UGA Horticulture Department

Hort Major Scores Magnolia Gardens as Internship Destination!

LandonBarkerCongratulations are in order for Miss Landon Barker, UGA Horticulture Major and President elect of Tau Chapter Pi Alpha Xi, whom has been accepted into the summer internship program at the Magnolia Gardens just outside Charleston, South Carolina! If you have not ever visited this historic garden, you must! Truly one of the more fascinating and beautiful places to visit in the South. Many thanks to Tom and Mary Ann Johnson for bringing one of our students into their program. Landon will be working along side students from Versailles, France this summer. Can’t wait to see this adventure’s photos! Go Hort Dawgs!

Shuyang Zhen, Michael Martin and Marc van Iersel attend LightSym 2016

Shuyang Zhen with her poster

Shuyang Zhen presented a poster on the importance of added far-red light to increase photosynthesis and the efficiency of photosystem II under LED lights.

The 8th international symposium on lighting (LightSym 2016) was held from may 22-26 in East Lansing, MI. The horticultural physiological lab was well represented at the symposium. Shuyang Zhen presented her work on the importance of far-red light on the efficiency of light use in photosynthesis. Her work has shown that far-red light can increase photosynthesis under LED light, because most LEDs excite photosystem II more efficiently than photosystem I. Far-red light can be used to restore the balance between these two photosystems.

Michael Martin and Marc van Iersel both presented the lab’s research on the use of chlorophyll fluorescence to optimize the efficiency of photosynthesis under LED lighting. Michaels’ poster focused on our work with the biofeedback system we developed. He presented data on maintaining different electron transport rates in

Michael Martin with his poster

Michael Martin discuss his poster on the performance of the lab’s biofeedback system with Melanie Yelton from LumiGrow.

lettuce. The poster discussed how different electron transport rates affected the quantum efficiency of photosystem II, as well as heat dissipation of excess light energy.

Marc van Iersel gave an oral presentation describing the importance of more efficient lighting in controlled environment agriculture and how chlorophyll fluorescence measurements can be used to achieve. The presentation covered how the biofeedback system works as well as how chlorophyll fluorescence measurements can be used in greenhouses to quantify photosynthetic efficiency and how that is affected by different light levels.

Shuyang Zhen wins graduate student competition at LightSym 2016

PhD student Shuyang Zhen with her first place certificate for winning the graduate student competition at LightSYm 2016

Shuyang with her first place certificate in front of her poster.

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 LED light. Her work challenges the widespread perception that far-red light is used very inefficiently by plants. She was able to show that far-red can actually play an important role in assuring that plants can use all different colors of light efficiently. Her results attracted much attention from the many lighting companies present at the symposium, since Shuyang’s findings can help them design better lights for plant growth.

LaMont Suddeth Named Griffin Campus Outstanding Employee of the Year

SuddethMr. LaMont Suddeth, a member of the staff in the Horticulture Department at the Griffin Campus, was recently named Outstanding Employee of the Year by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.  LaMont is the Horticulture Department Greenhouse Supervisor on campus. and is also an accomplished artist! Congratulations LaMont for this recognition by the college…of course, we Hort Dawgs already knew you were the best!

Two UGA Students Place in the CAES Undergraduate Research Competition

xxdxccc DSC_8238smKudos to UGA Horticulture  Department students Ruqayah Bhuiyan and Sierra McDonald, andwhom placed 4th and 5th respectively in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Research Competition! Ruqayah worked with David Berle on the Effects of Biochar on Crop Growth, and Sierra worked with Paul Thomas characterizing the effects of chilling on Orchid roots.  These students did outstanding work on research projects. There will be an awards banquet on May 2nd at which the college will recognized their achievements! Well done ladies!

Interesting New Job for UGA Horticulture Graduate

DSC_8238smCongratulations are in order for senior UGA Hort Dawg Sierra McDonald who recently was hired by the Giving Tree Wellness Center in Prescott, Arizona. Sierra is embarking on an adventure legally growing medical marijuana at an Arizona state-licensed production facility. We do not teach anything about marijuana production at UGA, nor do we endorse its use, however our greenhouse management students are more than qualified for these kinds of jobs in states where it is legally produced. I will be interested in learning how this position works out. The salary offer was very competitive with standard greenhouse industry positions.Leave it to a Hort Dawg to try something new! Good Luck Sierra!

Internship Adventures Await Two Hort Majors!

DSC_7307sm IMG_4808Internship Adventures Ahead! UGA Hort majors Maya Baumeister and Sarah Houstma recently were accepted into two very cool internship programs. Maya will be learning public garden management at the Cheyenne Botanic Garden in Wyoming! Sarah will be working at The Polly Hill Arboretum, a Martha’s Vineyard horticultural and botanical landmark! We commend both of these fine young ladies for their willingness to gain experience outside the state of Georgia and undertake internships at unique locations! Both of these adventures will be unforgettable! Congratulations!

Two UGA Students Receive Vic and Margaret Ball Internships!

DSC_7339sm 10570350_10202292045535379_1536744665027820357_n (1)More Happy News! UGA Horticulture Majors Michael Del Valle and Mary E. Lewis have both been selected to the Vic and Margaret Ball Internship and Scholarship Program. Michael is going to travel to Arcata California and work at the now world famous Sun Valley Floral Group facility. He will be learning cut flower and forced bulb production from the premier company in the U.S. Not to be outdone, Mary Lewis has been placed with Disney! Mary will be working with the production side of the Epcot exhibit, and the surrounding event grounds.Disney has been one of her dream career moves and she now has the opportunity to earn her mickey ears! Congratulations to these two fine UGA Horticulture students for their academic accomplishment in being selected by this program. The Vic and Margaret Ball Program is managed by the American Floral Endowment! Many thanks to the Ball Family and the many donors to the AFE Endowment entity for their support of our students!!! Go Dawgs

Viticulture Internship for Grant Laird!

DSC_8239smHarvesting Grapes in California! UGA Hort Major Grant Laird just recently was awarded the Jimmy Mancbach Memorial Scholarship as an intern at Au Bon Climat Winery/Vineyard in Santa Barbara, California! Grant will be learning about viticulture and enology, and have an incredible experience harvesting grapes in the fall in sunny California. Congratulations Grant!

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