Horticultural Sciences Department

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Plant Physiology and Biochemistry

Plant physiology and biochemistry make up the backbone of successful horticultural production, and our plant physiology/biochemistry research programs cover a range of areas from whole-plant physiology to plant metabolism and enzymology. 

Florida’s climatic diversity and the facilities at UF provide opportunities for research with temperate, sub-tropical, and tropical crops on a nearly year-round basis. 

Collaborations with faculty in several departments university-wide showcase integrated research projects that address important issues in plant physiology and biochemistry. 

For more information on these programs, see below:

  • Rebecca Darnell –  Woody plant physiology, nitrogen/iron uptake and assimilation
  • Kevin Folta –  Functional genomics of small fruit crops; plant transformation, photomorphogenesis and flowering
  • 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
  • Bala Rathinasabapathi  –  Arsenic hyperaccumulation in ferns; metabolic engineering for stress tolerance; stress in biofuel algae
  • Bruce Schaffer –  Ecophysiology of subtropical and tropical horticultural crops with emphasis on fruit crops; increasing compatibility between agricultural and natural ecosystems.
  • Eduardo Vallejos –  Bean genetics and genomics