Society of American Florists honors John Dole

John Dole - photo: Society of American Florists

John Dole – photo: Society of American Florists

John Dole, Ph.D., head of the Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University, in Marco Island, Florida (US) received the Alex Laurie Award 2014 from the Society of American Florists (SAF). This society characterize him as a top teacher, researcher and sought-after mentor within the classroom and floral industry.
SAF quotes that Dole has been a recognized leader in developing new production and post-harvest procedures for a wide range of cut flowers and other floral crops.
Dole’s current research focuses on cut flowers, including new cultivar evaluations, production, postharvest and marketing analysis. In cooperation with the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers (ASCFG), Dole co-coordinates the national ASCFG Seed, Perennial and Woody Plant Trial Programs, which includes growers from the United States and Canada. In addition, Dole works on the production and post-harvest handling of un-rooted cuttings and has a long history of poinsettia research.