Horticulture is the science and art of producing, improving, marketing and using fruits, vegetables, flowers and ornamental plants. It differs from botany and other plant sciences in that horticulture incorporates both science and aesthetics. Production and consumption of high quality fruits and vegetables allows us to maintain a healthy, balanced daily diet. Flowers and ornamental plants enrich our homes and communities, and contribute to our sense of well-being.

Horticultural scientists at the Tifton campus work on many crops important to Georgia agriculture including blueberries, muscadine grapes and pecan trees, and vegetables such as broccoli, collard, cucumber, eggplant, kale, muskmelon, peppers, sweet corn, sweet onion, tomato and watermelon. This department is involved in basic and applied research in the plant sciences as well as providing expert technical assistance to growers throughout the state.

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Research, Extension, Instruction Coordinator

Patrick J. Conner Professor; Areas of Interest: Pecan breeding

Tifton Personnel in the Department of Horticulture

Mamata Bashyal PhD Graduate Research Assistant
Jesus Bautista Research Technician II
Melissa Brannon Research Technician III
Ye Chu Research Professional IV
Joann Conner Associate Research Scientist; Areas of Interest: Apomixis
Patrick J. Conner Professor; Areas of Interest: Pecan breeding
Angelos Deltsidis Assistant Professor; Area of Interest: Postharvest Physiology
Juan Carlos Diaz-Perez Professor; Areas of Interest: Vegetables, plasticulture, protected agricultural technologies, organic production
Yinping Guo Research Professional II
Mike H. Hudson Agricultural Research Assistant III
Hanna Ibiapina De Jesus PhD Graduate Research Assistant
Hua Kang Research Professional II
Ted McAvoy Assistant Professor; Area of Interest: Vegetable production
Peggy Ozias-Akins D.W. Brooks Professor (Areas of Interest: Molecular genetics of plant development)
Zilfina Rubio Ames Assistant Professor; Areas of Interest: Blueberries and small fruits
Hunter Slade MS Graduate Research Assistant
Gregory Thomas Agricultural Research Assistant II
Chad Walker Research Technician III
Lenny Wells Professor; Areas of Interest: Pecans
Zhifen Zhang Postdoctoral Research Assoc