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Dr. Kevin Kenworthy

Interim Chair and Professor, Plant Breeding & Molecular Genetics

Dr. Kenworthy serves as the lead investigator for two major breeding research programs currently underway as a joint effort between the Turfgrass Producers of Florida, Florida Foundation Seed Producers (FFSP), and Sod Solutions.  Kenworthy developed the programs with grower input to be responsive to the needs of the industry and included scientists from related departments such as entomology and plant pathology.  These efforts resulted in holistic programs that are able to assess for specific traits or problems and to identify potential issues before a grass is released.  He was also instrumental in securing grants for two Specialty Crops Research Initiative (SCRI) programs focused on developing cultivars with better drought and salinity tolerance.  Those programs brought together breeders and researchers from multiple disciplines at five southern region universities, including UF, to exchange materials for testing under a wide variety of conditions. 

Kenworthy - Faculty Photo

Contact Information

kenworth@ufl.edu

352-262-8719

Office:
Main Campus
Building 350
Gainesville, FL 32611

Mailing Address:
Main Campus
PO Box 110500
Building 350
Gainesville, FL 32611

  • Teaching

    AGR 6325 Plant Breeding Techniques

    Graduate students learn through direct interaction from ten plant breeders and improve their writing skills through required written reports.

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