Program Areas — Dr. Art Cameron, Professor
Research on storage and forcing of bare-root ornamental plants, propagation and production techniques for herbaceous perennials from seeds and vegetative propagules. A current focus of this research has been to develop forcing/production strategies for a wide range of herbaceous perennials based on vernalization and photoperiod requirements. This research is conducted in cooperation with several other faculty members in the department. Art is also an avid perennial gardener. Ornamental grasses are a current passion - and there is no telling what is next.
Research on postharvest storage and handling of horticultural crops with special emphasis on gas exchange and modified atmosphere storage of fruit and vegetables. Received patent for "active packaging" concept based on control of oxygen levels during temperature abuse of modified-atmosphere packages. Extensive efforts towards mathematical description of modified-atmosphere systems based on data collected empirically using the package as a respirometer (HortScience, 1995, 30:25-34). Current MA packaging research includes gas exchange modeling, smart films, and control of product quality changes. Worked with ethanol biosensor as a means of detecting low oxygen injury in MA packages. Study of MCP (1-methylpropene) as a substitute for silver thiosufate as an anti-ethylene agent for use on potted flowering plants. Four time speaker at Gordon Conference on Postharvest Physiology (1982, 1990, 1994, 1998).