Fernandez, Gina E

Horticultural Science
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Dr. Fernandez became the leader of the Caneberry Breeding Program in 2004. The primary focus of the caneberry program is to develop heat tolerant raspberry varieties that have a high chilling requirement. Her team has mapped heat tolerance, high chilling and primocane fruiting trait QTL’s in red raspberry. She also conducts research in sustainable strawberry production systems at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems. Dr. Fernandez, is a partner on several federal grants focused on caneberry breeding and strawberry cultural studies. In the spring of 2014, she became leader of the strawberry breeding program. The focus of that program is to develop high quality, high yielding, disease resistant strawberries for the southern US.

  Plant Breeding | Extension | Plant Physiology | Fruit and Vegetable Production
Country(s) of experience:
  Australia | Bolivia | Canada | Chile | Colombia | Ethiopia | Italy | Mexico | Serbia | South Africa | Spain | United Kingdom | Uruguay
Type(s) of International Experience:
  Researcher in an international project | Extension provider in an international project | Instructor at an academic institution overseas | Speaker at an international conference | Visiting faculty | Other international activities | International consultant | Advisor for international students | Host for international faculty | Host for international post-doc
  Sabbatical - South Africa
Year: 2010
Country: South Africa
Institution: University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa
  Developing raspberries for the South-East US and Mexico
01/01/2008 - 12/31/2016
Funding Agency/Sponsor:
Institutional Partner: SunnyRidge Farm, USA
  Developing the genomic infrastructure for breeding black raspberries
01/01/2011 - 12/31/2014
Funding Agency/Sponsor: U.S. Department of AgricultureĀ (USDA)
Institutional Partner: Chonbuk National University (CBNU), South Korea | Cornell University, USA
  Raspberry Consultant
01/01/2010 - 12/31/2011
Funding Agency/Sponsor: U.S. Agency for International DevelopmentĀ (USAID)
Institutional Partner: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  Reviewer for FP7, EU CORDIS
01/01/2010 - 12/31/2010
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