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Ashrafi, Hudson

Associate Professor Horticultural Science
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Hudson has a BS in Agronomy and Plant Breeding and an MS in Plant Breeding. He received his Ph.D. from Penn State University in 2007 in Plant Breeding and Genetics. He moved to UC Davis as a postdoc scholar in 2008, and a few years later, he worked at UC Davis as a senior scientist in bioinformatics. Hudson joined the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University as an assistant professor in April 2015. NC State has an excellent reputation for being one of the leading institutes in the US in plant breeding. Thus, NC State has given him a perfect opportunity to realize his dreams. There is a wealth of blueberry germplasm at NC State, and the blueberry program at NC State dates back to the 1950s. At the blueberry genomics lab at NC State, He incorporates genomics and bioinformatics tools into the traditional blueberry and muscadine breeding programs. His lab uses genome and transcriptome sequencing to study genes involved in different biological processes, including flowering, fruit ripening, and biotic and abiotic stresses. He is teaching an undergraduate course in small fruit production and a graduate-level course in breeding with genomics.

Bioinformatics | Plant Breeding | Plant Genomics and Genetics | Plant Transformation/Regeneration | Food Engineering | Food Processing | Food Science | Molecular Biology | Plant Bioactives | Statistics | Structural Biology | Fruit and Vegetable Production | Plant Pathology
Country(s) of experience:
Canada | Costa Rica | Korea, South | Mexico | Morocco | Netherlands | Peru | Portugal | Spain | Tunisia | Turkey
Type(s) of International Experience:
Speaker at an international conference | Other international activities | Host for international faculty | Host for international post-doc
Research Focus:

Our research is focused on breeding for blueberries and cultivar development. Climate change, the global market, the labor for hand-picking, and fruit quality have had a large impact on our decision-making on the farm. On one hand, we select the genotypes that are late blooming to avoid cold spells in March when the blueberries are blooming, and on the other hand, we have to consider all other factors mentioned above in selecting the new genotypes. We believe traditional breeding has proven to work in the past and will work in the future. Marker-assisted breeding for woody plants works with traits that are controlled by single genes or QTLs with a large effect. Mapping QTLs will help identify markers that are linked to certain genes with large effects, however, yield and other more complex traits such as flavor and firmness require more quantitative approaches by the use of genomic selection models. 

English | French | Persian (Farsi)
Borlaug Fellowship Proposal Turkey – Apomixis in Gene Level Development project
07/04/2022 - 08/30/2023
Funding Agency/Sponsor: Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) | U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
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To study the conservation of Tunisian olives genetic resources and enhance the quality of olive oil by the use of molecular markers Research project
03/31/2021 - 02/28/2023
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USDA-FAS Borlaug – Scientific Research Exchange Program Turkey – Wheat Genetics Research project
01/01/2020 - 08/31/2021
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Institutional Partner: Ankara University, Turkey

BFP17 Morocco (Hamim) Biotech @NCSU Research project
08/15/2017 - 09/30/2019
Funding Agency/Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
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Project Collaborations:
A public private partnership to uncover genetic treasures in Rubus
01/01/2019 - 12/31/2026
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Institutional Partner: Cornell University, USA | University of Arkansas, USA | USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USA
Borlaug Fellowship Program - Tunisia Olive Conservation
03/31/2021 - 03/30/2023
Funding Agency/Sponsor: Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)
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Borlaug Fellowship Program - Morocco
01/01/2018 - 09/30/2019
Funding Agency/Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Institutional Partner: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), USA Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, USA