Dr. Julia Kornegay is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Horticultural Science. From 2011-2018 she served as Director of the Graduate Programs and as the Head of the Department from 2003-2010.
As Director of Graduate Programs (DGP), Dr. Kornegay was responsible for the administration of the Department’s Graduate Program under the advisement and direction of the Department Head, Graduate Admissions Committee, and the Graduate Faculty. The role of the DGP is to manage the graduate program and its financial resources in support of the teaching, research, and extension functions of the Department. To do so, the Graduate Program needs to attract, recruit, enroll, and graduate highly qualified students.
- HS 433/533 Public Garden Administration
- HS 206 Home Food Production (plus a DE section)
- HS 601 Professional Presentation Skills (plus a DE section)
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 in the southeast U.S.
Prior to coming to NC State, Dr. Kornegay served as Director of Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden (1999-2003) and as Director of Research (1997-1999). Fairchild is one of the world’s premier tropical botanical gardens with international horticulture, research, conservation, and educational programs in tropical fruit crops, endangered species conservation, palm biology, and plant systematics. She also served as an Adjunct Professor at Florida International University and the University of Miami. During her tenure, the Garden added two new outdoor exhibits: the Richard H. Simons Rainforest and the Jewels of the Caribbean habitats, and initiated the new William F. Whitman Tropical Fruit Pavilion. The Garden also developed the Fairchild Challenge educational program and a graduate studies program with Florida International University.
From 1985 to 1997, Dr. Kornegay worked at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Cali, Colombia as Leader of the Bean Program (1993-1997) and senior plant breeder. She was responsible for an international team of scientists based in six countries in Latin America and Africa, working to increase sustainable bean production and incomes for farmers and their communities. She organized five regional research networks in Latin America and Africa and obtained $10 million from international donor agencies to support their activities. She also spearheaded the Seeds of Hope program in 1994 to help Rwanda recover its crop germplasm after the end of the civil war. In 1996, she was recognized by the regional bean program PROFRIZA and the national agricultural research programs of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia for her work in increasing bean production and research capacity in the Andean Region. Over 30 cultivars from her breeding program have been released as varieties in eight countries.
Dr. Kornegay recently chaired the National Research Council of the National Academies committee that wrote the 2010 report Towards Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the 21st Century. She is also a member of the Working Group for Feed the Future (FtF) Research which serves as an advisory group to the Association for Public Land-grant Universities (APLU) to advance the global FtF initiative.
Dr. Kornegay has published widely in international scientific journals, books, and conference proceedings, and she wrote a featured column in the Garden Views, the quarterly magazine of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. She was interviewed on Martha Stewart Living Television and was the featured scientist on the TV program THE NEW EXPLORERS, Episode: Super Seeds. She also conducted numerous ratio and newspaper interviews, including Voice of America and National Public Radio – All Things Considered.
Dr. Kornegay served as Treasurer for the Society for Economic Botany and was a member of the Executive Committee and Board of the American Public Gardens Association. She has also served on numerous federal grant panels and national and international program reviews. She is married to Alfredo Escobar. Their Raleigh garden was featured on the National Garden Conservancy Open Days tour in 2009 and is a stop for many local and national gardening groups.
Breeding Lines and Germaplasm Releases (1980-Current)
|1||Colombia||1994||ICA Jaidukama||AND 669|
|2||1993||ICA Quimbaya||AFR 298|
|3||2000||Unapal Milenio||HAV 124|
|4||Ecuador||1999||INIAP 419- Chaupeno||AFR 585|
|5||1996||INIAP 418 – Jema||LSA 54|
|6||1993||INIAP 412 – Vilcabamba||SUG 55|
|7||Peru||1999||DRK 54||DRK 54|
|8||1999||RAA 15||RAA 15|
|9||1994||Jacinto INIA||AFR 353|
|10||Bolivia||1999||Rojo Casarabe||CAL 144|
|11||Argentina||2001||TUC 241||ARF 241|
|13||1994||Coral INTA||AFR 285|
|14||1991||TUC 180||AFR 180|
|15||1995||Overito INTA||SUG 18|
|16||Philippines||1992||HAB 229||HAB 229|
|17||Brazil||1990||UEL 2||HAB 118|
|18||1990||UEL 1||HAB 175|
|20||2001||AFR 504||AFR 504|
|21||Congo||2003||LSA 144||LSA 144|
|22||1993||AND 665||AND 665|
|23||Uganda||1999||DRK 57||DRK 57|
|24||1999||RWV 163||RWV 163|
|25||1999||NAFE 4||POA 2|
|26||1999||NABE 5||SUG 73|
|27||1995||NABE 2||MCM 1015|
|28||1995||NABE 3||MCM 2001|
|29||1995||NABE 1||OBA 1|
|30||1994||K 132||CAL 96|
|36||2002||Ingobojkarugo||SCAM 80 cm/15|
|39||1998||LAS 400||LAS 400|
|40||1998||LAS 432||LAS 432|
|41||1993||LAS 153||LAS 153|
|42||Tanzania||2003||Uyole 03||DRK 124|
|43||Malawi||1995||CAL 113||CAL 113|
|44||1995||DRK 57||DRK 57|
|46||1999||AND 717||AND 717|
- Bacteria species and solution pH effect postharvest quality of cut Zinnia elegans, Scientia Horticulturae (2015)
- Vase life of new cut flowers, Viii international symposium on new ornamental crops and xii international protea research symposium (2015)
- Transforming U.S. agriculture, Science (2011)