Dr. Vance M. Whitaker
Assistant Professor Breeding—Strawberries
Dr. Whitaker develops new strawberry cultivars for Florida. Breeding and selection is enhanced by the genetic characterization of traits and through collaborative research with UF and other researchers in areas including genomics, pathology, production techniques and postharvest quality. 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.