Dr. Gary W. Knox
Professor - Environmental Horticulture and Extension Specialist in Nursery Crops
Dr. Knox’s research and Extension programs focus on two areas, plant evaluation and plant-pest interactions. Goals of his plant evaluation program are to identify, evaluate and distribute landscape plants to benefit the Green Industry, minimize impacts from pests/diseases and invasive plants, conserve native species and improve plant diversity for the Green Industry and Florida gardeners. To display and promote plants, Dr. Knox is working with the nonprofit volunteer group, Gardening Friends of the Big Bend, Inc., to develop Gardens of the Big Bend as a series of botanical and teaching gardens.
Dr. Knox explores plant-pest interactions in collaboration with plant pathologists, entomologists, horticulturists and stakeholders from Florida and throughout the Southeast. Resulting research and Extension resources pertain to nursery sustainability, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and diseases/pests associated with camellia, crapemyrtle, hydrangea, magnolia and rose.