Horticultural Science

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Chair - J. Alan Sullivan (1105 Bovey, Ext. 2783)
(E-mail: asullivan@evbhort.uoguelph.ca)
Graduate co-ordinator - John T.A. Proctor (1218 Bovey, Ext. 3446/6159) (E-mail: jproctor@evbhort.uoguelph.ca)
Graduate secretary - Angie Trivett (1103 Bovey, Ext. 2693)
(E-mail: atrivett@evbhort.uoguelph.ca)

Michael A. Dixon BSc, MSc Mount Allison, PhD Edinburgh - Associate Professor
Bernard Grodzinski BSc Toronto, MSc, PhD York, MA Cambridge - Professor
Glen P. Lumis BS Pennsylvania State, MS, PhD Michigan State - Professor
Dennis P. Murr BA, MA California State, PhD California - Associate Professor
John T.A. Proctor BSc Reading, MS, PhD Cornell, FASHS, FI Hort - Professor
Praveen K. Saxena BSc Meerut, MSc Lucknow, PhD Delhi - Associate Professor
Barry J. Shelp BSc, MSc Brock, PhD Queen's - Professor
Vincent I.L. Souza Machado BSc Reading, MSc Makerere, PhD Guelph - Professor
Judith Strommer BS, MS Chicago, PhD California - Associate Professor
J. Alan Sullivan BSc, MSc, PhD Guelph - Associate Professor
David J. Wolyn BS Rutgers, MS, PhD Wisconsin - Associate Professor

From the Department of Food Science:
Rickey Y. Yada BSc, MSc, PhD British Columbia - Professor

Special Graduate Faculty
Richard Ct MSc Laval, PhD Guelph - Research Associate
Sankaran Krishnaraj BSc, MSc Tamil Nadu, PhD Calgary - Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate
Vernon Shattuck BSc, MSc California State, PhD Arizona - Retired

Associated Graduate Faculty
Calvin Chong BSc, MSc, PhD McGill - Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Jack L. Eggens BSc Royal Military College, BSA Toronto, MSc, PhD Guelph - Professor Emeritus
Jean Gerrath BSc British Columbia, PhD Guelph - Adjunct Professor
Albert Liptay BSA, MSc Guelph, PhD McMaster - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
E.C. (Sam) Lougheed BSA, MSA Toronto, PhD Michigan State, FASHS, FAIC - Professor Emeritus
M. James Tsujita BSc Utah State, MSc Alberta, PhD Ohio State - Professor Emeritus

The MSc and PhD programs in horticultural science offer specialization in the fields of horticultural crop production and management (Eggens, Lumis, Proctor, Machado, Sullivan, Tsujita), plant physiology (Dixon, Grodzinski, Murr, Shelp), and plant breeding and genetics (Saxena, Shattuck, Machado, Strommer, Sullivan, Wolyn) at the whole plant, cellular and molecular levels. In horticultural crop production and management, students may focus on crop protection, water and soil management, modification of plant growth habit, protected plant culture, and postharvest physiology. In plant physiology, students may focus on environmental physiology, plant nutrition, plant water relations, plant growth regulation, plant biochemistry, weed physiology, or postharvest physiology and biochemistry. In plant breeding and genetics, students may focus on plant propagation, molecular biology, classical genetics, and plant, cell and tissue culture.

Admission Requirements
   Applicants should have a baccalaureate degree in an honours program, or the equivalent, from a recognized university or college with an average academic standing of at least 'B' during the last two years of full-time study (or equivalent). To assist in identifying a suitable thesis adviser(s), applicants should submit a short statement of research interests. Supportive letters of reference are essential and should outline the applicant's strengths and weaknesses. Students may be admitted into the fall, winter or spring semesters.

Degree Requirements
   A program of prescribed courses (at least 1.5 credits of 400 and 600 level courses) and additional courses (if any) is established. All MSc candidates must complete a thesis.
   Students are required to participate in the Seminar (5306500) as outlined below. In addition, a thesis seminar will be presented in conjunction with the final oral examination and thesis defence.

