Dr. Jeanine Davis helps farmers improve the sustainability and profitability of their farms by optimizing organic production systems, introducing and developing new crops, and improving the sustainability of commercial vegetable production systems.
Currently, Davis is conducting a study aimed at developing a reliable organic tomato production system for western N.C. In cooperation with the N.C. State University tomato breeder, Dr. Dilip Panthee, heirloom and heirloom-type hybrid tomato varieties are being grown. The heirloom-type hybrids have many of the desirable characteristics of heirloom tomatoes plus resistance to diseases, i.e. early and late blight, which make it difficult to grow organic tomatoes in the region. Several of these varieties are also winners in consumer taste tests. Different disease and insect control products approved for use in certified organic production systems are being tested.
Davis has worked with N.C. State for more than 20 years. Her research emphasis is on organic agriculture in western North Carolina, culinary and medicinal herbs, non-timber forest products, mushrooms, hops, truffles and other specialty crops.
“My vision is that someday, in the not too distant future, everyone will have access to local fresh fruits and vegetables because there will be successful farms everywhere, and every family will have a personal garden or access to a community food garden,” says Davis.
Her numerous professional honors include the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Activist of the Year Award and the North Carolina Vegetable Growers Association Support Award. She has been recognized five times with the Extension Blue Ribbon Publication Award from the Southern Region – American Society for Horticultural Science.
Davis is located at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center in Mills River.
- Current opportunities and best practices for ginseng ?, Proceedings of the 2014 annual meeting of the international plant propagators society (2015)
- Assisting farmers to produce high-quality medicinal herbs, HortScience (2012)
- Echinacea and its alkylamides: Effects on the influenza A-induced secretion of cytokines, chemokines, and PGE(2) from RAW 264.7 macrophage-like cells, International Immunopharmacology (2010)
- Commercial seed lots exhibit reduced seed dormancy in comparison to wild seed lots of Echinacea purpurea, HortScience (2005)
- Modeling and predicting complex space-time structures and patterns of coastal wind fields, Environmetrics (2005)
- Patterns of variation in alkamides and cichoric acid in roots and aboveground parts of Echinacea purpurea (L.) moench, HortScience (2005)
- Boron improves growth, yield, quality, and nutrient content of tomato, Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science (2003)
- Modeling the effects of meteorology on ozone in Houston using cluster analysis and generalized additive models, Atmospheric Environment (1998)
- Comparison of mulches for fresh-market basil production, HortScience (1994)
- Harvest maturity affects fruit yield, size, and grade of fresh-market tomato cultivars, HortScience (1994)
PhD, Horticulture, Washington State University (1987)
MS, Horticulture, Washington State University (1983)
BS, Horticulture, Delaware Valley College (1980)