Research Geneticist at USDA-ARS, U.S. National Arboretum
BBIG Co-Project Director and Plant Geneticist/Breeder with USDA-ARS, U.S. National Arboretum, Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit in Beltsville, MD. His research program focuses on development of improved woody ornamental landscape plants with superior ornamental value and that are tolerant to abiotic and biotic stress. For this project, Fred is leading efforts for boxwood blight resistance breeding and genetics research and extension activities. Fred will be utilizing the boxwood germplasm collection amassed at the U.S. National Arboretum to screen boxwood accessions for disease resistance, will develop screening assays, and study crossing and seed parameters to create new hybrids as part of a long-term breeding program to develop blight resistant boxwood cultivars.
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