Admission Requirements
The usual requirement for admission into the PhD program is an MSc degree by thesis with a minimum 'B' average and supportive letters of reference. On rare occasions direct admission to the PhD program will be permitted to applicants holding an honours baccalaureate degree who have demonstrated extraordinary academic capabilities. It is also possible for a student to transfer from the MSc program without completing the requirements for that degree provided the student has an excellent academic record and has demonstrated a strong aptitude for research which can be expanded to the doctoral level.
   Applicants should submit a statement of research interests, background experiences, and career goals to assist in the identification of a faculty adviser who has the resources necessary to support the thesis research. Students may be admitted into the fall, winter or spring semesters.

Degree Requirements
The major emphasis in the PhD program is on research and the preparation of an acceptable thesis. There are no specific course requirements except for the seminar, as outlined below. However, it is usual for most students, in consultation with their advisory committee, to select prescribed studies and additional courses in preparation for the qualifying examination and thesis research. The qualifying examination is in two parts (written and oral) and evaluates the student's knowledge of their field of specialization. In addition, the advisory committee is required to submit a written evaluation of the student's performance in research and the student's potential as a researcher. Upon completion of the qualifying examination, the student becomes a candidatefor the PhD degree.
   Students are required to participate in the Seminar (5306500). In addition, a thesis seminar will be presented in conjunction with the final oral examination and thesis defence. The PhD program is completed by the submission and successful defence of an acceptable thesis.

Plant Genetics MSc/PhD Collaborative Program
   The Department of Horticultural Science participates in the MSc/PhD program in plant genetics. Professors Shattuck, Strommer, Sullivan and Wolyn are members of the Plant Genetics Interdepartmental Group. These faculty members' research and teaching expertise includes aspects of plant genetics; they may serve as advisers for MSc and PhD students. Please consult the Plant Genetics listing for a detailed description of the MSc/PhD collaborative program.

Toxicology MSc/PhD Collaborative Program
   The Department of Horticultural Science participates in the MSc/PhD program in toxicology. Please consult the Toxicology listing for a detailed description of the MSc/PhD collaborative program.

Horticultural Crop Production and Management
5306220 Advanced Studies in Pomology (0.5)
Discussion of current problems and research on fruit crop production and physiology.
Plant Physiology
5306170 Postharvest Physiology (0.5)
Discussion of the physiological effects of controlled and supplemental environments or treatments on horticultural crops. Emphasis is on current problems and research.
5306480 Colloquium in the Environmental Physiology of Horticultural Plants (0.5)
Discussion of current research in the areas of light, temperature, water and atmospheric composition effects on horticultural plants. Demonstration and discussion of recent advances in methodology.
5306490 Colloquium in Physiology of Ornamental Crops (0.5)
Current topics in the area of floriculture, turfgrass, and woody plant physiology.
Plant Breeding and Genetics
5306290 Physiological Genetics of Higher Plants (0.5)
A lecture and discussion course examining classical and molecular genetic investigations for understanding the genetic basis and regulation of physiological processes in plants.
5306000 Projects in Horticultural Science (0.5)
A directed field, laboratory, or library study of assigned problems. A student may not earn more than 1.0 credit in this course in one graduate degree program.
5306050 Principles and Application of Plant Tissue Culture (0.5)
The course involves lecture and discussions of fundamental and applied aspects of plant tissue culture. Topics will include the role of tissue culture in understanding plant development, physiology and genetics, and its commercial applications in horticulture and forestry.
5306500 Seminar (0.25)
All graduate students present a departmental seminar on their research proposal no later than the second semester. PhD students present an additional seminar on their thesis research before the end of the sixth semester (or the equivalent). Each student is expected to participate in the seminars of colleagues and faculty.

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