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October 7, 2010- Jonathan Frantz Accepts New Position in USDA-ARS

The early years in Toledo.

Participating in grower interactions.

Gearing up for his big move.
    USDA-ARS-GPRG Research Horticulturalist, Jonathan Frantz, has accepted a position with the USDA-ARS New England Plant, Soil, and Water Laboratory in Orono, Maine.  Dr. Frantz will be researching factors that limit potato productivity in the New England region, specifically focusing on integrated management of nutrition, water, and microbial communities in soil systems.  He will also be working on the possibility of season extension in organic vegetable production systems in the North East.
    As one of the original members of the GPRG team, Dr. Frantz's background and experience in horticulture and plant physiology contributed significantly to the shaping of the Toledo unit's research plan.  During his seven year tenure at the Toledo location, he has authored or co-authored approximately thirty peer-reviewed journal articles, numerous trade articles, and presented USDA-ARS research at various national and international conferences.  Under his watch, the Virtual Grower software package was released in 2006.  Approximately 8,000 copies of this free download have been utilized since its inception.
    His research here has been diverse, including topics of plant nutrition, hydrogels, alternative soilless media components, the use of sensor technology in plant production, and the beneficial effects of silicon.  His work has brought together collaborative research and stakeholder interactions with the Ornamental Plant Germplasm Center, Ohio State University, University of Toledo, Maumee Valley Growers Association, Michigan State University, Purdue University, University of New Hampshire, North Carolina State University, and University of Florida.
    The members of the GPRG will greatly miss Dr. Frantz's mentoring and wit, and we sincerely wish him and his family the best in their new location.