Research activities: Breeding and genetics of cross-pollinated vegetable crops. Molecular genetic investigations of horticulturally-desirable traits in vegetable crops. Development of carrot, onion, and beet inbred lines and hybrids. Human health functionality of vegetable crops.
Teaching: Hort 370 World Vegetable Crops; Hort 501 Principles of Plant Breeding; Hort 502 Techniques of Plant Breeding – all courses taught with Prof. Nienhuis. Biocore 301: Evolution module.
Research activities: Breeding and genetics of self-pollinated crops, with a primary emphasis on snap beans. Development and testing of new breeding methodology for self pollinated crops. Integration of plant breeding with developing technologies in molecular biology. Emphasis on understanding the genetic phenomena of heterosis and genotype by environment interactions. Development of computer software to facilitate genetic analyses.
Teaching: Hort 121 Horticulture Colloquium (taught with Prof. Patterson); Hort 370 World Vegetable Crops; Hort 372 Colloquium on Organic Agriculture; Hort 374 Tropical Horticulture; Hort 501 Principles of Plant Breeding; Hort 502 Techniques of Plant Breeding (501 & 502 taught with Prof. Goldman)