr. Gerardo Fernández Barbero
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Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, IVAGRO, University of Cadiz, 11510 Puerto Real, Cádiz, Spain
Interests: chemometrics; fire investigation; headspace-mass spectrometry electronic nose; ignitable liquids; petroleum-based products; volatile organic compounds; food adulteration; ion mobility spectroscopy; forensic chemistry; food analysis; analytical chemistry; hplc; gc; uhplc; ms; extraction techniques
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Prof. Dr. José Casanova Gascón
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Departamento de Ciencias Agrarias y del Medio Natural, EPS, Universidad de Zaragoza, Carretera de Cuarte, s/n, 22071 Huesca, Spain
Interests: fruit farming; viticulture; oliveculture; orchard management; sustainable agriculture
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Dr. David Uriarte Hernandez
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Department of Horticulture, Centre for Research and Technological Development of Extremadura (CICYTEX), Badajoz, Spain
Interests: agriculture; irrigation and water relationships; crop management; viticulture
Dr. Alberto San Bautista

Departamento de Producción Vegetal, Universitat Politècnica de València, Camino de Vera 14, 46020 Valencia, Spain
Interests: vegetables production; greenhouses crops; soilless culture; plant nutrition; abiotic stresses; physiological disorder; vegetable grafting; hydroponic nutrient solution; nutrient uptake; germination; vegetable and fruit quality; water requirements; evapotranspiration; water quality and irrigation; cropping system; soil fertility; agronomy
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Dr. José Iñaki Hormaza
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Subtropical Fruit Crops Department, Instituto de Hortofruticultura Subtropical y Mediterránea ‘la Mayora’, (IHSM la Mayora -CSIC-UMA), 29750, Algarrobo-Costa, Málaga, Spain
Interests: diversity in subtropical (cherimoya, avocado, mango, litchi, longan) and temperate fruit crops using molecular and phenotypic markers
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Dr. Giovanni Iapichino
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Department of Agricultural, Alimentary and Forest Sciences (SAAF), University of Palermo, Italy
Interests: floricultural crops production; propagation of ornamental plants; in vitro tissue culture; micropropagation, vegetable crops and grafting
Dr. Sridevi Nakka
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Heartland Plant Innovations, Manhattan, KS, 66503, United States
Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, United States
Interests: Interested in plant molecular biology in general and have passion to carry out experiments both fundamental and applied area of weed science and crop breeding and genetics
Prof. Dr. Carlo Andreotti
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Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Piazza Università, 5-39100 Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Interests: efficient use of water resources in vineyard; canopy management techniques to control berry ripening dynamic in grapevine; use of natural biostimulants to enhance performances and sustainability of fruit crops
Dr. Alessandro Miceli
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Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences, University of Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, Ed. 5 90128 Palermo, Italy
Interests: crop eco-physiology; plant hormones; protected cultivation; hydroponics; mineral nutrition of vegetable crops; plant growth-promoting microorganisms; abiotic stresses; postharvest; vegetable quality; hygienic safety of vegetables
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Dr. Ioannis S. Minas
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Deparment of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, Colorado State University, 1173 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1173, USA
Interests: fruit science; orchard management; training systems; rootstocks; cold hardiness; postharvest biology and technology; fruit quality optimization; non-destructive fruit quality assessment; metabolomics; proteomics; peach, apple, cherry, kiwifruit and plum physiology
Dr. Georgia Ntatsi
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Laboratory of Vegetable Production, Department of Crop Science, Agricultural University of Athens, Iera Odos 75, 11855 Athens, Greece
Interests: vegetable production; hydroponics; plant nutrition; plant physiology; abiotic stress; fruit quality; biofortification; nitrogen fixation; phytohormones; plant metabolism
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Dr. Juan Jose Rios

Aquaporin group, Plant Nutrition Department, Centro de Edafologia y Biologia Aplicada del Segura (CEBAS-CSIC), Murcia, Spain
Interests: biofortification; plant nutrition; abiotic stress, fertilizers, homeostasis; secondary metabolism
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Prof. Dr. Juan A. Fernández
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Department of Agricultural Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, 20203 Cartagena, Spain
Interests: vegetable crops; protected cultivation; cultivation techniques; soilless culture; vegetable grafting; plant genetic resources; abiotic stress
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Prof. Daniela Romano
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Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, 95124 Catania CT, Italy
Interests: ornamental plants; abiotic stresses; antioxidant enzymes; biodiversity; product quality; germination; light response; postharvest
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Dr. Leo Sabatino
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Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences, University of Palermo, 90128 Palermo, Italy
Interests: vegetable crops production; herbaceous grafting; soilless vegetables production; nutritional and nutraceutical vegetable fruit quality linked to cultivation condition and practices; biofortification of leafy and fruiting vegetable crops, propagation of ornamental plants
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Dr. Ferdinando Branca
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Dipartimento di Agricoltura, Alimentazione e Ambiente (Di3A),University of Catania, Via Valdisavoia 5, 95123 Catania, Italy
Interests: vegetable, aromatic, and medicinal plant diversity; crop domestication and evolution; agronomic, organoleptic, nutraceutical, and technological traits; miRNAs; healthy and super foods.
