Horticulture Spring Seminar Schedule

311 Latham Hall, 4-5pm every Tuesday

 Date Presenter Seminar Title
Feb. 06 Danyang Liu Optimizing anaerobic soil disinfestation for Virginia strawberry production
Feb. 13 TBA TBA
Feb. 20 Cody Wyatt Kiefer The role of forest structure on rainfall capture in urban forest systems
Feb. 27 Tej Prasad Acharya Water requirement and use efficiency in Brussel production under rowocover in comparison to open field condition
Mar. 6 Dr. Sherif M. Sherif (HORT) Research strategies for maximizing the production and profitability of fruit crops in Virginia
Mar. 13 Dr. Song Li(CSES) Predicting regulatory networks in plant development and stress responses using machine learning
Mar. 20 Zhibo Wang Xanthomonas euvescatora triggered distinct immunity on host and nonhost plants
Mar. 27 Dr. Aure Bombarely (HORT) Genome Evolution and Phenotypic Diversity during Plant Domestication using Ornamental Crops as Study Models
Apr. 03 Kunru Wang Phytotoxin has a key role to help Acidovarax citrlli colonize on leaf surface of watermelon plants
Apr. 10 Barslund Judd Characterization of Nutrient Deficiencies and Foliar Nutrient Sufficiency Ranges in Hops
Apr. 17 Dr. Bin Xu (NAU) Extending leaf greenness period for better turf and forage grasses
Apr. 24 Fran de la Mota Water Fluxes in Soil-Pavement Systems: Integrating Trees, Soils and Infrastructure

February Events

Thursday, February 22nd
The Roy E. Blaser Distinguished Lecture
4:30pm – Inn at Virginia Tech in Assembly Hall

Dr. Jan Low will be the speaker and the title of her talk is Building the Evidence and New Methods to Make Biofortified Sweetpotato Viable in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Low is currently a principal scientist with the International Potato Center (CIP), based in their regional office for Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.  She manages the Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa (SASHA) project and co-leads the Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative (SPHI) with the director of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).  In 2016, along with two other CIP sweetpotato breeders and Dr. Howarth Bouis of HarvestPlus, Dr. Low was awarded the World Food Prize for her work on biofortification.

Reception following the Blaser Lecture
Approximately 5:30pm – Inn at Virginia Tech in Solitude

Will include heavy appetizers and a cash bar (one drink ticket per person will be provided on behalf of SPES)


Friday, February 23rd
School of Plant and Environmental Sciences Graduate Student Research Symposium
10am-noon in the Graduate Life Center’s Multipurpose Room
The three departments which will soon be the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences (SPES), will be hosting a Graduate Student Research Symposium. Graduate students from the three departments will showcase their research through a poster presentation. Light breakfast foods and refreshments will be available.

We hope you can join us for some or all of these events!
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Horticulture Hokies Win 2nd Place at the Inn’s Fashion for Evergreens

Congratulations to Barbara Leshyn and Lisa Lipsey! The tree they decorated for the VT Inn’s Fashion for Evergreens contest won 2nd place!! There were approximately 20 trees decorated by different local organizations. Check them all out here: VT Inn Fashion for Evergreen Facebook album.