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Successful horticulturists integrate their knowledge and experiences into a thinking and problem-solving style consistent with a people-influenced interactive world.
What area do you teach?
Horticulture and Agribusiness
Ph.D., 1989, Texas A&M University-College Station, Horticulture.
M.S., 1986, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design
B.S., 1984, California State University-Chico, Plant Science.
A.A., 1982, Yuba College, General Education, English
Your philosophy of teaching:
I have experienced Horticulture as the synthesis of science, business, and art of cultivating plants for food, medicine, comfort, beauty, and environmental improvement. Successful horticulturists integrate their knowledge and experiences into a thinking and problem-solving style consistent with a people-influenced interactive world.
Why did you decide to teach?
All areas of Horticulture and Agribusiness are enjoyable, but they are more enjoyable when shared with others.
Assistant Professor, 1989-1995, University of Florida-FLREC, 75% Teaching and 25%
Assistant Professor, 1995-2003, Oregon State University-NWREC, 75% Research and 25% Extension.
HortSolutions, LLC, 2003-2008, consultant and private research.
Southeast Missoui State University, 2008-present, 95% Teaching, 5% Service.
Presenting Research in Australia (twice) and Canada (multiple times)
Breeding, patenting, and releasing new Pieris cultivars for use in the nursery and landscape industries
2017, Business Today Newsmaker, Southeast Missourian
2016, Service Award, College of Science, Technology and Agriculture, Southeast Missouri State University
2016, ShowMe Day Award, Office of Admissions, Southeast Missouri State University
2011, Teaching Award, School of Polytechnic Studies, Southeast Missouri State University
1998, Distinguished Education Award, Oregon Association of Nurseries
Organization with which you are involved
International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS)
American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS)
Missouri Academy of Science (MAS)
Missouri Green Industry Alliance (MoGIA)
Western Nursery and Landscape Association (WNLA)
Most Recent/Notable Published Work
Svenson, S. and M. Aide. 2017. Evaluation of Potato Nitrogen Uptake and Nitrate Leaching
under Center Pivot Irrigation in Southeastern Missouri. International Journal of Applied
Svenson, S. and M. Aide. 2017. Evaluation of Potato Potassium, Phosphorus, and Sulfur Uptake and Leaching Under Center Pivot Irrigation in Southeastern Missouri. International Journal of Applied Agriculture 12(3):309-319.
Svenson, S.E. 2017. Bloom time and flowering duration of Pieris clones in two USDA hardiness zones. Acta Horticulturae No. 1191, pp. 37-42.
Svenson, S.E. 2017. Rooting cuttings of three Pieris species and hybrids in two propagation systems. Acta Horticulturae No. 1191, pp. 97-104.
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