|Dr. David Gibeaut
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Horticulture
The Horticulture/Fruit Physiology program emphasis is on improving efficiencies of temperate-zone tree fruit systems, with focus on European pear and sweet cherry. The major program goal is to improve the competitive stance of PNW growers. Our primary objectives are to identify biophysical and physiological factors controlling and/or limiting growth and development, and through the use of horticultural techniques, exploit these mechanisms to progress plant performance towards its genetic potential. Whole-system research approaches are being utilized so that results can be rapidly integrated into commercial orchard operations.