Dr. Tom Fernandez

Michigan State University

Relevent Background and Education:

1974-1982, Family greenhouse/nursery in Florida
B.S. 1986, M.S. 1989, University of Florida, Fruit Crops Department
Ph.D. 1992, Michigan State University, Department of Horticlture
Post-Doctoral Researcher, 1992-1995, Michigan State University, Department of Horticlture
Assistant Professor 1995-6, Louisiana State University, Department of Horticulture
Assistant Professor, 1996-1999, Clemson University, Department of Horticulture
Assistant (1999-2003) and Associate (2003-2016) Professor, Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University

Present Position: Professor, Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University

Responsibilities: 45% Research, 30% Teaching, 25% Extension

My research and extension program focus areas are on water quality and management for container nursery production. I am particularly interested in new technology for horticulture, both for research and industry use. Along with water quality research, I am investigating the use of RFID to facilitate precision agriculture practices for container production.

I teach Nursery Management (HRT 310) and Landscape Plant Identification (HRT 211) as well as advise undergraduate and graduate students.

I have delivered over 200 presentations for scientific and industry audiences within Michigan, nationally and internationally and have over 160 scientific, extension and trade journal publications. I work primarily with the ornamental nursery industry but have worked with the greenhouse, fruit, vegetable, and Christmas tree industries related to water quality and irrigation management.

My interest in horticulture arose from working in our family ornamental greenhouse/nursery business. I worked for 8 years in the business participating in all aspects from greenhouse construction to plant production.

 

Sessions

Track: Grower
Jan 28 2019 - 11:00am

Container production of nursery crops requires frequent irrigation. Pesticides are usually applied over the top of plants hitting both target and non-target areas. Fertilizers are necessarily soluble so that plants can adsorb them. The...