AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY IN EXTENSION, RESEARCH, TEACHING
The primary function of my program is to create and maintain a bridge between The Ohio State University in general, the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science in particular and the Ohio commercial floriculture industry by developing channels of communication and education.
I have established a program based on three premises: encourage open discussion with growers and members of the floriculture industry in order to discover their goals and concerns; deliver service that adds value to the industry and meets the universitys mission; and provide growers and members of the industry with the knowledge necessary to achieve their goals and compete effectively in the marketplace.
I implement this program by creating effective ways of communicating (newsletters, oral
presentations, grower visits), using technology where effective (e-mail, internet); learning opportunities such as hands on workshops; and gathering information relevant to the industry (variety trials).
My research interests are related to the development of new crop production technologies such as the use of temperature for crop timing and the application of plant growth regulators directly to seeds to control plug height. I am slowly moving in the area of fertility of container-greenhouse crops, specifically, to increase the use of controlled release fertilizers in this industry.
Occasional guest lecturer.
1999 - present: Associate Professor, The Ohio State University
1994 - 1998: Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University
In addition to the above listed articles many more were published in the OHIO FLORICULTURE
On Line newsletter: http://floriculture.osu.edu.
I teach, every other year, a floriculture graduate course for the Graduate School of the Agricultural College in National University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. This is a intensive two weeks (morning and afternoons) course. I have thought this class four times (the first in 1997 and the last in 2004).