Texas A&M University Nursery/Floral Management Team

Dr. Michael Arnold, Assistant Professor, Department of Horticultural Sciences
Dr. Arnold works closely with growers throughout the state, providing research based information in the area of nursery/floral crop production. Mike is also coordinator of the Nursery/Floral Crops Research and Education Center on the TAMU campus.

Dr. Larry Barnes, Extension Plant Pathologist
Larry supervises the operation of the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab and works with growers throughout the state. Larry also coordinates the statewide educational program on plant pathology for nursery/floral crops producers.

Dr. Bart Drees, Extension Entomologist
Bart coordinates educational programs in the area of insect and mite management for nursery/floral producers. His activities include applied research in the area of IPM and chemical control tactics. Bart also works closely with growers in developing practical recommendations for pest control.

Dr. Dawn H. Gouge, Assistant Professor/Extension Entomologist, Department of Entomology
Dawn will be the new entomologist for Extension District 9 and will be involved with education and applied research programs principally involving commercial nurseries and greenhouses, turf, soybeans, rice, cotton and urban pests.

Dr. Charles Hall, Extension Ag-Economist
Charlie is involved in developing marketing and management information for Texas growers. His expertise in the area of business economics has been extremely useful in developing a variety of statewide educational programs for nursery/floral producers.

Dr. Kevin Heinz, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology
Kevin focuses on the development of IPM technology for nursery/floral crop producers. He works very closely with Dr. Drees and the extension educational program in entomology, as well as with growers throughout the state.

Dr. Bruce Lesikar, Extension Ag-Engineer
Bruce is the most recent member of the Nursery/Floral Management Team. His work is primarily in the area of water management and environmental issues facing Texas growers. Dr. Lesikar is also involved in several projects looking at solid waste management and composting.

Dr. Dan Lineberger, Extension Horticulturist
Dan heads the Nursery/Floral Management Team's Electronic Communications Project. Aggie Horticulture is a widely used site on the World Wide Web computer network and contains a variety of information on nursery and floral crop production.

Dr. Bryan Shaw, Extension Ag-Engineer
Bryan has worked closely with the development of the TAEX/TAN Safety First Program. This project has been extremely effective in assisting nursery/floral producers establish safety training programs in the workplace.

Dr. Don Wilkerson, Extension Horticulturist
Don works closely with growers statewide and also coordinates the TAMU Nursery/Floral Crops Management Team. Dr. Wilkerson is also the co-coordinator of the Nursery/Floral Crops Research and Education Center on the TAMU campus.

Ms. Priscilla Files, Extension Assistant
Pris recently joined the staff as an Extension Assistant at the Nursery and Floral Crops Research and Education Center. Pris is also a Master's student in Horticulture at TAMU and she will be evaluating the implementation of hortIPM as a part of her Master's thesis.

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