Horticultural Sciences Department

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Plant Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology


Research programs in plant molecular, cellular and developmental biology range from seeking a fundamental understanding of plant form and function to developing novel strategies for crop improvement. 

Faculty in this area apply molecular genetics and functional genomics to understand plant growth and development. This knowledge is then incorporated into projects ranging from using metabolic engineering to enhance nutritional quality to understanding plant function at the organelle level. 

Researchers in the PMCB area are also involved in the Plant Innovation Program at UF, which seeks to understand how flavor and aroma contribute to perceived fruit and vegetable quality.  Interaction with departmental breeding and other programs result in interdisciplinary approaches to research.

Find out more about our PMCB program by clicking here or selecting the HOS faculty below who is part of PMCB:  

  • Gilles Basset - systems biology, metabolic biochemistry, biological networks
  • Christine Chase – molecular genetics; pollen development; organelle genetics biogenesis and function
  • Robert Ferl –  space biology; examination of 14-3-3 proteins; examination of chromatin structure
  • Kevin Folta –  functional genomics of small fruit crops; plant transformation, photomorphogenesis and flowering
  • Dennis Gray  –  grape biotechnology; somatic cell genetics and engineering; disease resistance
  • Fred Gmitter - breeeding and genetics, citrus, genomics
  • Curt Hannah- maize molecular genetics and physiology; emphasis on the starch biosynthetic pathway
  • Andrew Hanson –  metabolic biochemistry and comparative genomics
  • Harry Klee –  genetics of fruit ripening and quality
  • Karen Koch- physiology and genetics of sugar metabolism, sensing, and partitioning
  • Donald McCarty –  maize genetics
  • Patricio Munoz - blueberry, breeding and genomics, and quantitative genetics
  • Anna-Lisa Paul - space biology, transcriptomics, chromatin structure
  • Bala Rathinasabapathi –  arsenic hyperaccumulation in ferns; metabolic engineering for stress tolerance; stress in biofuel algae
  • Mark Settles –  signaling in seed development; functional genomics in maize
  • Eduardo Vallejos –  bean genetics and genomics