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UF/IFAS Plant Breeding

UF/IFAS Plant Breeding

Faculty

Our plant breeding faculty play a leading role at UF/IFAS, the land-grant university with the largest plant breeding faculty in the nation, and one of the largest in cultivars developed and cultivars licensed. Our faculty are deeply committed to educating the next generation of innovative plant breeders to be well-rounded and career-ready for the industry, academia, non-profit, or other sectors. These 27 faculty are housed in four different departments (AgronomyEnvironmental Horticulture, Horticultural Sciences, and the School of Forest, Fisheries & Geomatics Sciences) strategically located throughout Florida: main campus in Gainesville and 7 off-campus Research and Educational Centers (REC). Scroll down to learn more about our outstanding faculty and their plant breeding programs!

Fredy Altpeter

Fredy Altpeter

Molecular Genetics & Biotechnology 
Bioenergy/Turf
Agronomy | Campus

                             
Ali Babar

Ali Babar

Breeding & Molecular Genetics
Grains (wheat, oats and triticale)
Agronomy | Campus

                               
Ann Blount

Ann Blount

Turf Breeding & Genetics
Forage
Agronomy | North FL REC

                       
Alan Chambers

Alan Chambers

Breeding & Genetics 
Tropical Fruits
Horticultural Sciences | Tropical REC

                               
José Chaparro

José Chaparro

Breeding & Genetics
Stone Fruits
Horticultural Sciences | Campus

                               
David Clark

David Clark

Breeding & Biotechnology 
Ornamentals, Coleus
Environmental Hort. | Campus

                       
Zhanao Deng.

Zhanao Deng

Breeding & Genetics
Ornamentals, Blackberry & Pomegranate
Environ. Hort. | Gulf Coast REC

                               
Manjul Dutt

Manjul Dutt

Breeding & Genetics
Citrus
Horticultural Sciences | Citrus REC

                               
Fred Gmitter

Fred Gmitter

Breeding & Genetics
Citrus 
Horticultural Sciences | Citrus REC

                       
Jude Grosser

Jude Grosser

Breeding & Genetics
Citrus
Horticultural Sciences | Citrus REC

                               
Heqiang (Alfred) Huo

Heqiang (Alfred) Huo

Breeding & Genetics
Ornamentals & Horticultural Crops
Environmental Horticulture | Mid-FL REC

                       
Sam Hutton

Sam Hutton

Breeding & Genetics
Tomato
Horticultural Sciences | Gulf Coast REC

                               
Kevin Kenworthy

Kevin Kenworthy

Breeding & Genetics
Turfgrass
Agronomy | Campus

                       
Matias Kirst

Matias Kirst

Quantitative Genetics & Biometrics
Forestry
Forest, Fisheries, & Geomatics | Campus

                               
Harry Klee

Harry Klee

Molecular & Cellular Biology
Tomato 
Horticultural Sciences | Campus

                               
Seonghee Lee

Seonghee Lee

Molecular Genetics & Genomics
Strawberry
Horticultural Sciences | Gulf Coast CREC

                               
Tong Geon Lee

Tong Geon Lee

Bioinformatics & Applied Genetics
Tomato 
Horticultural Sciences | Gulf Coast REC

                               
Geoffrey Meru

Geoffrey Meru

Genetics & Genomics
Vegetables Breeding
Horticultural Sciences | Tropical REC

                               
Germán S. Miranda

Germán S. Miranda

Breeding & Genetics
Lettuce
Horticultural Sciences | Everglades REC

                               
Patricio Munoz

Patricio Munoz

Breeding & Genomics
Blueberry 
Horticultural Sciences | Campus

                               
Gary Peter

Gary Peter

Genomics & Cell Biology
Forestry
Forest, Fisheries, & Geomatics | Campus

                               
Bala Rathinasabapathi

Bala Rathinasabapathi

Breeding & Genomics
Peppers
Horticultural Sciences | Campus

                               
Márcio Resende

Márcio Resende

Breeding & Genomics
Sweet Corn 
Horticultural Sciences | Campus

                               
Esteban Rios

Esteban Rios

Breeding & Genetics
Forage
Agronomy | Campus

                               
Hardev Sandhu

Hardev Sandhu

Agronomy
Sugarcane
Agronomy | Everglades REC

                               
Barry Tillman

Barry Tillman

Breeding & Genetics
Peanut
Agronomy | North FL FREC

                               
Vance Whitaker

Vance Whitaker

Breeding & Genetics
Strawberry
Horticultural Sciences | Gulf Coast CREC

                               
 

Emeritus


Emeritus


Ronald Barnett

Ronald D. Barnett

Breeding and Genetics
Small Grains
Agronomy | North FL REC

        
Craig Chandler

Craig K. Chandler

Breeding and Genetics
Strawberry
Horticultural Sciences | Gulf Coast REC

        
Michael Davis

Michael J. Davis

Biotechnology
Papaya
Plant Pathology | Gulf Coast REC

        
Dan Gorbet

D.W. Gorbet

Breeding and Genetics
Peanut
Agronomy | Noth FL REC

        
Paul Lyrene

Paul M. Lyrene

Breeding and Genetics
Blueberry
Horticultural Sciences | Campus

        
Donald Rockwood

Donald Rockwood

Breeding and Genetics
Eucalyptus
Forest, Fisheries, & Geomatics | Campus

        
Jay Scott

Jay W. Scott

Breeding and Genetics
Tomato
Horticultural Sciences | Gulf Coast REC

        
Wayne Sherman

Wayne Sherman

Breeding & Genetics
Stone Fruit
Horticulural Sciences | Campus

        
Ken Quesenberry

Ken H. Quesenberry

Breeding and Genetics
Forage
Agronomy | Campus

        

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