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Graduate studies and research areas
For general descriptions of areas of research in the department and links to the faculty interested in those areas, see the following list. 

Horticulture
            Container media
            Controlled environment agriculture
            Crop genetic improvement
            Floriculture
            Greenhouse and Nursery irrigation and nutrient management
            Plant propagation

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
            Entomology
            Turfgrass pathology

Landscape architecture
            Community development
            Computers in landscape architecture
            Design communication
            Land use planning
            Landscape architectural history
            Sustainable design

Plant Physiology, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
            Crop genetic improvement
            Ion transport
            Plant biotechnology
            Plant growth regulation
            Plant - microbe interactions
            Plant mineral nutrition
            Plant pathology - (no faculty available at this time)

Turfgrass and Soil Science
            Soil chemistry
            Soil, environment, and land use
            Sustainable agriculture
            Turfgrass pathology
            Turfgrass science
            Urban and Sports Turf Soils
            Water resources

Community development

Methods for creating economically, culturally and environmentally healthy communities through a ‘green infrastructure’ approach that incorporates parks, greenways, streetscape, urban forestry, and civic open space with other types of development.  Contact faculty:  Alexopoulos, Miniutti, Schwab, Westa

Computers in landscape architecture

Study of the use of digital media in the development and communication of design and planning projects. Contact faculty:  Westa

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Container media

Physical, chemical and biological properties of soilless potting mixes in relation to greenhouse and nursery crop production systems. Contact faculty: Elliott

Controlled environment agriculture

Effects of environmental factors, including light, temperature, carbon dioxide, and water stress, on crop growth, development and metabolic activity. Contact faculty: Elliott, McAvoy

Design communication

Study of the conception, development and articulation of design form through  2-d and 3-d graphics, layered and projected drawing systems, and model-making.  Contact faculty:  Schwab, Westa

Design pedagogy

Methods for teaching visual and spatial concepts, computer media, design drawing. Contact faculty: Alexopoulos, Miniutti, Schwab, Westa

Entomology

Insect pests of horticultural crops.  Interactions among plants, pests, and biological controls. Contact faculty: Legrand

Floriculture

Cultural requirements, nutrition, temperature manipulation, new plant development, breeding, and environmental control. Contact faculty: Elliott, McAvoy

Crop genetic improvement

Conventional and molecular approaches to introduce desirable genetic characteristics into economically important plants for the purpose of developing new and improved crops. Contact faculty:  Li, McAvoy

Integrated pest management (IPM)

Effectively controlling pests while minimizing costs and adverse effects on the environment. Emphasis on disease, insect and weed IPM in the development of pest monitoring systems, population dynamics, and biological, cultural, and chemical control. Contact faculty: Legrand

Invasive ornamental plant management

Creation of sterile form of important invasive species, investigation of native alternative plants and study of invasive plant biology and genetics. Contact faculty: Brand

Ion transport

Structure and function of membrane channels. Contact faculty: Berkowitz

Irrigation and nutrient management

Management of the plant root zone in relation to greenhouse and nursery crop production systems.
Contact faculty: Elliott


Landscape architecture

Design theory, design patterns in the landscape, sustainable environments, and computer modelling in the design process. Contact faculty: Alexopoulos, Miniutti, Schwab, Westa
Land use planning:  Methods for inventory and analysis of land resources, conservation and development goal-setting and guidelines, and land use plan formulation and associated regulatory policy. Contact faculty: Miniutti

Landscape architectural history:  Study of the development of urban parks systems; the Connecticut legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted. Contact faculty: Alexopoulos
Plant biotechnology
Micropropagation and gene transfer. Risk assessment for biotechnology. Contact Faculty: Auer, Berkowitz, Brand, Li

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Plant growth regulation

Biochemistry and physiology of the role of plant hormones in controlling plant growth and development.  Use of exogenous plant growth regulators in crop production. Contact faculty: Auer, Berkowitz, Brand, McAvoy

Plant-microbe interactions

Bacterial gene expression and molecular processes related to plant pathogenesis. Interactions of plants, growing media and microbial inoculants in suppressing pathogens and alleviating abiotic stresses. Contact faculty: Berkowitz, Elliott

Plant mineral nutrition
 
Accumulation, partitioning, transport and the utilization of mineral nutrients by plants, including fertilization requirements, physiology and impact on quality.  Contact faculty: Berkowitz, Elliott, Guillard

Plant pathology

Biology and control of plant diseases. Contact faculty: None available at present

Plant propagation

Physiological, anatomical, environmental and seasonal aspects of plant propagation. Emphasis is on ornamental plants. Contact faculty: Brand

Soil chemistry

Chemical reactions occurring in the soil matrix. Competitive mechanisms that immobilize nutrients and contaminants in soils. Basic chemical principles that affect soil pollution and remediation strategies. Contact faculty: Morris, Schulthess

Soil, environment and land use
Application of soil science to environmental and land use problems. These include soil-landscape relationships, characterizations of the physical and chemical properties of soils, nutrient management, and soil morphology and classification. Contact faculty: Guillard, Morris, Schulthess

Sustainable agriculture

Integrating ecology, economics, and/or environmental issues with the sustainable production of agriculturally-important plants. Emphasis is placed on reducing chemical inputs. Development of best management practices (BMPs) for field, greenhouse, container-grown, and homeowner lawn systems. Contact faculty: Brand, Elliott, Guillard, McAvoy, Legrand, Morris
Sustainable design:  Theory, case study and design methods for context-informed site design; the relationship of cultural and ecological factors in sustainable development; best stormwater management practices.  Contact faculty: Schwab
Turfgrass Pathology
Disease management relating to intensely managed turfgrass systems including golf courses and athletic fields.  Emphasis on pathogen biology, disease epidemiology and cultural, biological and chemical controls. 
Contact faculty: Inguagiato


Turfgrass science 
Turfgrass management and its effects on turfgrass communities and environmental quality. Contact faculty: Guillard, Henderson, Morris

Urban and Sports Turf Soils
Root zone management, and alternative construction methods for tees, greens, and athletic fields. 
Contact faculty:  Henderson


Water resources
Chemical and physical processes associated with surface and ground water interactions in turf.
Contact faculty: Guillard


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