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Portrait Name & Summary
Jim Burton Dr. James D. Burton, Associate Professor. Research focus on natural products and nutaceuticals, specifically factors that regulate the biosynthesis of DIBOA and other allelochemical with a goal toward developing a rye cover cropping management system that will provide consistent and effective weed control.
Steve Clouse Dr. Steven D. Clouse, Professor. Research focus is on plant molecular biology and biochemistry, and applications to horticultural crops.  Research emphases include regulation, plant gene expression during development; molecular mechanisms, plant hormone action, particularly brassinosteroids; functional genomics and proteomics; function, receptor kinases, plant signal transduction.
John Dole Dr. John M. Dole, Department Head and Floriculture Professor. Conducts research primarily on cut flowers (new cultivar evaluations, production studies, postharvest experiments, and marketing analysis), poinsettias, and rooted and unrooted cuttings (production and postharvest handling, in cooperation with Jim Faust).
Barbara Fair Dr. Barbara Fair, Assistant Professor. Research concentration in soil and water issues in the landscape and field trials directed at specific genera.
Gina Fernandez Dr. Gina E. Fernandez, Professor. Conducts research on small fruits in North Carolina.  Leads Rubus (raspberry and blackberry) breeding program. Seeks to grow the blackberry and respberry industries through small fruit program Team Rubus.
Bill Fonteno Dr. William C. Fonteno, Professor. Director, Horticultural Substrates Laboratory.  Research focus on floriculture and plant-soil-water-nutrition relations of container-grown crops.  Areas of interst include physical properties of horticultural substrates, water use and delivery systems, and computer modeling of aeration and drainage in horticultural substrates.  
Chris Gunter
Dr. Chris C. Gunter, Assistant Professor. Specializes in vegetable production for the commercial vegetable industry in North Carolina, working with commercial vegetable growers to maintain a high quality of life through the use of integrated, economical and environmentally sound production practices.  His main emphasis is with the Solanaceous (tomato, pepper) and Cruciferous (cabbage, broccoli) cropping systems.
Will Hooker Mr. Will E. Hooker, Professor. Focus on designing user-oriented, functional landscapes with a magical ambiance.  Primary advocacy for the past 15 years has centered on sustainable design, specifically permaculture design to create whimsical, ephemeral bamboo sculptures.
Mr. Lee Ivy Mr. Lee Ivy, Lecturer. Earned Masters of Horticultural Science degree at NCSU with Minors in Agriculture and Extension Education. Teaching interests focus on landscape maintenance, ornamentals, home horticulture, fruit and vegetable production. Mr. Lee Ivy is a certified plant professional, pesticide applicator and turf landscape technician as well.
Brian Jackson Mr. Brian E. Jackson, Assistant Professor. Research areas are nursery production and use and development of wood substrates as alternatives for pine bark and peat moss for horticultural crop production.
Julia Kornegay Dr. Julia L. Kornegay, Professor and Director of Graduate Programs. Research focus is on breeding and selection of annual and herbaceous perennials with attractive floral characteristic, good plant architecture, enhanced postharvest vase life, adapted to local growing environments, and non-invasive, primarily for cut flower production inthe southeast US.
Helen Kraus Dr. Helen T. Kraus, Assistant Professor. Research interests include improving irrigation and fertilizer efficiency and utilization of composts in container-grown ornamental plant production, nutrition of woody and herbaceous perennial ornamental plants and substrate and plant selections for rain gardens.
Ms. Lis Meyer Ms. Lis Meyer, Lecturer. Earned Masters degree at NCSU, focusing on ornamental plant breeding and propagation, Serves as the adviser for the Undergraduate Certificate in Horticultural Science. Her courses include: World of Horticulture, Home Plant Propagation, Home Landscape Maintenance, and Plant Propagation.
Mike Parker Dr. Michael L. Parker, Associate Professor. Research areas: apple rootstocks, peaches and alternative tree fruit crops, primarily applied in nature.  Areas of interest:  cultural management strategies, rootstock performance in the southeast, peach thinning, planting systems and orchard floor management.
Ms. Julieta T. Sherk Ms. Julieta T. Sherk, Assistant Professor and Registered Landscape Architect (RLA). Teaches landscape design studios to undergraduate and graduate students. She teaches lecture classes in digital and hand graphics, site planning, construction materials and methods. Dedicated in creating natural, stimulating places that enhance the health of the community and the environment as a whole. Particularly focused in the artful use of land forms, plants as design elements and in improving and enhancing the human/natural experience.
Ms. Anne M. Spafford Ms. Anne M. Spafford, Associate Professor. Teaches introductory landscape design studio, planting design studio, residential landscape design and a senior project course. Specializing in residential-scaled projects that are client and site-driven, as well as ecologically sustainable/restorative. Under the broad umbrella of residential design, my main areas of expertise are planting design and rain gardens.
Dr. Sara E. Spayd

Dr. Sara E. Spayd, Professor. Focus is working with North Carolina grape industry with cultivars and cultural practices to optimize fruit quality. Research interests include fruit composition and quality as affected by vineyard management practices.

Dr. Todd C. Wehner

Dr. Todd C. Wehner, Professor. Responsibilities include teaching plant breeding methods, distance education and integrated breeding databases. Research interest focus on improved selection methods; recurrent selection for fruit yield, earliness and quality; resistance to chilling, nematodes, anthracnose, belly rot, gummy stem blight and downy mildew; and germplasm evaluation to provide industry with new traits for the development of improved cultivars.

Dr. Dennis J. Werner

Dr. Dennis J. Werner, JC Raulston Distinguished Professor. His research efforts are focused on breeding and genetics of woody ornamentals, with emphasis on development of drought tolerant and novel landscape cultivars of Cercis and dwarf, sterile cultivars of Buddleja.  Genetic studies are focused on the inheritance of plant architecture, leaf color, and variegation in Cercis. 

Brian Whipker
Dr. Brian E. Whipker, Professor. Research interests include diagnostics, plant nutrition, water quality, plant growth regulators and economics. Extension specialization includes providing production information and diagnostic services to commercial greenhouse floriculture operations.
Dr. John D. Williamson Dr. John D. Williamson, Associate Professor. Research areas include  molecular mechanisms of plant stress responses, use of biotechnology in nontraditional breeding of crops with increased stress tolerance. Current focus is on the role of mannitol in salt tolerance and pathogen resistance.
Dr. L. George Wilson Dr. L. George Wilson, Professor. Responsibilities include Postharvest Physiology and Technology and Greenhouse Vegetables -- plus engagement as the departmental representative for the establishment of the Organic Unit of the new NC State, NC A&T State Univ., NCDA&CS Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS).
Dr. Craig Yencho Dr. G. Craig Yencho, Professor. Research projects involve genetic mapping of important traits in potato and sweetpotato; plant resistance to insects and pathogens; the development of value-added products including fries, chips, and natural colorants from potato and sweetpotato; the development of ornamental sweetpotatoes for the ornamental industries; and farmer participatroy breeding and international agriculture, primarily in eastern Africa.

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