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Zhanao Deng
Zhanao Deng, Ph.D.
Zhanao Deng

Dr. Zhanao Deng develops new ornamental plant cultivars for Florida growers and consumers. Current breeding efforts are directed toward the developing and releasing new caladium and gerbera cultivars, genetic sterilizing lantana and nandina, and evaluating and selecting superior Florida-native plants. Dr. Deng's research activities focus on: understanding inheritance of horticultural and aesthetic traits important to Florida growers and consumers; investigating genetic bases for disease resistance traits; developing new genetic, genomic, and molecular tools for increased breeding efficiency; and applying new biotechnological advances to ornamental plant breeding and genetics.

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  • Email: zdeng@ufl.edu
  • Phone: 813-633-4134
  • Address: 14625 County Road 672
    Wimauma, FL 33598-6101

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