Paul A. Thomas Professor; Areas of Interest: Floriculture Horticulture
Mailing Address Athens, CAES Campus 330 Hoke Smith Building, Athens, GA 30602-4356

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Research Activities

Research focus: Making LED lighting more cost effective, and integrated in greenhouse production. Automated, sensor-based irrigation systems for application in Green Industry production systems, Seed germination of Native Plants - Asclepias, Using Chlorophyll Fluorescence to assess Orchid root responses to irrigation with Ice.

Research topics

  • Automating irrigation control in greenhouses and nurseries 2005 - 2015.
  • Response by Phalaenopsis roots to Ice Irrigation regimes. 2015 - Present
  • Control of LED lighting based on plant physiological principles 2014 - Present


B.S., Botany Southern Illinois University
M.Sc. Plant and Soil Science, Southern Illinois University
Ph.D. Plant Physiology, The Pennsylvania State University

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