Wrap Up: MREC’s Strong Attendance at ASHS 2019

The UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center’s (MREC) researchers and graduate students had strong attendance at this year’s American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) annual international conference.

The MREC team participated in panel sessions, gave presentations and presented posters about current their horticulture research, methods and findings.

MREC horticulture research areas presented on were:

  • Marketing & Economics
  • Weed Control
  • Water & Soil
  • Seed Germination
  • Plant Pathology & Disease
  • Breeding, Genetics & Biotechnology
  • Human Issues & Communications

Roger Kjelgren, MREC center director, gave a keynote speech entitled “Tree Response to Projected Global Change Temperature Increases Will Likely Vary With Species Water Use Strategy.”

Dr. Roger Kjelgren delivering the keynote speech at the 2019 ASHS annual conference in Las Vegas.

Kjelgren talked about how extreme drought and high temperatures will impact plant growth and water use. Global climate models suggest we will see more extreme weather conditions, so it is important to understand how plants react, their stomata in particular, to these future stressors. To see Kjelgren’s abstract click on this link.

MREC Presentations

Click on the presentations below to see the presentation abstracts of MREC researchers and graduate students:

More About the Conference

The 2019 ASHS conference took place in Lase Vegas from July 21-25. The conference focused on sharing ideas and methods in horticulture research, production and education for scientists, students and industry.

The entrance to the 2019 ASHS annual conference, relatively quiet when presentations are in session.

The 2019 ASHS Student Education and Career Day was held on July 21 with the theme Growing Horticulturists: Being Successful in Your Career. The afternoon event gave undergraduate and graduate students and new professionals the opportunity to attend workshops focused on leadership, workplace emotional intelligence, networking and work-life balance.

A panel made up of academic and industry young professionals also gave words of advice to attendees from their experience of transitioning into a new job after university and what to expect in their respective fields.

In addition, a 90-minute session with two tracks (academic and commercial) were offered that focused on academic and commercial careers so students could get tailored advice to support their future career goals.

Thank you ASHS for hosting such a great event! The MREC team is excited for next year’s conference.

For more information about ASHS, follow this link.

 

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