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Fernandez, Gina E


Horticultural Science
gina_fernandez@ncsu.edu
919-513-7416
919-515-2505 fax
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Dr. Fernandez is the leader of the Caneberry and Strawberry Breeding Programs. 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 breeding. That program focuses on development of strawberries with excellend horticltural traits and resistance to diseases. Dr. Fernandez, is a partner on several federal grants focused on caneberry and strawberry breeding and cultural studies.


Expertise:
Plant Breeding | Extension | Plant Physiology | Fruit and Vegetable Production
Country(s) of experience:
Australia | Bolivia | Canada | Chile | China-Peoples Rep | Colombia | Ethiopia | Italy | Korea, South | Mexico | New Zealand | Serbia | South Africa | Spain | UK | 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
Research Focus:

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.


Language(s):
Spanish
Sabbaticals:
Sabbatical - South Africa
Year: 2010
Country: South Africa
Institution: University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa

Projects:
Development and assment of raspberry breeding populations for Chile Research project
11/30/2020 - 12/31/2030
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A public private partnership to uncover genetic treasures in Rubus Research project
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

Primo-Fruit: Transforming New Zealand Orchards into Annual Cropping Systems Research project
01/23/2017 - 01/31/2020
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Knowledge-breeding of raspberry and strawberry Training/Workshop
06/24/2018 - 07/02/2018
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Institutional Partner: China Agriculture University (CAU) Liaoning Institute of Pomology (LIP), China Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences (BAAFS), China

Developing the genomic infrastructure for breeding black raspberries Development project
01/01/2011 - 12/31/2014
Funding Agency/Sponsor: U.S. Department of AgricultureĀ (USDA)
Institutional Partner: Chungbuk National University (CBNU), South Korea Cornell University, USA

Raspberry Consultant Development project
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), USA

Reviewer for FP7, EU CORDIS Research project
01/01/2010 - 12/31/2010
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Production of NCSU cultivars outside of US Development project
08/28/2017 - 01/01/1900
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Commercialization of NCSU blackberry cultivar 'Von' internationally Development project
08/28/2017 - 01/01/1900
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