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Dr. Stephanie  Burnett

Research Area: Ornamental Horticulture


Phone: 207-581-2937

Office: 205 Deering Hall

Bio: Dr. Burnett received her B.S. in zoology (1997) and M.S. in horticulture (2000) from Auburn University.  She received her PhD in horticulture from the University of Georgia in 2004.  She is an Associate Professor of Horticulture.

Teaching:  PSE110 Intro to Horticulture and Green Design; PSE219 Herbaceous Landscape Plants; PSE415 Greenhouse Management

Current Research:  My research focuses on improving the efficiency and sustainability of ornamental plant production.  Since competition for available water resources will increase as the population increases, one research area focuses on improving irrigation efficiency in commercial plant production.  This may be done by determining the actual water needs of ornamental plants and automating irrigation so plants are watered based on plant need.  In addition, I am interested in developing production protocols for growing herbaceous perennials in commercial greenhouses and nurseries.

Recent Publications

Garland, K., S.E. Burnett, M. Day, andM.W. van Iersel.  2012.  Influence of substrate water contentand daily light integral on photosynthesis, water use efficiency, and morphologyof Heuchera americana.  J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci.  137:57-67.

Hawkins, G.*, S.E. Burnett, andL.B. Stack.  2012.  Survey of consumer interest in organic,sustainable, and local bedding plants in Maine. HortTechnology (In Press).

Burnett, S.E., N. Mattson, B. Krug, andR. Lopez.  2011.  Floriculture sustainability researchcoalition:  Bringing the latestsustainability research to the industry. HortTechnology 21:692-693.

Kim, J., M.W. van Iersel,and S.E. Burnett.  2011.  Estimating daily water use of twopetunia cultivars based on plant and environmental factors.  HortScience 46:1287-1293.

van Iersel, M.W., S. Dove, and S. Burnett.  2010.  The useof soil moisture probes for improved uniformity and irrigation control ingreenhouses.  Acta Horticulturae893:1049-1056.

Garland, K.F.*, S.E. Burnett, L.B. Stack, and D. Zhang.  2010.  Influence of daily light integral on coleus morphology andleaf variegation.  HortTechnology20:929-933.

van Iersel, M.W., S. Dove, J.G. Kang, and S.E.Burnett.  2010.  Growth and water use of petunia asaffected by substrate water content and daily light integral.  HortScience 45:277-282.

van Iersel, M.W., J.G. Kang, and S.E. Burnett. 2009. Growth and water use of petunia as affected by substrate water content and daily light integral. Hort Science (in press)

van Iersel, M.W., S. Dove, and S. Burnett. 2009. The use of soil moisture probes for improved uniformity and irrigation control in greenhouses. Acta Horticulturae (in press). MAFES Publication #3075.

Burnett, S.E. and L.B. Stack. 2009. Survey of the Organic Bedding Plant Industry in Maine. Hort Technology 19:743-747. MAFES Publication #3056.

Burnett, S.E. and M.W. van Iersel. 2008. Watering, Irrigation Systems, and Control. In: K. Williams (ed.). Water and Nutrient Management for Floriculture Crops University of California Press. (In Press).

Burnett, S.E. and M.W. van Iersel. 2008. Water use efficiency and morphology of Gaura lindhiemeri ‘Siskiyou Pink’ grown in capacitance sensor controlled irrigation. HortScience 43:1555-1560.

Burnett, S.E., D. Zhang, L.B. Stack, and Z. He. 2008. Effects of phosphorus on morphology and foliar nutrient concentrations of hydroponically-grown Scaevola aemula R. Br. ‘Whirlwind Blue’. HortScience 43:902-905.

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