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Plant Root Biology Lab

Plant Root Biology Lab

Dr. Lorenzo Rossi

Principal Investigator

Lorenzo Rossi

  • Educational Background
    • Ph.D. in Agrobiosciences (Plant Biology), Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy, 2014
    • M.Sc. in Crop Production and Management of the Agro-Ecosytem, University of Pisa, Italy, 2010
    • B.Sc. in Agricultural Sciences, University of Pisa, Italy, 2009
  • Biosketch

    Dr. Rossi’s research program focuses on improving root health and growth on cultivated crops, leading to the development of environmentally sound and effective management methods. He is a horticulturist with specific expertise related to plant stress physiology, root dynamics and root system architecture. Dr. Rossi coordinates the UF/IFAS Plant Root Science Consortium, under the Center for Stress Resilient Agriculture. He develops and provides seminars and field days to students and growers, and he is the lead instructor for the “Root and Rhizosphere Ecology” (HOS 6355) and “Advanced Horticultural Physiology” (HOS4341/HOS6932) courses in the Horticultural Sciences Department. He is also involved in organizing and teaching the “Planting Roots for the Future” international short summer course (ALS5932) which is held every year in Orlando, FL. Prior to Dr. Rossi’s appointment at UF/IFAS, he completed two post doctorate positions: Texas A&M University and North Carolina State University. Originally from Italy, he received his Ph.D. Degree in Plant Biology from Italy’s most prestigious scientific university, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy.

  • Awards
    • ASHS Early Career Competition 2023 - 2nd Place
    • ASHS Outstanding Volunteer of the Year 2022 Award (2023)
    • ASHS Professional Early Career Award (Teaching and Educational Systems) 2021
    • University of Florida Superior Accomplishment Award 2021 (UF/IFAS Divisional Award)
    • UF/IFAS College of Agricultura and Life Sciences: Innovation in Teaching Award 2019-2020
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