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e-GRO Welcomes Three New Team Members

Thu, Jan 21st, 2021, created by W. Garrett Owen

The e-GRO team continues to grow! We would like to introduce our newest e-GRO members, Drs. Chieri Kubota, Alicia Rihn, and Debalina Saha.

            Dr. Chieri Kubota is a Professor of Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science at the Ohio State University. Her research program specializes in CEA that encompasses plant physiology and horticultural engineering to enhance understanding and efficiency of CEA plant production systems such as greenhouses, warehouses (vertical farms), and growth chambers. Her research areas include plant production under controlled environments, value added crop production, transplant production technologies, vegetable grafting, and hydroponic/soilless production.

Dr. Alicia Rihn is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at The University of Tennessee specializing in nursery, greenhouse, and specialty crops. Her position is split between research and extension. Her background merges horticultural science with behavioral economics to address questions related to consumer behavior, value-added attributes, niche markets, retail promotions, and other opportunities and challenges in the specialty crops industry.

            Dr. Debalina Saha is an Assistant Professor of Ornamental Weed Management in the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University. She has an appointment in research, teaching and extension. Debalina provides statewide weed identification and management recommendations for ornamental plant production in greenhouses, nurseries, landscapes, and in Christmas tree production. The primary goal of her research program is to improve upon current weed control practices and develop new effective methods of weed control using integrated approach that involves both chemical and non-chemical strategies.

Welcome Chieri, Alicia, and Debalina!

About the Author:

W. Garrett Owen

Assistant Professor and Greenhouse Extension Specialist , University of Kentucky

W. Garrett Owen is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist of floriculture, greenhouse and controlled-environment crop production in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Kentucky. He has an appointment in research, teaching and Extension. His area of expertise is controlled environment specialty crop production; plant nutrition; plant growth regulation; and production problem diagnostics.

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