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Mid-Florida Research & Education Center

Mid-Florida Research & Education Center

Dr. Jianjun Chen

Professor of Plant Physiology

Dr. Jianjun Chen is a professor of plant physiology in the Department of Environmental Horticulture. He is a researcher and educator who focuses on how plants function. He is specifically interested in how genetic, environmental, and cultural factors influence the growth and development of specialty crops. By better understanding how plants interact with their surroundings, horticulturalists will be able to improve current plant breeding and production practices to minimize environmental impact.

A passionate educator, Chen works closely with Florida ornamental plant industry professionals developing new plant cultivars, plant production practices, interiorscape and improving plant quality through proper water and nutrient management during propagation. Chen is passionate about collaborating with faculty statewide to create data-driven recommendations for growers in Florida.



Phone: 407-814-6161

  • Education
    • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics - 1991 
    • M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics - 1988
    • B.S., Huazhong Agricultural University, Horticultural Sciences - 1982 
  • Research Specialization

    1. Environmental physiology of specialty crops;
    2. Somatic cell genetics and its application for new cultivar development;
    3. Sustainable management of invasive species;
    4. Phytoremediation for improving environmental quality. ­

  • Publications
  • Extension Publications