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Dr. Mercedes Del Río Celestino
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Agri-food Laboratory. (CAPDER), Avda Menéndez Pidal, s/n 14080 Córdoba, Spain
Interests: food science; health; food processing; ready-to eat-vegetable
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Dr. Encarnación Ortega Pastor
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Plant Breeding Department, CEBAS-CSIC, Campus Universitario de Espinardo,30100 Murcia, SPAIN
Interests: reproductive biology; pollen-pistil interactions; gametophytic self-incompatibility; fruit tree species; Prunus sp.
Prof. Dr. Luca Espen
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Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - Production, Landscape, Agroenergy, Università degli Studi di Milano, via Celoria n.2, Milano 20133, Italy
Interests: plant biochemistry and physiology; fruit ripening; plant mineral nutrition; abiotic stress; plant proteomics
Dr. Vincenzo Candido
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School of Agricultural, Forest, Food and Environmental Sciences–UNIBAS, Viale dell’Ateneo Lucano 10, 85100 Potenza, Italy
Interests: Plants, vegetable crops, floriculure, protected cultivations
Dr. Kirsten Brandt
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Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Interests: Plant phytochemicals; benefits of vegetables for human health; bioactive secondary metabolites; flavour-nutrient learning for micronutrients; effects of plant nutrient supply on plant food composition
Dr. Susanna Bartolini
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Institute of Life Sciences, Scuola Superiore S. Anna di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento, Piazza Martiri della Libertà, 33 - 56127 Pisa, Italy
Interests: fruit crops; floral and fruiting biology of fruit species; fruit quality; abiotic stresses
Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Savvas
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Department of Crop Science, Agricultural University of Athens, Iera Odos 75, 11855 Athens, Greece
Interests: vegetable production; hydroponics; plant nutrition; greenhouse crops; greenhouse environment; irrigation water; legumes
Prof. Valentina Scariot
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Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences, University of Torino, Italy
Interests: floriculture; ornamental plants; medicinal and aromatic plants; soilless cultivation; biostimulants; nursery management; stress physiology; ornamental quality; postharvest physiology and techniques; phytochemicals.
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Prof. Dr. Bruce Schaffer
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Tropical Research & Education Center, University of Florida, 18905 SW 280th Street, Homestead, FL, 33031-3314, USA
Interests: ecophysiology of tropical horticultural and forest tree crops; leaf gas exchange; abiotic plant stress
Prof. Dr. Julián Cuevas González
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Department of Agronomy, University of Almería, ceiA3, La Cañada de San Urbano s/n, 04120, Almería, Spain
Interests: fruit crops and vegetable production; plant environmental stress physiology; irrigation; photosynthesis;plant physiology;drought; horticulture
Dr. Sara Serra
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Department Of Horticulture, Washington State University – TFREC, Wenatchee, WA, 98801-1230, USA
Interests: apple; pear; fruit quality; dry matter; flower biology and pollination; training systems; rootstocks; crop load; tree fruit physiology; photoselective netting; salt stress
Dr. Mukund R. Shukla
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Gosling Research Institute for Plant Preservation, Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph, 50 Stone Rd E,EC Bovey Bldg, Room 4221, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1, Canada
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Dr. Francesco Spinelli
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Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences (DISTAL), Alma Mater Studiorum -University of Bologna, viale Fanin 46, 40127 Bologna, Italy
Interests: fruit tree physiology; plant-microbe interactions; fruit quality; volatile organic compounds
Dr. Noam Alkan
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Department of Postharvest Science, Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center, P.O.B 15159, HaMaccabim Road 68, Rishon LeZion 7505101, Israel
Interests: postharvest pathologist; fungal-pathogens; chilling; host-pathogen interaction; fruit microbiome
Dr. Pasquale Losciale
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Department of Soil, Plant, and Food Sciences, University of Bari “Aldo Moro” | UNIBA, Via Amendola 165/A, 70126 Bari, Italy
Interests: leaf functioning; water relations; abiotic stresses; photo-protection; plan-based indices; fruit growth; bio-diversity; temperate fruit trees
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Dr. Brunella Morandi
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Department of Agri-Food Sciences and Technologies, University of Bologna | UNIBO, Viale Fanin 44, 40127 Bologna, Italy
Interests: irrigation; source-sink relationship; fruit growth; fruit tree ecophysiology; water relation; fruit quality
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Prof. Dr. Byoung Ryong Jeong
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Department of Horticulture, Division of Applied Life Science, Graduate School, Gyeongsang National University (GNU), Jinju 52828, Korea
Interests: floriculture; transplants (micropropagated & plug); silicon in horticulture; plant factory; protected horticulture; hydroponics
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Prof. Dr. Francesco Orsini
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DISTAL, Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences Alma Mater Studiorum, Bologna University,Viale Fanin 44, Bologna, Italy
Interests: vegetable crops; vertical farming; rooftop farms; hydroponics; greenhouse crop management
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Prof. Dr. Rina Kamenetsky Goldstein
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Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, P.O.Box 6, Bet Dagan 50250, Israel
