Dr. Zhanao Deng
Associate Professor, Ornamental Plant Breeding and Genetics
Dr. Deng develops new ornamental plant cultivars for Florida growers and consumers. Current breeding efforts are directed toward the development and release of new caladium and gerbera cultivars, genetic sterilization of lantana and nandina, and evaluation and selection of superior Florida-native plants. Research activities are geared toward understanding inheritance of horticultural and aesthetic traits important to Florida growers and consumers, investigating genetic bases for disease resistance traits, developing new genetic, genomic, and molecular tools for increased breeding efficiency, and applying new biotechnological advances to ornamental plant breeding and genetics.