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.


Assistant Professor Breeding—Strawberries
Dr. Vance M. Whitaker, strawberry breeder


  • Rm 169
  • Gulf Coast Research and Education Center
  • 14625 CR 672
  • Wimauma, FL 33598
  • vwhitaker@ufl.edu
  • Education
      • Ph.D.  Plant Breeding and Molecular Genetics  University of Minnesota  2009
      • M.S.  Plant Breeding  University of Minnesota  2006
      • B.S.  Horticultural Science  N.C. State University  2003
      • B.S.  Agricultural Business Management  N.C. State University  2003
  • Publications
  • Recent Service and Honors
      • American Society for Horticultural Science, Fruit Breeding Working Group President, 2012-13
      • UF/IFAS Richard Jones Outstanding New Researcher Award, 2012
      • Honorary Professor, Beijing Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, 2012
      • Member of U.S. Rosaceae Genomics, Genetics and Breeding Executive Committee, 2011-12
      • Florida Representative to the USDA CSREES Coordinating Committee for Small Fruit and Viticulture Research, 2009-12