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Faculty: Agronomy

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Fredy Altpeter

Assistant Professor

Research Focus:

Dr. Altpeter's research program integrates advanced genetic transformation technology and functional genomics to identify, isolate and engineer limiting factors for molecular improvement of cereals, turf and biomass/bioenergy grasses. Molecular improvement of environmental and biotic stress tolerance will enhance the productivity and persistence of commercially important cereals, turf and biomass grasses and will result in a more efficient use of natural resources. Alternatively, quality improvement in grasses and cereals that are well adapted to stress can significantly increase their value. Lignocellulosic materials produced by biomass grasses are a promising feedstock to produce low-cost ethanol, their improvement using biotechnological approaches will reduce costs associated with biomass conversion to fuel. Risk assessment and development of risk management strategies are essential components of Dr. Altpeter's molecular grass improvement program.

Courses Taught:

AGR 5307, Molecular Genetics for Crop Improvement (Class Website)
PCB 5530, Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology

Contact Information:

Main Office: 2191 McCarty Hall
Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 110500
Gainesville , Florida 32611-0500

Telephone: 352-392-1823 x. 204, 216, or 218
Facsimile: 352-392-7248
Electronic Mail: altpeter@ufl.edu

 

     

 

 
Image-Boote Kenneth J. Boote

Professor

 

Research Focus:

    Study of photosynthesis, respiration, carbon and nitrogen metabolism, and growth of crop plants in response to climate, carbon dioxide enrichment, drought, defoliating pests, and diseases. Develop crop growth models to understand crop physiology, to evaluate crop and pest management strategies, and to evaluate physiological traits for genetic yield improvement.

Courses Taught:

Contact Information:

    Main Office: 304 Newell Hall
    Mailing Address:
    Post Office Box 110500,
    Gainesville, Florida 32611-0500
    Telephone: 352-392-1811 x. 231
    Facsimile: 352-392-1840
    Electronic Mail: kjboote@ufl.edu

     

 

 

 
Image-Boote Jason A. Ferrell

Assistant Professor

 

Research Focus: Dr. Ferrell has a 65% extension and 35% research appointment in the Agronomy Department at the University of Florida. His responsibilities include developing herbicidal and cultural control of weedy species in cotton, forages, peanuts, and highway rights-of-ways.

Contact Information:

    Main Office: 303 Newell Hall
    Mailing Address:
    Post Office Box 110500,
    Gainesville, Florida 32611-0500
    Telephone: 352-392-1811 x. 209
    Facsimile: 352-392-1840
    Electronic Mail: jferrell@ufl.edu

     

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Maria Gallo

Associate Professor

 

Research Focus:

    Responsible for the molecular genetics of peanut and other agronomic crops of importance to Florida. The central research theme is the use of molecular approaches to create novel genotypes, and to gain a better understanding of mechanisms which regulate gene function.

Courses Taught:

Contact Information:

    Main Office: 303 The Cancer and Genetics Research Complex
    Mailing Address:
    Post Office Box 103610
    Gainesville, Florida 32610-3610
    Telephone: 352-273-8124
    Facsimile: 352-392-7248
    Electronic Mail: mgm@ufl.edu

     

Image-GilbertRobert A. Gilbert

Assistant Professor

 

 

Research Focus:  

    Research focus on sugarcane agronomy and breeding.

    Main emphasis is on sugarcane cultivar development and agronomic monitoring through on-farm trials in the Everglades Agricultural Area.

Contact Information:

 

    Mailing Address:
    University of Florida
    Everglades Research and Education Center
    3200 East Palm Beach Road
    Belle Glade, Florida 33430-4702
    Telephone: 561-993-1535
    Facsimile: 561-993-1582
    Electronic Mail: ragilber@ufl.edu


 

Kevin Kenworthy

Assistant Professor

 

Research Focus:

Development of turfgrasses with improved stress tolerance for use on golf courses, athletic fields, parks, home lawns, and highway right-of-ways.
 

