Meet the TAEX Nursery/Floral Management Team:
The TAEX Nursery/Floral program brings together several
disciplines of study to address production related problems. A "wholistic"
approach to nursery/floral management is extremely effective in developing
new cultural techniques for increased profitability. While this multi-disciplinary
concept is not new, it does represent a valuable approach to problem solving.
The following individuals are members of the Texas Agricultural Extension
Service's Nursery/Floral Management Team. We hope that you take the opportunity
to use these resource people in problem solving.
Dr. Larry Barnes, Extension Plant Pathologist
Larry supervises the operation of the Texas Plant Disease
Diagnostic Lab and works with growers throughout the state. Larry's expertise
in the diseases of foliage, flowering and bedding plants is recognized
nationally and the Diagnostic Lab is one of the best equipped facilities
of it's type.
Bart Drees, Extension Entomologist
Bart coordinates educational programs in the area of
insect and mite management for greenhouse producers. His activities include
applied research in the area of IPM and chemical control tactics. Bart
also works closely with growers in developing practical recommendations
for pest control.
Charles Hall, Extension Ag-Economist
Charlie is involved in developing marketing and management
information for Texas growers. His expertise in the area of business economics
has been extremely useful in identifying areas of potential profitability.
Charlie's insight into our states changing economy will be important in
charting a future course for the greenhouse industry.
Bruce Lesikar, Extension Ag-Engineer
Bruce is the most recent member of the Greenhouse Management
Team. His work is primarily in the area of water management and environmental
issues facing Texas growers. Dr. Lesikar is also involved in several projects
looking at solid waste management and composting.
Dan Lineberger, Extension Horticulturist
Dan heads the Nursery/Floral Management Team's Electronic
Communications Project. Aggie Horticulture is a widely used site
on the World Wide Web computer network and contains a variety of information
on nursery and floral crop production. Dr. Lineberger also works closely
with TAEX Computer Technology to link this information with other Web sites.
Bryan Shaw, Extension Ag-Engineer
Bryan has worked closely with the development of the
TAEX/TAN Safety First Program. This project has been extremely effective
in assisting nursery/floral producers establish safety training programs
in the workplace. Dr. Shaw provides in-depth information on training techniques
that protect health and safety of nursery/floral employees in the working
Don Wilkerson, Extension Horticulturist
Don works closely with growers statewide and also coordinates
the TAEX Nursery/Floral Management Team activities. His work in the area
of water management and the environment is helping producers deal with
these critical issues. Don is also the program chairman for the Texas &
Southwest Greenhouse Growers Conference.