UGA Horticulture Department

van Iersel Horticultural Physiology Lab Receives GRA Grant

Dr. Marc van Iersel’s Horticultural Physiology Lab has received a $60,000 grant from the Georgia Research Alliance to continue their collaboration with Dr. Mark Haidekker’s photonics lab in UGA’s College of Engineering, and PhytoSynthetix. This long-standing collaboration is focused on the development of energy-efficient, cost-effective methods for supplemental lighting in controlled environment…
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PhD student Shuyang Zhen’s research highlighted on ISHS website

PhD student Shuyang Zhen’s research on the effects of far-red light on photosynthetic efficiency is highlighted on the website of the International Society for Horticultural Science. Shuyang presented some of her research on this topic at the 2016 ISHS lighting symposium in East Lansing, MI, where she won the student competition. Her…
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Horticultural Physiology lab members win Alex Laurie Award

“ Rhuanito Ferrarezi, a former post-doc in the Horticultural Physiology Lab, Sue Dove, and Marc van Iersel recently received the Alex Laurie award from AmericanHort. AmericanHort is a national trade organization representing the ornamental horticulture industry. The Alex Laurie Award is presented to the author(s) of the most significant applied floriculture…
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David Gianino and Shuyang Zhen excel in student competition at 2016 ASHS meeting

David Gianino and Shuyang Zhen, graduate students in Dr. Marc van Iersel’s horticultural physiology lab, participated in the student competition organized by the Controlled Environment working group. The competition was held as part of the 2016 Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science in Atlanta, GA. David and Shuyang placed first…
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Marc van Iersel named ASHS graduate educator of the year

The American Society for Horticultural Science announced that Dr. Marc van Iersel was named the 2016 graduate educator of the year. He will receive the award at the 2016 ASHS conference in Atlanta. Here is the ASHS announcement: Dr. Marc van Iersel started as an assistant professor at Griffin Campus…
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Shuyang Zhen wins graduate student competition at LightSym 2016

Shuyang Zhen, PhD student with Dr. Marc van Iersel in the horticultural physiology lab, won the graduate student competition at the 8th International Symposium on Light in Horticulture. Shuyang presented her research showing that far-red light can play an important role in optimizing light use efficiency of plants grown under…
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Shuyang Zhen places 2nd in college graduate student competition

Shuyang Zhen, a PhD candidate in Marc van Iersel’s Horticultural Physiology lab, represented the department in the PhD part of the annual college graduate student competition. The Broadus Browne competition is held in honor of the former Director of the Georgia Agricultural Experiment Station. Participants in the competition are judged based on a paper and…
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