Dr. Samuel Hutton
Associate Professor of Horticulture
Dr. Samuel Hutton’s research focuses on developing improved tomato hybrids and parents adapted to Florida’s subtropical conditions and relevant to the Florida tomato industry.
His program emphasizes genetic characterization of important traits and utilization of molecular tools to more efficiently select for these during the breeding process. These efforts are supported through collaborations with the Florida tomato industry and with the University of Florida and other researchers in areas including pathology, entomology, genomics and postharvest.
Research in Dr. Hutton’s program focuses on germplasm improvement and cultivar development. Pre-breeding efforts emphasize introduction of novel traits from wild or unadapted germplasm into commercially relevant backgrounds. Breeding trials support the development and testing of improved parent lines and hybrids for cultivar release. Research areas include heat tolerant fruit setting; attributes to support mechanized harvest; improved flavor and quality; and resistance to many bacterial, fungal and viral pathogens.
Dr. Hutton’s extension activities aim to relay key research findings to public and private tomato breeders in Florida and elsewhere, and to inform growers and extension agents on research progress and on new UF/IFAS tomato varieties and their characteristics.
Molecular Lab Phone Number: 813-419-6609
Field Lab Phone Number: 813-419-6654
Staff Member Contact Information Ian Cheng, Grad Student email@example.com Dolly Cummings, Bio Scientist II firstname.lastname@example.org Tim Davis, Bio Scientist II email@example.com Leo Gaspar, Grad Student firstname.lastname@example.org Samuel Ipinyomi, Grad Student email@example.com Judith Lopez, Ag Assistant II firstname.lastname@example.org Chris Serville, OPS Tech Edgar Sierra, PostDoc email@example.com Kazuyo Ueda, Bio Scientist II firstname.lastname@example.org
Gulf Coast Research and Education Center
14625 County Road 672
Wimauma, FL 33598
- Ph.D. Horticulture, University of Florida, 2008
- M.S. Plant Breeding, University of Minnesota, 2004
- B.S. Agronomy, Mississippi State University, 2000
Professional Service and Awards
- Vance Publishing’s Second Annual 40 Under 40 Award, 2014
- Paul J. DiMare Foundation Term Professorship, Chair, 2010 – Present
- American Society for Horticultural Science, Vegetable Breeding Working Group Secretary, 2013–2014