John M. Ruter Armitage Endowed Professor and Directior, Trial Gardens at UGA; Areas of Interest: Ornamental Breeding and Production Horticulture Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics (IPBGG)
Mailing Address Athens, CAES Campus 327 Hoke Smith Bldg., Athens, GA 30602

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Dr. Ruter currently has a 60% research, 30% teaching and 10% extension appointment. Prior to 2011, Dr. Ruter served as the Nursery Crop Research and Extension Specialist on The University of Georgia Tifton Campus. Classes taught include Environmental Issues in Horticulture and Herbaceous Plant Identification.

Research activities are focused on 1) herbaceous and woody ornamental plant breeding and selection, and 2) nursery crop production. Current research objectives for plant breeding and selection are:

  • To develop and evaluate new plants for southeastern landscapes which have unique horticultural characteristics or improved environmental tolerances.
  • Conversion and evaluation of polyploid conifers and herbaceous plants
  • Development of Camellia oleifera, Tea oil, as a new oil crop for the southeastern United States. Tea oil is a heart healthy oil for cooking that also has industrial and pharmacological uses. Click here to view summary article.




Date Obtained


Ornamental Horticulture

Calif. Poly. State Univ., San Luis Obispo



Orn. Hort. & Land. Design 

University of Tennessee



Horticultural Science 

University of Florida


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