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. 

Programs

Extension
Research
Cultivars
Associate Professor, Ornamental Plant Breeding and Genetics
Dr. Zhanao Deng - ornamental breeding

Contact

  • Rm. 166
  • Gulf Coast Research and Education Center
  • 14625 County Road 672
  • Wimauma, FL 33598
  • zdeng@ufl.edu
  • Education
      • Ph.D., Horticulture (Plant Breeding and Genetics), Huazhong Agricultural University, 1988
      • M.S., Horticulture (Plant Breeding and Genetics), Huazhong Agricultural University, 1985
      • B.S., Horticulture (Pomology), Sichuan Agricultural University, 1982
  • Publications
  • Recent Service and Honors
      • UF/IFAS Plant Breeders Workgroup secretary, 2013-2016  
      • UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences graduate scholarships and awards committee, 2012-present
      • American Society of Horticultural Science cross-commodity publication award committee, 2013-2016
      • American Society of Horticultural Science outstanding international horticulturist award committee, 2012-2015
      • South China Agricultural University ‘Ding Ying’ guest professor, 2013-2015