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Bill Fonteno

Professor

Academics, Faculty, Research

Kilgore Hall 152

919.515.5368

http://www.substrateslab.com

Area(s) of Expertise

Teaching and research responsibilities in floriculture with emphasis on plant-soil-water-nutrition relations of container-grown crops. Research areas include physical properties of horticultural substrates, water use and delivery systems, and computer modeling of aeration and drainage in horticultural substrates. Research and outreach efforts also include on-site nutritional monitoring and management of greenhouse crops. Director of the Horticultural Substrates Laboratory.

Departmental Assignments

  • Teaching (60%)
    • HS 041 Greenhouse Crop Production – Spring
    • AGI 095H Plant Growth & Development – Fall
  • Research (40%) – Hydrology of Horticultural Substrates and Urban Soils
  • Director, Horticultural Substrates Laboratory

Professional Experience

  • Professor Horticultural Science 1995 – Present
  • Associate Professor Horticultural Science 1982 – 1995
  • Assistant Professor Horticultural Science 1976 – 1982
  • Research Fellow. Texas A&M Univ. 1975 – 1976
  • Research Assistant, Texas A&M Univ. 1973-75

Awards and Honors

  • A. H. Krezdorn Award American Society for Horticultural Science, Southern Region Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research. (1977 )
  • Alex Laurie Award for most outstanding research paper published in HortScience or the Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science given by American Society for Horticultural Science. (1978 )
  • Alex Laurie Award for most outstanding research paper published in HortScience or the Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science in 1990, given by the Ohio Florists Association at the International Floriculture Industry Short Course. (1990 )
  • Alex Laurie Award for most outstanding research paper published in HortScience or the Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science in 1990, Presented by the Ohio Florists Association at the International Floriculture Industry Short Course. (1991 )
  • Kenneth Post Award for best paper published in HortScience and the Journal of ASHS with senior author graduate student (Robert Milks) given by the Floriculture Working Group of ASHS. (Robert Milks, W.C. Fonteno, R.A. Larson, authors)

Professional and Honor Societies

  • American Society for Horticultural Science
  • International Society for Horticultural Science
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Phi Sigma (Biological Science)
  • Pi Alpha Xi (Floriculture)
  • Gamma Sigma Delta (Agriculture)

Publications

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Selected Publications

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Education

PhD, Horticulture, Texas A&M University, Austin (1976)
MA, Botany (Plant Ecology), University of Texas, Austin (1973)
BA, Botany, University of Texas, Austin (1972)