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Environmental Horticulture Graduate Program

Environmental Horticulture Graduate Program

Brooks Parrish / Master of Science in Horticultural Sciences

Brooks is a master’s student in the Department of Environmental Horticulture. He graduated from UF with a Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Science in 2019. Brooks grew up working in on his family’s farm where they grow watermelons. During his undergraduate experience, he worked in a micropropagation lab on campus where he assisted in the production of disease eradicated caladiums in vitro. His experiences in the agriculture industry have set him on a path to become a plant breeder. After seeing the impact that new novel cultivars can have on producers, Brooks knew that he wanted to play a part in their development. Brooks is working for Dr. Zhanao Deng at the IFAS GCREC researching caladiums.

ADVISER: Dr. Zhanao Deng

Brooks Parrish CV

Environmental Horticulture graduate student, Brooks Parrish

    • Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Science from the University of Florida, 2019
    • 2019 Southeast Produce Council STARS Scholar
    • 2019 Florida Fertilizer and Agrichemical Association Scholarship recipient
    • 2018 Branan Family Scholarship recipient

    My master’s research under Dr. Zhanao Deng is centered around evaluating caladium somaclonal variants that were generated through micropropagation. Caladiums are a popular aroid with colorful foliage that are propagated through a tuber. Production of this genus can be rapidly increased using plant cell culture. Micropropagation is used for clonal propagation of plants and the occurrence of variants can cause major problems for producers. The goal of my project is to identify the changes that occurred at the molecular level during the micropropagation of these caladiums.

    • Watermelon Trial Assistant Intern with Syngenta Seeds 2016-2017