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Rhodes Hall 102D

What area do you teach?

Horticulture and Agribusiness

Education/Degree(s)

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.

Credentials/Career Path

Assistant Professor, 1989-1995, University of Florida-FLREC, 75% Teaching and 25% Research.
Assistant Professor, 1995-2003, Oregon State University-NWREC, 75% Research and 25% Extension.
HortSolutions, LLC, 2003-2008, consultant and private research.
Southeast Missouri State University, 2008-present, 95% Teaching, 5% Service.

Professional Highlights

  • Presenting Research in Australia (twice) and Canada (multiple times)
  • Breeding, patenting, and releasing new Pieris cultivars for use in the nursery and landscape industries

Awards/Honors/Recognitions

  • 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
  • Organizations 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 Works

  • 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 Agriculture 12(3):295-307.
  • 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.

Best Advice for Students

Communicate with your instructors so they can help you be successful.

Successful horticulturists integrate their knowledge and experiences into a thinking and problem-solving style consistent with a people-influenced interactive world.

Dr. Sven Svenson, Professor