University of Florida


Our research is directed at determining the impact of different production, handling, transport, wholesale, retail and consumer treatments and conditions on the postharvest performance of ornamental plants.

Specific topics of interest include plant nutrition, disease, temperature, water relations, ethylene sensitivity, and characterizing the genotypic variation to each of these factors. We also develop and evaluate practical technologies with potential to maximize plant longevity.

Current Research Projects:

Reducing ethylene damage and increasing the longevity of foliage potted plants (National Foliage Fdn.)

Improving water uptake during hydration to extend longevity of fresh-cut flowers (American Floral Endowment)

Potential of chlorine dioxide to extend longevity of fresh-cut flowers (Hill Memorial Fdn., & Asocolflores, Colombia)

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