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November 2012

Greenhouse Production Research Group welcomes two new employees


The Greenhouse Production Research Group (GPRG) recently hired two new employees; Mona-Lisa Banks (Biological Science Technician) and Dr. Wendy Zellner (Post-Doctoral Associate). 

Mona joins us from Missouri. She attended Lincoln University of Missouri and University of Missouri-Columbia where she obtained her bachelor's degree in agriculture and masters in soil science, respectively.   Her research background includes plant and soil elemental concentrations, surfactants effects on soil microbiology and plant uptake, and soil enzymes.  Mona looks forward to working with the group and contributing to research in floriculture and greenhouse industries.

Dr. Zellner is an Ohio native is a recent graduate of University of Toledo where she obtained both her bachelor's degree in biology and Ph.D. in biology.  Her research focused on stress induced silicon uptake in plants, and how silicon can influence various plant viruses.  Dr. Zellner is looking forward to working with the USDA-ARS and taking basic research skills and knowledge and applying it to the field of bacterial disease suppression.
Throughout the years both ladies have attended numerous conferences, been a member of several professional societies, received awards, taught different undergraduate courses and has acquired numerous technical skills.
The GPRG is fortunate to have them both and enthusiastically welcome them to our team.  We hope that their time here at the GPRG will be a productive period as they advance in their careers.