 

Courses Taught:

AGR 3303 , Genetics
AGR 6311, Population Genetics

Contact Information:

 

    Main Office: 2199 McCarty Hall
    Mailing Address:
    Post Office Box 110500
    Gainesville, Florida 32611-0500
    Telephone: 352-392-1823 x. 201
    Facsimile: 352-392-7248
    Electronic Mail: kenworth@ufl.edu


 

Image-Mac Gregory E. MacDonald

 

Associate Professor

 





Research Focus:

Dr. MacDonald has a 65% research and 35% teaching responsibility in the Agronomy Department at the University of Florida. He teaches several classes and is currently responsible for overseeing the plant science field-teaching laboratory on campus, which includes a 300+ weed nursery.

Current research areas include:
• cogongrass biology, ecology and management
• torpedograss biology, ecology and management
• biology, physiology and biochemical aspects of fluridone tolerant hydrilla
• peanut and cotton weed management
• sustainable peanut production technology in Guyana, South America
• herbicide physiology, mode of action and resistance mechanisms
• invasive plant management

 

Courses Taught:

PLS 4601, Principles of Weed Science
PLS 5632, Integrated Weed Management
PLS 5652, Advanced Weed Science
PLS 6655, Plant/Herbicide Interaction

Contact Information:

 

    Main Office: 401 Newell Hall
    Mailing Address:
    Post Office Box 110500
    Gainesville, Florida 32611-0500
    Telephone: 352-392-1811 x. 228
    Facsimile: 352-392-1840
    Electronic Mail: pineacre@ufl.edu

     


 

Yoana C. NewmanImage-Bennett

Assistant Professor

 



 

Extension Focus
                     
Outreach focus is programming and information dissemination of cost-effective and environmentally sound practices of forage production and management in the state of Florida.

Research Focus

Applied research centers on forage systems for livestock production, nutrient management, and alternative uses for traditional and new landowners.

Contact Information:

    Main Office: 304 Newell Hall
    Mailing Address:
    Post Office Box 110500
    Gainesville, Florida 32611-0500
    Telephone: 352-392-1811 x. 212
    Facsimile: 352-392-1840
    Electronic Mail: ycnew@ufl.edu

     


 

 

Image-QuesenberryKenneth H. Quesenberry

Professor

  Research Focus:

    Research focuses on three areas of forage genetic improvement:

    • genetic enhancement and germplasm evaluation of cool season legumes with emphasis on southern U.S. adapted red, crimson, and other clover species
    • applications of tissue culture selection and molecular genetic transformation techniques in forages to develop transgenic lines containing desirable traits
    • germplasm evaluation and genetic enhancement of tropical forages in the genera Arachis, Desmodium, and Paspalum

Courses Taught:

Contact Information:

 

    Main Office: 304 Newell Hall
    Mailing Address:
    Post Office Box 110500
    Gainesville, Florida 32611-0500
    Telephone: 352-392-1811 x. 213
    Facsimile: 352-392-1840
    Electronic Mail: clover@ufl.edu

     

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Johannes M. Scholberg

Assistant Professor


Research Focus:

 

Study of nutrient cycling and uptake by crops, as affected by environmental conditions and crop characteristics. Develop information on irrigation and fertilization requirements that will improve profitability of existing production systems. Provide a scientific basis for development of environmentally sound and economically viable best management practices (BMP's) and nutrient management plans. Develop expert systems for precision management of both water and crop nutrients. Assess potential nutrient run-off and/or leaching for existing production systems.

Courses Taught:

 

    AGR 4268  Sustainable Agriculture Systems Analysis
    AGR 6422C  Environmental Crop Nutrition

Contact Information:

 

    Main Office: 304 Newell Hall
    Mailing Address:
    Post Office Box 110500
    Gainesville, Florida 32611-0500
    Telephone: 352-392-1811 x. 230
    Facsimile: 352-392-1840
    Electronic Mail: johan@ufl.edu
    J. M. Scholberg Homepage: http://scholberg.ifas.ufl.edu/


 

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Thomas R. Sinclair

Visiting Professor

 

Research Focus:

    Research interests are the influence of the abiotic environment on crop growth, development and yield. Physiology studies include plant water relations, symbiotic nitrogen fixation, carbon accumulation, and developmental processes. Theoretical analyses and simple model development have been undertaken to better understand the interactions between the environment and crops.

