New faculty
 Faculty awards
 Agronomy Department social
 Sad news

Group Title: AgroGator
Title: AgroGator. Volume 11, Issue 1. Spring 2001.
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00066345/00006
 Material Information
Title: AgroGator. Volume 11, Issue 1. Spring 2001.
Uniform Title: AgroGator
Physical Description: Serial
Creator: Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Affiliation: University of Florida -- College of Agricultural and Life Sciences -- Department of Agronomy -- Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Publisher: Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publication Date: Spring 2001
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Bibliographic ID: UF00066345
Volume ID: VID00006
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Table of Contents
    New faculty
        Page 1
    Faculty awards
        Page 2
    Agronomy Department social
        Page 3
    Sad news
        Page 4
Full Text


Volme levn 3 o Isse On Sprming 2001

FLORIDA New Faculty
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences


Arrowleal Clover
Dr. Ken Quesenberry and coop-
erators are investigating the po-
tential use of the Florida native
species buffalo clover (Trifolium
;.. ... 1,11 L.) as ground cover for
public lands and highways, as
well as a forage plant. This re-
search is an example of agronomy
faculty seeking new uses of plants
to enhance the opportunities for
Florida farmers.
We invite all faculty and staff
to share their research with us.
-Alison and Eunice

Faculty awards ................ 2
Faculty travel .................. 2
Agronomy social .............. 3
Student news ................. 3
Calendar events ............... 3
New staff ....................... 3
Spud ............................... 4
Alumni news .................. 4

Dr. Fredy Altpeter has accepted the position
of Assistant Professor-Molecular Physiologist
and will join the Agronomy faculty in
Gainesville in December. Dr. Altpeter received
his Ph.D. from the University of Hohenheim
in Germany in 1994. He spent three years at
the University of Florida on a Postdoctoral
Associate position working in the labora-
tory of Dr. Indra Vasil. Since 1997, Dr.
Altpeter has served as Research Coordinator/
Group Leader at the Institute of Plant Genet-
ics and Crops Research in Gatersleben, Ger-
many. Dr. Altpeter has extensive experience
with the molecular biology and transforma-
tion of grasses, a major focus of the new posi-

Dr. Andrew Bennett has accepted the po-
sition of Assistant Professor-Weed Scientist at
the Everglades Research and Education Cen-
ter in Belle Glade. Dr. Bennett will be a mem-
ber of the Agronomy faculty. Dr. Bennett re-
ceived his Ph.D. from Mississippi State Uni-
versity in 1999. He served as a Research As-
sociate in the Crop Science Department at
North Carolina State University where he co-
ordinated the HADSS (Herbicide Application
Decision Support System) evaluation and test-
ing program. Dr. Bennett has expertise with
field-level testing and evaluation of weed man-
agement systems as well as decision support
systems. He will assume duties in early Au-

When Duty Calls, Clark Responds!
for the protection of mili-
tary ships and other high
value assets operating in
the near shore, littoral
zones outside the conti-
nental United States. Dan
was deployed to active
duty involuntarily under
a Presidential Selective
Recall to provide U.S.
Navy Fifth Fleet force
protection and counter-
terrorism in Southwest
Asia. He was recalled to
active duty on May 7 and
returned to the U.S. on
June 22, ending 56 days

Graduate Student in Action. Lieutenant of active duty on July 1.
Daniel W. Clark (pictured) of the U.S. Coast Dan acted as the Deputy Mission Con-
Guard at the bow, secures our waters. mander of Port Security Operations, re-
Dan is a member of Port Security Unit sponsible for supervising boat operations,
307, one of six Coast Guard Units responsible Clark continued on page 4



Spring 2001

Faculty Awards

Jerry Bennett, Alison Fox and Kenneth Boote (L-R)

The Agronomy Department almost
made a clean sweep of the Univer-
sity of Florida Chapter of Gamma
Sigma Delta Faculty awards, presented at
the annual Awards and Initiation Banquet
in the Reitz Union Ballroom on March 29,
Jerry Bennett received the Distin-
guished Leadership Award of Merit. This
award is made annually to a UF/IFAS ad-
ministrator who has made distinct contri-
butions to agriculture and/or natural re-

