Horticulture

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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Horticulture


Research, Extension, Instruction Coordinator

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


Tifton Personnel in the Department of Horticulture

Nirmala Acharya PhD GRA (Dr. McAvoy, advisor); vegetable production
Mamata Bashyal PhD GRA (Dr. Diaz-Perez, advisor); vegetables, protected agricultural technologies
Jesus Bautista Research Technician II
Stephanie E Botton Research Technician & PBGG-MS student (Dr. Ozias-Akins, advisor), peanut breeding
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
Lesa Cox Administrative Associate I
Angelos Deltsidis Assistant Professor; Area of Interest: Postharvest Physiology
Juan Carlos Diaz-Perez Professor; Areas of Interest: Vegetables, plasticulture, protected agricultural technologies, organic production
Jodi D Figgatt Administrative Associate I
Orestis Giannopoulos MS GRA (Dr. Deltsidis, advisor); post-harvest physiology
Amit Godara MS GRA (Dr. Deltsidis, advisor); post-harvest physiology
Yinping Guo Research Professional II
Raegan Holton PBGG-PhD GRA (Dr. Ozias-Akins, advisor), peanut genetics & genomics
Mike H. Hudson Agricultural Research Assistant III
Taylor Ibibofori PhD GRA (Dr. Rubio Ames, advisor); blueberries & small fruits
Hua Kang Research Professional II
Prasanna Kharel PBGG-PhD GRA (Dr. Ozias-Akins, advisor), peanut genetics & genomics
Camille McAvoy Horticultural Scientist (Dr. Deltsidis); post-harvest physiology, vidalia onion
Ted McAvoy Assistant Professor; Area of Interest: Vegetable production
Gema Nugraha PBGG-MS GRA (Dr. Ozias-Akins, advisor), peanut genetics
Peggy Ozias-Akins D.W. Brooks Professor (Areas of Interest: Molecular genetics of plant development)
Sameer Pokhrel PBGG-PhD GRA (Drs. Ozias-Akins & Vaughn, co-advisors), peanut genetics & genomics
Zilfina Rubio Ames Assistant Professor; Areas of Interest: Blueberries and small fruits
Gregory Thomas Agricultural Research Assistant II
Chad Walker Research Technician III
Lenny Wells Professor; Areas of Interest: Pecans
Zhifen Zhang Postdoctoral Associate (Dr. Ozias-Akins); Peanuts & molecular biology