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Horticulture and Natural Resources

Horticulture and Natural Resources
Kansas State University
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Manhattan, KS 66506

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Research

The department has a diverse research program that offers a wide variety of opportunities for graduate study. Faculty have established expertise in five core areas of research that primarily deal with production, adaptation and improvement of horticultural plants and their impact on people and the environment.

Research>EnvStress.jpgEnvironmental Stress & Molecular Biology

Research on plant adaptations, tolerance and mechanisms of injury in relation to various environmental stresses and strategies to improve plant tolerance or to augment health-promoting phytochemicals in food crops.

Research>Forest.jpgForestry & Recreation Resources

Research on woodland and range management, parks, human dimensions of natural resource management and wildlife conservation, and applied wildlife management.

 

Research>HortHealth2.jpgHorticulture & Human Health

Research on developing strategies to use environmental stresses and biotechnology tools to augment health-promoting phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables and the use of gardening tasks for health maintenance and promotion.

Research>SustFood.jpgSustainable Food Production

Research on creating sustainable production systems for food crops and strengthening local food systems.

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Turf & Ornamentals

Research on identifying plants or management practices that improve efficiency while reducing inputs of water, fertilizer, and pesticides.

 

Latest Publications

Wait KR, Ricketts AW, and Ahlers AA. In Press. Land-use change structures carnivore communities in remaining tallgrass prairie. Journal of Wildlife Management.

Wesche SL, O'Neal BJ, Windels SK, Olson BT, Larreur M, and Ahlers AA. 2018. Influence of invasive hybrid cattails on habitat use by common loons. Wildlife Society Bulletin.

Ahlers AA and Heske EJ. 2017. Empirical evidence for declines in muskrat populations across the United States. Journal of Wildlife Management 81: 1408-1416.

Miller CA and Ahlers AA. 2017. Where does the money go? Awareness of federal duck stamp fund expenditures among Illinois waterfowl hunters. Dimensions of Wildlife 22: 291-294.

Sharp RL and Ahlers AA. 2017. Undergraduates' understanding of agricultural impacts on wildlife: a case for wildlife conservation education. Natural Sciences Education 46: 1-5. DOI: 10.4195/nse2016.11.0030.

Sharp RL and Ahlers AA. 2017. Undergraduates' understanding of agricultural impacts on wildlife: a case for wildlife conservation education. Natural Sciences Education 46: 1-5. DOI: 10.4195/nse2016.11.0030.

Zajchowski, C. A. B., Verbos, R. I., Brownlee, M. T. J., & Skibins, J. C. (2017). "I'd like to be just a bit closer": Wildlife viewing proximity preferences at Denali National Park & Preserve. Journal of Ecotourism, 1 - 16 .

Holladay, P. J., Skibins, J. C., Zach, F. J., & Arze, M. (2017). Exploratory social network analysis of stakeholder organizations along the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 35(4), 37 - 48.

Skibins, J. C. and Sharp, R. L. (2017). Evaluation of the brown bear viewing experience at Katmai National Park and Preserve: Implications for management. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 22(5), 476 - 482.

Wu, Qingyu, Sunghun Park, M.B. Kirkham, and K.A. Williams. 2017. Transcriptome analysis reveals potential mechanisms for inhibition of intumescence development by UV radiation in tomato. Environmental and Experimental Botany. 134:130-140. KAES #16-380-J.