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Steven F Vaughn

Research Plant Physiologist


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Phone: (309) 681-6344
Fax: (309) 681-6685
Room 3322
USDA ARS NCAUR
1815 N University St
Peoria IL 61604

Biography and Research

Steve Vaughn has worked as Research Plant Physiologist at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research since 1989. He received a B.S. degree in Botany from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (1981), a M.S. in Plant Breeding (1983) and a Ph.D. in Agronomy from Texas A&M University (1987). He conducted postdoctoral research at USDA-ARS on the postharvest physiology and pathology of potatoes during long-term storage from 1987 to 1989 prior to coming to the NCAUR. Currently, Dr. Vaughn conducts research on the development of novel biochars (agricultural charcoal) and organic fertilizers/soil amendments/peat moss replacements from agricultural processing wastes for utilization in high-value nursery and horticultural crops. Together with industry partners around the U.S., the primary goal of this research is to develop commercial products from agricultural processing wastes for the nursery and horticulture industries