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Dr. Gina E. Fernandez
Department of Horticultural Science
170 Kilgore Hall, Campus Box 7609
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7609
Office Phone: 919.513.7416
Dr. Fernandez has a 70% Extension and 30% research appointment. Her responsibilities are to conduct relevant extension and research activities on small fruits in North Carolina. She has statewide Extension responsibilities in blackberries and raspberries (aka brambles or caneberries). Dr. Fernandez is also responsible for teaching the Small Fruit Production class HS 422 every other year. Two years after she was granted tenure, the direction of her research and extension program changed significantly as she took over the leadership of the Rubus (raspberry and blackberry) breeding program. She saw it as an opportunity to form a team to help grow the blackberry and raspberry industries. One of her students started calling their efforts “Team Rubus” and that term has become a theme of the brambles extension and research program.