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Horticulture and Natural Resources

Horticulture and Natural Resources
Kansas State University
1712 Claflin Rd-2021 TH
Manhattan, KS 66506

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Horticulture & Human Health

Our research focus and efforts include both fundamental studies to understand the effects of production systems and environmental stresses on health-promoting antioxidants and secondary metabolites (phytochemicals) in food crops and applied studies to understand the effectiveness of gardening as a tool for health promotion or maintenance.

Fundamental studies use a wide range of approaches including those that aim at the molecular, cellular, and whole plant level. Studies are being conducted to develop strategies to use environmental stresses and biotechnology tools to augment health-promoting phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables.

Check out the research focus of our faculty members listed to the right.

Recent Publications

Recent Publications of our Horticulture and Human Health Faculty and Graduate Students

A. Giri, B. Armstrong and C. B. Rajashekar, 2016, Elevated carbon dioxide level suppresses nutritional quality of lettuce and spinach, Am. J. Plant Sci. 7: 246-258


Jeremy Cowan
Sustainable food production systems

Sunghun Park
Environmental stresses, cell physiology, and plant biotechnology

Eleni Pliakoni
Urban food production & postharvest handling

Channa Rajashekar
Environmental stresses and molecular biology

Cary Rivard
Production systems and phytochemicals

Candice Shoemaker
Gardening for health


For more information on our graduate program...