AgroGator is published semiannually for the
faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the
Agronomy Department.

sources through leadership at the level of
Unit Administrator or higher.
Ken Boote shared the Senior Faculty
Award of Merit with Lynn Bailey of the
Food Science and Human Nutrition De-
partment. This award is given annually to
a faculty member who has made distinct
contributions to agriculture and/or natu-
ral resources through teaching, research,
extension, and/or administration. (Lynn
also won the International GSD Award of

Agronomy Department
College of Agricultural and Life
Institute of Food and Agricultural

Dr. Jerry Bennett
Dr. Alison Fox

Alison Fox was presented with the
Junior Faculty Award of Merit. This award
is made annually to a faculty member who
has made distinct contributions to agricul-
ture and/or natural resources through teach-
ing, research, extension, and/or administra-
tion. The recipient of the Junior Faculty
Award shall have held a faculty position
for no more than 12 years and shall be 45
years of age or younger on January 1 of
the year the award is presented.
Each award recipient was recognized
at the banquet with a biographical slide-
show and a framed certificate. During the
2001/02 academic year, Ken and Alison
will present seminars that are sponsored
by Gamma Sigma Delta.
Much of the credit for the success of
Agronomy faculty in achieving these
awards should go to the Department's
Awards and Recognition Committee. Un-
der the leadership of Raymond Gallaher,
this committee was very active in ensur-
ing that our faculty were nominated for
GSD awards. \.

In February, Carrol Chambliss, Ken
Quesenberry, and Lynn Sollenberger at-
tended the XIX International Grasslands
Congress in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Ken pre-
sented an invited paper, and Lynn was able
to visit some forage research centers in
southern Brazil.
Clif Hiebsch visited Rome, Italy in
April to present a seminar and meet with
nutritionists and agriculturalists at the
United Nations Food and Agriculture Or-
In May, Ken Boote traveled to Lugo,
Spain to collaborate on crop models with
Dr. Federico Sau at the Universidade de
Santiago de Compostela.

Eunice Mobley
Design & Layout
Traci Durden
P.O. Box 110500
Gainesville, Florida 32611-0500
Fax: 352-392-1840
AgroGator Online:

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Spring 2001


were honored for academic excellence at
the University, State and national level.
Several staff were honored for years of
service and in recognition of commitment
to the department, IFAS, and the Univer-
sity. New members of the Agronomy
"family" were introduced and we were
happy to see several retired faculty join
in the festivities. This social was one of
the best attended in some years and we
hope to make it a happily anticipated event
in the future.

Student News...
>-V I^

In January 2001, Chris Main won first
place in the graduate student contest, Ag-
ronomic Crops Section IB at the annual
meeting of the Southern Weed Science
Society, held in Biloxi, Mississippi. The
paper, presented by Chris Main and Joyce
Tredaway, was on the "Effect of
diclosulam and flumioxazin on the three
runner-type peanut varieties."
In June 2001, Scott Tubbs won first
prize for his presentation on the "Impact
of varieties, herbicides, and multiple crop-
ping systems on strip-till peanut," and
Jean Thomas won second prize for her
paper titled "Elevated temperature and
carbon dioxide affects composition and
gene expression in soybean seed." Both
of these papers were part of the Crops and
Pest Management Section of the 61"t An-
nual Meeting of the Soil and Crop Sci-
ence Society of Florida, in Stuart, FL.
Lyn A. Gettys, a West Palm Beach
native, will begin graduate studies for a
Ph.D. in the Agronomy Department this
fall as a University of Florida Outstand-
ing Alumni Fellow. Lyn attended the Uni-
versity of Florida's Fort Lauderdale sat-
ellite campus (FLREC) and earned a
Bachelor of Science with highest honors
in Environmental Horticulture in Decem-

ber 1996. Lyn graduated from North
Carolina State University in December
2000 with a Master of Science in Horti-
cultural Science (Plant Breeding). Lyn
has been working at the FLREC in the
aquatic plant research program of David
Sutton since January. Lyn will conduct
research on plant breeding with picker-
elweed for her dissertation research un-
der the direction of David Sutton and
David Wofford.