Interests: ornamental crops; flower bulbs; geophytes; garlic; flowering; morphogenesis
Prof. Dr. Dugald C. Close
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Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia
Interests: production horticulture; apple; cherry and wine grape horticulture; new crops development; post-harvest fruit science; plant nutrition and water relations
Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Colla
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Department of Agriculture and Forest Sciences, University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy
Interests: microgreens; sprouts; functional food; crop production; plant nutrition; fertilizers; organic farming; organic agriculture; nutrient management; biofertilizers; vegetable production; fruit quality; fertigation; hydroponics; vegetable crops; biofortification
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Dr. Marios Kyriacou
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Department of Vegetable Crops, Agricultural Research Institute, 1516 Nicosia, Cyprus
Interests: postharvest physiology and technology of horticultural crops; functional quality of horticultural products; rootstock-mediated effects on vegetable fruit quality; horticultural valorization of indigenous genetic resources; postharvest quality in microgreens as modulated by preharvest factors; plant pigment biosynthesis and degradation during fruit ripening; carbohydrate metabolism and tuber dormancy
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Prof. Dr. Spyridon A. Petropoulos
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University of Thessaly, School of Agricultural Sciences, Volos, Greece
Interests: evaluation of vegetables local landraces; essential oils of herbsand medicinal plants;quality of vegetable products; nutrition of horticultural plants; stress physiology; post-harvest physiology of fruit and vegetables; vegetable grafting and hydroponics; greenhouse and field crops; biostimulants
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Prof. Dr. Carmine Guarino
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University of Sannio, Department of Science and Technology, Via Port'Arsa 11, 82100, Benevento, Italy
Interests: historical gardens and botanical gardens; systematic and taxonomy; florist and etnobotanic; territorial cartography – biocartography; genomics-proteomics-transcriptomics; innovative technologies in application field; landescape and green infrastructure (GI)
Prof. Dr. Stefano Musacchi
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Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center, Washington State University, Wenatchee, WA 98801, United States
Interests: orchard management; apple, pear and cherry physiology; crop load; training system; rootstocks; fruit quality optimization; pruning physiology; graft-incompatibility
Dr. Erin N. Rosskopf
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US Horticultural Research Laboratory, USDA-ARS, Fort Pierce, FL 34945, USA
Interests: vegetable and cut flower production; weed, disease, and nematode interactions; anaerobic soil disinfestation; vegetable grafting
Dr. Brian Eugene Jackson
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Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University, Raleigh, NC 27697-7609, USA
Interests: Wood substrates; Bark substrates; Engineering raw materials; Substrate particle dynamics; Substrate Hydrology; Container plant root growth; Substrate analytical methods
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Dr. Hui-Ling Liao
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North Florida Research and Education Center, University of Florida, Quincy, FL 32351, USA
Interests: microbial ecology; plant-fungal cross-talk; plant-microbial symbiosis; metaomics; genetic engineering; forest microbiome; forage microbiome
Prof. Dr. José M. Palma
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Spanish National Research Council, CSIC · Department of Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology of Plants
Interests: Plants, Metabolisms
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Dr. Katherine Steele
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School of Natural Sciences, Bangor University, LL57 2UW, UK
Interests: genetics; molecular markers; molecular breeding; quantitative trait loci; applied genomics; rice; barley; tomato
Prof. Dr. Raffaele Testolin
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Department of Agricultural, Food, Animal and Environmental Sciences, University of Udine, Via delle Scienze 208, 33100 Udine, Italy
Interests: fruit genetic diversity, fruit domestication, fruit genetics, fruit breeding
Dr. Susan A. H. McCallum
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Soft Fruit researcher and breeder, James Hutton Institute, Dundee, Scotland, DD2 5da, UK
Interests: Soft fruit genetics, Molecular assisted breeding, genotype x environmental interactions, high throughput phenotyping; fruit genetic diversity
Dr. Marco Cirilli
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Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Milan, Via Celoria 2, 20133 Milan, Italy
Interests: fruit breeding; fruit genomics and genetics
Prof. Dr. Youssef Rouphael
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Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Naples, Federico II, Portici, Italy
Interests: greenhouse crops; vegetables production; hydroponics and aquaponics; plant nutrition; microgreens; sprouts; edible flowers; functional foods, grafting; microbial and non-microbial biostimulants; biofortification; vegetable quality related to preharvest factors; LED; urban agriculture; organic farming
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Dr. Ashraf Tubeileh
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Horticulture and Crop Science Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407, USA
Interests: organic vegetable systems; organic soil amendments; organic fertilizers; biofuel crops
Dr. Annette Lynn Wszelaki

Department of Plant Sciences, 112 Plant Biotechnology Bldg., 2505 EJ Chapman Dr. Knoxville, TN 37996, USA
Interests: vegetable production systems; organic agriculture; postharvest physiology; food safety
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