Contact Information:

 

    Main Office: 314 Newell hall
    Mailing Address:
    Post Office Box 110500
    Gainesville, Florida 32611-0500
    Telephone: 352-392-1811 Ext. 217
    Facsimile: 352-392-1840
    Electronic Mail: trsinc@ufl.edu

     

     

 
Image-Sollenberger Lynn E. Sollenberger

Professor

 

Research Focus:

 

    Ongoing research characterizes interactions between forage plants and grazing livestock, evaluates integration of grazed pasture into management programs for lactating dairy cows, and assesses the impact of grazed pasture and pasture management inputs on nutrient cycling in soils and on environmental quality.

Courses Taught:

 

Contact Information:

 

    Main Office: 2185 McCarty
    Mailing Address:
    Post Office Box 110500
    Gainesville, Florida 32611-0500
    Telephone: 352-392-1823 x. 207
    Facsimile: 352-392-7248
    Electronic Mail: lesollen@ufl.edu

     

     


North Florida Research and Education Center
3925 Hwy 71
Marianna, FL 32446-7906
Phone: (850) 482-1226
Fax: (850) 482-9917
Email: BTillman@ufl.edu 

Barry L. Tillman

Peanut Breeding and Genetics

Assistant Professor of Agronomy

 

Education:

    Ph.D.- Louisiana State University

    M.S. - Louisiana State University

    B.S.  - Auburn University

 

 

Appointment:

    80% Research

    20% Extension

 

Research Interests: Peanut Breeding and Genetics, Disease Resistance, Improving Efficiency in Plant Breeding

 


 

 
Image-Gallo-MeagherWilfred Vermerris

Associate Professor

 


 

Research Focus:
Research in Dr. Vermerris’ lab is focused on gaining a better understanding of the relationship between plant cell wall structure and function.  Mutants and transgenics with altered cell wall composition are used as a tool to investigate this relationship in a number of species, including maize, sorghum, and poplar.
Dr. Vermerris participates in the multi-institutional Cell Wall Genomics project funded by the NSF’s Plant Genome Program. He is responsible for the identification, characterization, and distribution of maize mutants with altered near infrared reflectance (NIR) spectrotypes.  A set of 39 such mutants have been identified among the UniformMu population
Dr. Vermerris is an expert on the brown midrib mutants of maize and sorghum, a group of cell wall mutants characterized by the brown vascular tissue in the leaves and stems.  These mutants have been or are in the process of being chemically characterized.  In addition, the impacts of these mutations on plant growth and development production are under investigation.  Molecular cloning of several Brown midrib genes is in progress. The brown midrib mutants are also of interest for improving the efficiency of ethanol production from stover.  Based on data generated with brown midrib mutants, new inbred lines with high yields of fermentable sugars are being developed by Dr. Vermerris and his collaborators.
Dr. Vermerris also participates in the DOE-funded project ‘Genome-Enabled Discovery of Carbon Sequestration Genes in Poplar’ aimed at elucidating molecular mechanisms underlying carbon allocation.

Dr. Vermerris is a member of the University of Florida Genetics Institute  and the Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Program.  He has an adjunct appointment in the Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering and the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering at Purdue University.  He is the co-author of the textbook ‘Phenolic Compound Biochemistry’ that will be published in November 2006 by Springer.

Courses Taught: TBA

 

Contact Information:

    Main Office: 237 Cancer and Genetics Research Complex
    Mailing Address:
    1376 Mowry Rd
    Post Office Box 103610
    Gainesville, Florida 32610-3610
    Telephone: 352-273-8162
    Facsimile: 352-273-8160
    Electronic Mail: wev@ufl.edu

Image-Wright David L. Wright

Professor

Research Focus:

     Research focuses on production of agronomic crops using conservation tillage techniques looking at the following factors:

     

    • General fertility management in conservation tillage and management of soybean, cotton, small grains, canola, and tropical corn
    • Cover and or winter cash crops and how they influence the second crop economically and in relation to nitrogen, disease, nematode, and influence on growth
    • Transgenic crops and how they fit into conservation tillage programs

Extension Focus:

    Transfer of information from an applied research program directly to farms in the area of conservation tillage and general management of agronomic crops. Work is accomplished through county extension faculty and with agribusiness that have growers interested in or have needs in areas of production agriculture.

Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:
    North Florida Research and Education Center
    University of Florida
    30 Research Road
    Quincy, Florida 32351-5684
    Telephone: 850-875-7719
    Facsimile: 850-875-7148
    Electronic Mail: wright@ufl.edu 


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