PhD, Michigan State University
Plant Physiology & Horticultural Science
Major Responsibilities/Research Interests
Research areas include physiology of horticultural crops, hormonal regulation of plant growth and development, and synthesis and catabolism of plant hormones. Our research group uses analytical and molecular techniques to investigate mechanisms of fruit growth and development. We are currently working with Pea (Pisum sativum) and Saskatoon (Amelancher alnifolia) to determine the role of seeds in fruit development. Other areas of interest include environmental physiology, dormancy, and the use of plant growth regulators to modify plant growth and development.
Issues related to the importance of plants in our lives, including global food security, interactions between agriculture and the environment, the role of crops in human and animal nutrition, and the potential development of biofuels, biofibers, biopharmaceutical, and bioindustrial crops. Not available to students with *60 in Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences. This course does not substitute for PL SC 221 in the program core. Prerequisite: Biology 30 recommended.
Principles of plant science for use in agriculture, forestry and environmental sciences. Emphasis on vascular plants in an applied context. Topics include: plant structure and function; reproduction and development; and diversity and management of vegetation and crops. Not to be taken if credit received for BOT 205. [Offered jointly by the Departments of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science and Renewable Resources].
Study of crop production as influenced by plant-plant and plant-environment interactions, as well as management practices. Topics may include photosynthetic efficiency, growth analysis, competition and facilitation in monocrops and mixtures, response to climate change and environmental stress, use of genetically modified organisms and contrasting world crop production systems. Prerequisite: PL SC 221 or BOT 205.