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Horticulture & Human Health

Our research focus and efforts include both fundamental studies to understand the effects of production systems and environmental stresses on health-promoting antioxidants and secondary metabolites (phytochemicals) in food crops and applied studies to understand the effectiveness of gardening as a tool for health promotion or maintenance.

Fundamental studies use a wide range of approaches including those that aim at the molecular, cellular, and whole plant level. Studies are being conducted to develop strategies to use environmental stresses and biotechnology tools to augment health-promoting phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables.

Check out the research focus of our faculty members listed to the right.

Recent Publications

Recent Publications of our Horticulture and Human Health Faculty and Graduate Students
(Graduate students are indicated with an asterisk)

Park*, Sin-Ae, Kwan-Suk Lee, Ki-Cheol Son and Candice Shoemaker. 2012. Metabolic Cost of Horticulture Activities in Older Adults. J Japan Soc Hort Sci 81(3): 295-299

Shoemaker, Candice A. 2012. Using a Social-Ecological Model in Development of Treatment Programs that Target Behavior Change. Acta Horticulturae 954: 77-82.

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Sunghun Park
Environmental stresses, cell physiology, and plant biotechnology

Channa Rajashekar
Environmental stresses and molecular biology

Candice Shoemaker
Gardening for health

Cary Rivard
Production systems and phytochemicals


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