Horticultural Sciences Department

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Dr. Ali Sarkhosh

Office:2115 Fifield Hall
Phone:352-273-4788
E-mail:sarkhosha@ufl.edu
For more information, visit Dr. Sarkhosh's website. 

Assistant Professor

Areas of Research

  • Optimization of stone fruit production practices (training system, pruning, PGRs, etc.)
  • Cultural practices to optimize peach fruit size and quality 
  • Nutrition management in subtropical peaches and muscadine grapes
  • Rootstock and scion evaluation 
  • Tree fruit including but not limited subtropical stone fruit, persimmon, pomegranate, fig, and mango
  • Viticulture (muscadaine grapes, table and wine grapes)

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Horticulture, University of Tehran, Iran (2010)
  • M.S., Horticulture, University of Tehran, Iran (2005)
  • B.S., Horticulture, Shahre-kord University, Iran (2003)

Teaching Responsibilities

  • FRC3252 – Tropical and Subtropicalfruits 

Extension Programs

  • Maintain active relationship with county and regional extension agents regarding important production issues in stone fruit and grapes.
  • Disseminate information relative to stone fruit production in Florida via extension publications (EDIS)
  • Present relevant research and production information at field days and commodity meetings
  • Author and maintain the UF Stone Fruit Extension Website

Work and International Experiences

  • Assistant Professor, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, U.S.A. (2017 – present)
  • Senior Research Horticulturist, Department of Primary Industry and Resources, NT, Australia (2014 – 2017)
  • Visiting Scientist, Tropical Research and Education Centre, University of Florida, FL, U.S.A. (2015 – 2016)
  • Principal Horticulturist, PMG Agriculture Pty Ltd/Desert Farms Pty Ltd, NSW/NT, Australia (2010 – 2014)
  • Visiting Research Scholar, Plant and Food Research Institute, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2008 – 2010)
  • Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Tehran, Iran (2005 – 2008) 

Honors and Awards

  • STAR AWARD Nomination, Department of Primary Industry and Resources, NT, Australia (2017)
  • Endeavour Fellowship, Australian Government (2015) 
  • Outstanding Graduate Student, University of Tehran, Iran (2009)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student, University of Tehran, Iran (2007) 
  • Ranking first amongst 1145 students (M.S. entrance exam) in Horticulture Science, Iran (2003)

Program Personnel 

  • Dustin M. Huff, Biological Scientist II
  • Yuru Chang, M.S. Student

If you are interested in joining our program, please email us your CV. Our program is often recruiting undergraduates who wish to gain experience in fruit crops production as well as visiting scientists/scholars who wish to gain experiences in tree fruit and viticulture research and development. Openings for graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.) and/or postdocs depend on availability of grant funds.


Publications 

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