Dr. Vance M. Whitaker
Assistant Professor, Strawberry Breeding
Dr. Vance Whitaker develops new strawberry cultivars for Florida. Through collaborative research with University of Florida researchers and others in areas, such as genomics, pathology, production techniques and postharvest quality, strawberry breeding and selection is enhanced by the genetic characterization of traits.
Dr. Whitaker works closely with the industry and oversees the Strawberry Clean Plant Program, which generates virus-tested tissue cultures of new breeding selections as a source of clean nursery stock.