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Cary A. Mitchell

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Horticultural and Landscape Architecture
College of Agriculture
West Lafayette, IN 47907


Dr. Mitchell has a B.S. degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Illinois, an M.S. degree in Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. degree in Plant Physiology from the University of California at Davis. He has been a Professor of Plant Physiology and Horticulture at Purdue University since 1972, where he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Nursery Management, Plant Growth & Development, Research Methods, and specialty courses in Photobiology and Germination & Dormancy. He presently teaches dual-level courses in Plant Responses to the Environment and Controlled Environment Agriculture. His research program has covered diverse areas of plant stress physiology (viz. mechanical and hypoxia), optimization of environmental conditions for hydroponic production of food crops in controlled environments, and development of energy-efficient, solid-state plant-growth lighting. He serves as Purdue University's representative to the NCR-101 Committee on Controlled-Environment Technology and Use. Dr. Mitchell's funding has come from a number of federal agencies, most notably NASA Life Science Programs. Dr. Mitchell has advised 50 professional trainees, including graduate and post-doctoral students. He is a Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS). He has been President of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology and is the current President of ASHS. He is Director of the NASA Specialized Center of Research and Training in Advanced Life Support. Dr. Mitchell has published 80 refereed articles, and has received more then $20 million in external funding.  

Expertise: Plant physiology, Controlled environment agriculture




B.S., Agricultural Science, University of Illinois, 1965 
M.S., Horticulture, Cornell University, 1968 
Ph.D., Plant Physiology, University of California, Davis, 1972


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