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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture


Organic and sustainable agriculture emphasizes integration of environmental, economic, and sociological practices that balance long-term productivity with ecological sustainability.

Research projects focus on developing and integrating organic and/or sustainable production practices to ensure that biological diversity is preserved while producing high quality fruit and vegetables to meet today’s consumer demands.

Find out more information on specific research programs in organic and sustainable agriculture below. 

  • Pete Andersen– Whole plant physiology in peanut crops; organic production of rabbiteye blueberries
  • Carlene Chase  - Reducing environmental impact of weed management; methyl bromide alternatives; cover crops and living mulches
  • Danielle Treadwell– Field and greenhouse specialty crop production, cover crops, sustainable agriculture, reduced tillage, organic vegetable production, small farms, farm to school
  • Xin Zhao- Organic and sustainable vegetable production; vegetable grafting.