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Horticultural Sciences

Horticultural Sciences

Dr. Ali Sarkhosh

Assistant Professor

Mailing Address:
Fifield Hall
2550 Hull Road
PO Box 110690
Gainesville, Florida 32611

Office: 2115 Fifield Hall
Phone: (352) 273-4788

  • Areas of Research
    • Optimization of tree fruit production practices (training system, pruning, PGRs, etc.) with focus on subtropical stone fruits
    • Cultural practices to optimize fruit size and quality 
    • Nutrition management in tree fruit and grapes
    • Rootstock and scion evaluation 
  • Teaching Responsibilities
    • FRC3252 – Tropical and Subtropical fruits 
  • Educational Background
    • Ph.D., Horticulture, University of Tehran, Iran (2010)
    • M.S., Horticulture, University of Tehran, Iran (2005)
    • B.S., Horticulture, Shahre-kord University, Iran (2003)
  • Extension Programs
    • Maintain an active relationship with the county and regional extension agents regarding important production issues in stone fruit and grapes.
    • Disseminate information relative to stone fruit production in Florida via extension publications (EDIS)
    • Present relevant research and production information at field days and commodity meetings
    • Author and maintain the UF Stone Fruit Extension Website
    • Author and maintain the "Operation Peaches in Florida" Blog
    • Author and maintain the UF Grape Extension Website
  • Work Experience
    • Assistant Professor, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, U.S.A. (2017 – present)
    • Senior Research Horticulturist, Department of Primary Industry and Resources, NT, Australia (2014 – 2017)
    • Visiting Scientist, Tropical Research and Education Centre, University of Florida, FL, U.S.A. (2015 – 2016)
    • Principal Horticulturist, PMG Agriculture Pty Ltd/Desert Farms Pty Ltd, NSW/NT, Australia (2010 – 2014)
    • Visiting Research Scholar, Plant and Food Research Institute, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2008 – 2010)
    • Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Tehran, Iran (2005 – 2008) 
  • Honors and Awards
    • STAR AWARD Nomination, Department of Primary Industry and Resources, NT, Australia (2017)
    • Endeavour Fellowship, Australian Government (2015) 
    • Outstanding Graduate Student, University of Tehran, Iran (2009)
    • Outstanding Graduate Student, University of Tehran, Iran (2007) 
    • Ranking first amongst 1145 students (M.S. entrance exam) in Horticulture Science, Iran (2003)
  • Program Personnel
    • Dustin M. Huff, Biological Scientist II
    • Yuru Chang, M.S. Student
    • Shirin Shahkoomahally, Ph.D. Student
    • Trequan M McGee, Ph.D. Student
    • Luis Jonathan Clavijo Herrera, Ph.D. Student
    • Teresa M Orosa, Undergraduate student
    • Austyn Sanchez, Undergraduate student
    • Logan Richmond-Cosie, Undergraduate student

    If you are interested in joining our program, please email us your CV. Our program is often recruiting undergraduates who wish to gain experience in fruit crops production as well as visiting scientists/scholars who wish to gain experiences in tree fruit and viticulture research and development. Openings for graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.) and/or postdocs depend on the availability of grant funds.

Selected Publications