InfoAg 2015 Speaker
Kevin M. Folta is a Professor and the Chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida. His research uses state-of-the-art genomics approaches to identify novel genes that control important traits in small fruits, and led the strawberry genome sequencing project- producing the 12th plant genome sequenced. His laboratory also examines how plants interact with the light environment, how specific wavelengths of light may be applied to control development of high-value crop traits. He has been recognized with several prestigious awards such as the NSF CAREER Award, the University of Florida Research Professorship, and the HHMI Distinguished Mentor Award. A key part of his program is communicating science to non-scientific audiences, and training scientists how to effectively communicate scientific or controversial topics. BS/MS Northern Illinois University 1989/1992, Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago, 1998.