Welcome to the D.C. Kiplinger Floriculture Crop Improvement Program in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science at the Ohio Agriculture Research and Development Center/ The Ohio State University.  This program is led by Dr. Michelle Jones.

The mission of the Floriculture Crop Improvement Program and the D.C. Kiplinger Chair in Floriculture is to advance the science and practice of floriculture.  Research and outreach programs focus on improving ornamental plants for both producers and consumers using molecular and physiological approaches.  These programs are supported in part by the OSU D.C. Kiplinger Floriculture Endowment.

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Ph.D. Assistantship Available


Ph.D. Research Assistantship, The D.C. Kiplinger Floriculture Award of Distinction, Fall 2020 or Spring 2021


A merit-based research assistantship is available at The Ohio State University for a student interested in studying floriculture production, physiology and/or molecular biology. The successful recipient of this award will join the DC Kiplinger Floriculture Crop Improvement Program in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science. The student’s dissertation research will focus on using beneficial bacteria to enhance growth, quality and abiotic stress tolerance of ornamental plants.  Research will look at how the application of novel beneficial bacteria can be used to increase crop quality, reduce production inputs (i.e. fertilizers, PGRs, pesticides), and improve postproduction stress tolerance of ornamentals. Research will also focus on plant-bacteria interactions and the identification of biochemical and molecular changes in the plant that lead to enhanced crop quality.  This award is available for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021. Interested students should contact Dr. Michelle Jones at 330 263 3885 or by email at jones.1968@osu.edu. Applicants for the D.C. Kiplinger Award of Distinction must have a B.S. or M.S. degree in Horticulture or a related field and have a minimum GPA of 3.2.  All applicants must qualify for admission to the OSU graduate school and be admitted through the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science.  The GRE is required.  Admissions information for graduate studies in Horticulture and Crop Science can be found at https://hcs.osu.edu/graduate.  Please indicate in your letter of intent why you are interested in the D.C. Kiplinger Floriculture Award of Distinction and describe any relevant experiences.  Application to the graduate school can be made online at http://gradadmissions.osu.edu/.