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Faculty Directory - Burnett

Dr. Stephanie  Burnett

Research Area: Ornamental Horticulture


Phone: 207-581-2937

Office: 205 Deering Hall

Bio: Dr. Burnett received her B.S. in zoology (1997) and M.S. in horticulture (2000) from Auburn University.  She received her PhD in horticulture from the University of Georgia in 2004.  She is an Associate Professor of Horticulture.

Teaching:  PSE110 Introduction to Horticulture and Green Design; PSE215 Vegetable and Fruit Production (Coordinator); PSE219 SL: Herbaceous Landscape Plants; PSE415 Greenhouse Management

Current Research:  My research focuses on improving the efficiency and sustainability of greenhouse plant production. Since competition for available water resources will increase as the population increases, one research area focuses on improving irrigation efficiency. This may be done by determining the actual plant water needs and automating irrigation based on plant need. In addition, I am interested in developing production protocols for herbaceous perennials in commercial greenhouses and nurseries.

Recent Publications

Zhen, S. and S. Burnett. 2015. Effects of substrate volumetric water content on English lavender morphology and photosynthesis. HortScience (In Press).

Zhen, S., S. Burnett, M.E. Day, and M.W. van Iersel. 2014. Effects of substrate water content on morphology and physiology of rosemary, Canadian columbine, and cheddar pink. HortScience 49:486-492.

Papparozzi, E., N. Mattson, M. Grossman, and S. Burnett. 2013. Creative thinking, creative funding: Research, extension, and teaching consortiums – the 2013 National Floriculture Forum. HortTechnology 23:794-795.

Rothrock, M.J., Jr., Frantz, J.M., S. Burnett. 2012. Effect of volumetric water content and clover (Trifolium incarnatum) on the survival of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in a soil matrix. Current Microbio. 65:272-283.

Hawkins, G., S.E. Burnett, and L.B. Stack. 2012. Survey of consumer interest in organic, sustainable, and local bedding plants in Maine. HortTechnology 22:817-825.

Garland, K., S.E. Burnett, M. Day, and M.W. van Iersel. 2012. Influence of substrate water content and daily light integral on photosynthesis, water use efficiency, and morphology of Heuchera Americana. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 137:57-67.

Burnett, S.E., N. Mattson, B. Krug, and R. Lopez. 2011. Floriculture sustainability research coalition: Bringing the latest sustainability research to the industry. HortTechnology 21:692-693.

Kim, J., M.W. van Iersel, and S.E. Burnett. 2011. Estimating daily water use of two petunia cultivars based on plant and environmental factors. HortScience 46:1287-1293.

van Iersel, M.W., S. Dove, and S. Burnett. 2010. The use of soil moisture probes for improved uniformity and irrigation control in greenhouses. Acta Hort. 893:1049-1056.

Garland, K.F., S.E. Burnett, L.B. Stack, and D. Zhang. 2010. Influence of daily light integral on coleus morphology and leaf variegation. HortTechnology 20:929-933.

van Iersel, M.W., S. Dove, J.G. Kang, and S.E.Burnett. 2010. Growth and water use of petunia as affected by substrate water content and daily light integral. HortScience 45:277-282.

Burnett, S.E. and L.B. Stack. 2009. Survey of the organic bedding plant industry in Maine. HortTechnology 19:743-747.

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Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences
5722 Deering Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5722
Phone: (207) 581-2947 | Fax: (207) 581-2999
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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