Monday, March 4, 2019 at 12:20pm to 1:10pm
Horticulture, Cornell University
Neil Mattson is an Associate Professor in the Horticulture Section in the School of Integrative Plant Science. Mattson received his Doctorate from UC Davis in 2007. In 2013, he became an inducted member of Pi Alpha Xi, a National Honor Society for floriculture, landscape horticulture and ornamental horticulture. He was also named one of the 40 under 40 leaders in horticulture/floriculture by Green Product News (GPN) magazine in 2015.
The central theme of my research program is to understand the influence of environmental factors and cultural practices on the physiology, development, and biochemical characteristics of floriculture crops. Of particular focus is the influence of water quality, rhizosphere conditions, and nutrient availability on the physiology of herbaceous ornamental plants. My research program aims to solve both existing problems faced in floriculture that can be readily applied by the greenhouse industry as well as use more fundamental approaches to understand in mechanisms of plant abiotic stress tolerance with the aim of addressing long-term problems such as water shortage.
A challenge in floriculture research is the diversity of cultivars, species, and genera that are economically important. I try to address this diversity two ways: 1) in basic research I seek to understand mechanisms that underlie fundamental plant responses with potential application for many genera; and 2) in applied research I seek to answer specific questions that will have direct implications for floriculture production practices. The complexity of biological systems requires collaboration with other specialists; and necessitates integrative methods for prediction and analysis of plant response to interacting factors.