New Officers:
President-Leslie Demchenko
Vice President-Cliff Starling
Treasurer-Thaddeus Hunt
Secretary-Johanna Welch


The annual Agronomy and Soil anld.
Water Science Departments' B.iifl.(
and Fish Fry will be held on Friday, UOc-
tober 5, 2001 at the Livestock Pavilion.
This year's Agronomy Holiday Party
will be held on Friday, December 7, 2001
at the Austin Cary Forest Conference Fa-

Agronomy Department Social

0O n March 20, 2001, Agronomy held
its annual Departmental Social. In a
slightly different format, we celebrated ac-
complishments of both students and staff
of the department. Individual students s

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C. Shane Bray works
with Joyce Tredaway
as her "ace flunkyk"
(Shane's humor), and
biological scientist.
His work will focus
on herbicide evalua-
tions. He comes to
Agronomy from Mississippi State Uni-
versity, where he received a Master's de-
gree in Weed Science; he received his
Bachelor's degree in Agri-Business at the
University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Shane plans to begin the Ph.D. program
this fall to continue his study of weed
Shane is a recent newlywed to
Ashley Hull, who is looking for an ac-
countant position. He would appreciate
any leads. We welcome Shane to the
Agronomy family!

Lanying Wen works with Maria Gallo-
Meagher as a senior
biological scientist.
She will participate in
projects involving the
reduction of peanut al -
lergens, analyzing the
expression patterns (.1
the peanut genes con-
trolling allergen pro-
duction, identifying genes that suppress
these gene products, and eventually
modifying peanuts with reduced aller-
gen content.
Lanying received a B.S. degree in
Agronomy from Hua-Zhong Agricul-
tural University in Wuhan, her M.S. from
the Chinese Academy of Agricultural
Sciences in Beijing and her Ph.D. from
John Innes Institute in Norwich, En-
She describes her husband Joe
Zeigler as a "computer genius" who
solves her computer problems without
pay. He is also her "personal pilot" who
takes her wherever she wants to visit; to-
gether they share their happiness with
15 cats. Lanying describes herself as a
"curious person" who enjoys reading:
"the more I learn," she says "the more I
want to know." Welcome to Agronomy,



Spring 2001

Sad News
Clark...Armed and Dangerous? Spud everyone's best friend at the Agronomy Green Acres Re-
search Farm, was put to sleep on May 21, 2001. As those of you
who spent time at the research site know, Spud was Rick Hill's
.. ---.- dog and came to the farm every day for 10 years. After a week-
S end under the oak tree, Spud was always ready to get back to the
S." farm on Monday morning.

Daniel O'Byrne (1986 B.S.) is an Insecticides Project Man-
ager at the BASF Corporation. He has relocated from Mem-
phis, Tennessee to Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.
Chandra Reddy (1982, Ph.D.), a three-term faculty sen-
Clark continued from page 1 ate president at Alabama A&M University, was recently ap-
physical security, administration and training of "Detachment pointed to the university's Board of Trustees, a position that
Charlie," the name given to the Coast Guard members assigned facilitates his participation on academic, financial, research and
for the deployment, development, and student affairs sub-committes of the Board.
Dan said that it was a very educational experience, and he Greg Rusland (1987, Ph.D.) is the new chairman of the
was happy to provide counter-terrorism and waterborne protec- board and the President of the University of Suriname (South
tion to the U.S. sailors and Marines on the ships transiting the America). He is currently pursuing a three-way cooperation
area. with the University of Florida and the University of Utrecht in
When not serving his country, Dan works on his M.S. with the Netherlands.
Dr. Randall Stocker in Agronomy.

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activities within the Department and news of alumni and friends. Send us information on your recent activities
and we will be pleased to include them in future newsletters.

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