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Environmental Horticulture

Environmental Horticulture

Plant Breeding and Biotechnology


Florida’s environmental horticulture industry is an important contributor to the state’s economy, employment, and rural development. Growers face challenges including devastating diseases, temperature stresses, and biological invasiveness. Dr. Chen's program focuses on integrated water and nutrient management for foliage plant production, as well as plant quality improvement during propagation, production, and interiorscape; Dr. Clark’s program focuses on breeding new Coleus and basil cultivars; Dr. Deng's program focuses on breeding new cultivars of Caladium, gerbera, and lantana; and Dr. Freyre’s program focuses on breeding of new Ruellia cultivars that are not invasive by seed dispersal.

Faculty

Jianjun Chen

Jiajun Chen

Plant Physiology
407-814-6161
jjchen@ufl.edu 

Dave Clark portrait

Clark, David

Floriculture, Biotechnology
352-273-4577
geranium@ufl.edu 

Zhanao Deng

Zhanao Deng

Plant Physiology
813-633-4134
zdeng@ufl.edu 

 

Rosanna Freyre portrait

Freyre, Rosanna

Research Scientist
Ornamental Breeding
352-273-4575
rfreyre@ufl.edu