MAFES researcher spotlight – May 2024 – Dr. Stephanie Burnett

Stephanie Burnett, Associate Professor of Horticulture School of Food and Agriculture   How I got to UMaine/MAFES: I am originally from the Panhandle of Florida, and I was raised by an engineer and nurse. Our extended family has strong roots in farming and horticulture; my great grandparents owned a citrus orchard in central Florida, and […]

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Propagating, cultivating, and evaluating New England’s flora to enhance sustainability of the green industry

A thriving horticulture industry relies upon the assessment and introduction of dependable, attractive plants for the landscape. The introduction of nonnative plants comes with ecological risks, making evaluation and promotion of native plants an attractive alternative. The proposed research will support the ornamental and native plant segments of New England’s horticulture industry by generating practical […]

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Resource management in commercial greenhouse production

Horticulture, including the greenhouse industry, is vibrant and economically important. For example, in 2009, specialty crops were valued at $11.7 billion dollars according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Greenhouses allow specialty crop growers to grow in adverse climates and extend the growing season, which is particularly important in northern areas of the United States. […]

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