From genotype to phenotype and vice versa – research here in the Department of Horticultural Science spans foundational genomics, bioinformatics, genetics, biotechnology, and applied plant breeding on a broad diversity of horticultural crops in North Carolina and around the world. These efforts are yielding healthy and nutritious foods, more sustainable crops, a cleaner environment, superior products, and economic development.
Landscape and Floriculture Plants
Landscape and floriculture crops have been one of the fastest growing agricultural sectors in North Carolina over the last thirty years. Plants with greater adaptability, pest resistance, and commercial potential contribute to superior products, a cleaner environment, and improved competitiveness and profitability for our horticultural industries. These benefits are ultimately realized by the consumer in the form of superior plants, more valuable landscapes, and an improved quality of life.
Genomics and Plant Biotechnology
The Department of Horticultural Science uses multidisciplinary research solutions with interest in genetics, genomics, and breeding. We integrate principles of traditional plant breeding, modern plant breeding, comparative genomics, quantitative genetics, and apply genomics and bioinformatics science to identify molecular bases underlying complex traits in cultivars. We are using the latest sequencing technologies to sequence genome and transcriptome sequences of various species.
- Ashrafi, Hamid – Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics
- Da, Kedong – Director of Plant Transformation Lab
- Iglesias, Carlos – Director of Plant Breeding Consortium
- Iorizzo, Massimo – Genetics and Genomics
- Liu, Wusheng – Translational Genomics and Plant Bioengineering
- Touchell, Darren – Plant Tissue Culture: Mountain Crop Improvement Lab
Global and Interdisciplinary Engagements
Faculty in the Department of Horticultural Science are actively engaged in a number of global and interdisciplinary activities. This includes being members of the NC State Plant Breeding Consortium, as well as being involved with international plant breeding initiatives.