University of Florida


The Water Education Alliance for Horticulture is led by Dr. Paul Fisher and hosted by the University of Florida. Our collaborators include university and industry colleagues who are undertaking research on water treatment and management.

Dr Paul Fisher
Paul Fisher
Water treatment leadership
Environmental Horticulture Department
University of Florida
2549 Fifield Hall, PO Box 110670
Gainesville FL 32611-0670
Tel. 352 273 4581
Fax. 352 392 3870
Paul focuses on applied research for the commercial greenhouse industry. He views the Alliance as an opportunity to make water conservation and runoff management easier for growers.
Dr Bruce MacKay
Bruce MacKay
Internet education leadership
thomasBaine Ltd
Palmerston North
New Zealand
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Bruce provides leadership on internet delivery of water education, and develops innovative tools such as case studies that will make the Alliance website an effective and interactive resource.
Dr. Rosa E Raudales
Rosa E Raudales
Alliance Contributer
Plant Science and Landscape Architecture
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Rd.
Storrs,CT 06269
Tel. 860 486 6043
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Rosa is interested in improving water management in the green industry, specially in closed irrigation systems.
Dr Peter Konjoian
Peter Konjoian
Water management leadership
Konjoian's Floriculture Education Services
Tel. 978-683-0692
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Peter is the co-owner and operator of Konjoian's Floriculture, a grower, a researcher, and an educator. He uses his greenhouses not only for production, but also as a laboratory where he conducts research on floriculture products, including water treatment technologies. Peter has contributed to the development of presentations for this website, is co-organizing the upcoming workshop at the Ohio Floriculture Association meeting, and will help write the Alliance's articles on filtration and chlorine dioxide in GMPro.
Dr Phil Harmon
Phil Harmon
Alliance Contributer
Plant Pathology
University of Florida
Tel. (352) 392-3631 x 340
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Phil is an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida, where his research and extension programs focus on turfgrass and ornamental plant pathology. Phil provides expertise on the biology of pathogens found in greenhouse water, helping to author the Alliance's article on pathogen biology in GMPro.
Dr Youbin Zheng
Youbin Zheng
Alliance Contributer
Department of Environmental Biology
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario
Tel. 519- 824-4120 Ext. 52741
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An Adjunct Professor at the University of Guelph (Canada), Youbin conducts research on many aspects of greenhouse production, including water disinfestation technologies. Youbin will be an author on several of the Alliance's articles in GMPro magazine.
Dr Chuanxue Hong
Chuanxue Hong
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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Dr. Hong's research program focuses on biology and management of plant pathogens in irrigation water. He has lent his expertise to the Alliance's GMPro articles on chlorination, and his knowledge of Pythium and Phythopthora is an asset to the group.
Dr Rob Wick
Rob Wick
Alliance Contributer
Tel. 413-545-1045
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Rob is a Professor at the University of Massachusetts where he supervises the diagnostic laboratory. With a research focus on plant bacterial and fungal diseases, Rob provides expertise in understanding the biology of pathogens found in irrigation water. He has helped author Alliance articles in GMPro magazine.
Dr Ratus Fischer
Ratus Fischer
Alliance Contributer
Fischer EcoWorks
Tel. 828-281-9644
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With expertise in filtration systems and copper ionization, consultant Ratus Fischer has played a large role in coordinating Alliance workshops and developing articles in the GMPro series.
Dr Bill Argo
Bill Argo
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Bill is a Technical Manager at Blackmore with an interest in plant nutrition, media, and water. Bill helped author the Alliance's first article in GMPro magazine, and is helping to coordinate upcoming Alliance workshops in the northeast.
Rick Yates
Rick Yates
Alliance Contributer
Technical Support Manager
Griffin Greenhouse & Nursery Supplies
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Rick is the Technical Support Manager at Griffin Greenhouse and Nursery Supplies. He has been very generous in providing his expertise on chlorine dioxide to the Alliance, helping us both in the planning of workshops and the preparation of articles for GMPro.