Dr. Richard C. Beeson, Jr.
Associate Professor of Landscape Ornamentals
Dr. Richard C. Beeson, Jr. is an associate professor of landscape ornamentals in the Department of Environmental Horticulture. Beeson, has a passion for understanding the relationship between plants and the environment. Beeson’s research focuses primarily on the role water plays in plant development, focusing on how landscape plants and trees react to too much or too little water, as well as other environmental disturbances. In his research program, Beeson’s exploration of environmental conditions impacting plant growth can range from evaluating irrigation systems to modeling plant water requirements based on micro-climates and size. Beeson is also known for his extensive work with greenhouse citrus rootstock production, working with industry stakeholders and producers to develop precise methods for greenhouse citrus cultivation, examining the impacts of soil type, water, humidity and light on rootstock development.
- Beeson, Jr., R. C. & E. F. Gilman. 1992. Water stress and osmotic adjustment during post-digging acclimatization of Quercus virginiana produced in fabric containers. J. Environ. Hort. 10:208-214.
- Beeson, Jr., R. C. 1994. Water relations of field-grown Quercus virginiana Mill. from pre-harvest through containerization and one year into a landscape. J. Am. Soc. Hort. Sci. 119:169-174.
- Beeson, Jr., R. C. 1994. Root growth and water status of container-grown Photinia xfraiseri Dress. transplanted into a landscape. HortSci. 29:1295-1297.
- Beeson, Jr., R. C. and J. Haydu. 1995. Cyclic microirrigation in container-grown landscape plants improves plant growth and water conservation. J. Environ. Hort. 13:6-11.
Popular EDIS Publications
- Incorporating Woody Ornamentals into Residential Landscapes to Reduce Nutrient Leaching: https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep503
- Irrigation Practices for Peaches in Florida: https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs1316
- Key Plant, Key Pests: Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia): https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep559
- Profitability of Citrus Tree Greenhouse Production Systems in Florida: https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fe999
- Ph.D., Horticulture, Oregon State University, 1986
- B.S., Ornamental Horticulture, North Carolina State University, 1981