UF-CTA Affiliated Faculty:

Wagner A. Vendrame

Title and department: Associate Professor, Environmental Horticulture

Address: Tropical Research and Education Center
18905 S.W. 280 Street
Homestead, FL 33031-3314

Phone: 305-246-7001 x.210
E-mail:  vendrame@ufl.edu
Homepage: vendrame.ifas.ufl.edu


B.S. Agronomic Engineering, 1987, University of São Paulo, Brazil
M.S. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 1994, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Ph.D.  Horticulture, 1998, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Research Interests (with focus on Tropical Agriculture)

My research program is broad in ornamental plant production and conservation, including plant tissue culture, cryopreservation, molecular marker technology, and other biotechnology techniques. Ornamental species of interest include orchids, palms, foliages, bedding plants, and flowering trees.  Particular research topics include medicinal properties of ornamental plants.  Recently we started a project to assess the effects of microgravity on plant cell suspension growth of several tropical species, some of which demonstrate medicinal potential. The need for alternative energy resources has also oriented our research program towards alternative energy crops for biofuel production. 

Selected Publications (with focus on Tropical Agriculture)

Vendrame, W.A., V.S. Carvalho, J.M.M. Dias, and I. Maguire.  2008.  Pollination of Dendrobium Hybrids using Cryopreserved Pollen, HortScience 43(1):1-4.

Vendrame, W.A., V.S. Carvalho, I. Maguire and J.M.M. Dias.  2007.  In vitro germination and plant regeneration of cryopreserved Dendrobium hybrid mature seeds, Scientia Horticulturae, 114:188-193.

Vendrame, W. A., V.S. Carvalho, and I. Maguire.  2007.  In Vitro Propagation and Plantlet Regeneration from Doritaenopsis Purple Gem ‘Ching Hua’ Flower Explants, HortScience, 42(5):1256-1258.

Myers, A.R. and W. Vendrame.  2004.  Propagation of Yellow Kampong Royal Poinciana via Somatic Embryogenesis.   Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society, 117:338-341.  

Rodriguez, A.P.M., and W. A. Vendrame.  2003.  Micropropagation of Tropical Woody Species.  In: Micropropagation of Woody Trees and Fruits.  S.M. Jain and K. Ishii (eds.).  Kluwer Academics, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.  pp. 153-179.

Teaching Interests (with focus on Tropical Agriculture)

My teaching program includes courses related to the Environmental Horticulture curriculum.  Particular courses that address Tropical Agriculture include Orchidology, Palm Biology and Culture, and Residential Landscape Design (with focus on environmental landscaping).

Extension/Outreach Interests (with focus on Tropical Agriculture)

Although I do not have a formal extension appointment, I work closely with the tropical ornamental industry clientele and participate at several activities, functions, and events related to tropical agriculture, including the Tropical Plant Industry Exhibit (TPIE), and collaboration activities with Fairchild Tropical Garden, the Montgomery Botanic Center, and the Kampong (University of Hawaii).

International Activities (with focus on Tropical Agriculture)

My international program has developed connections in Tropical America, including collaboration with researchers in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Brazil.  I have hosted an intern from EARTH University in Costa Rica; have delivered a course on orchid productions at the University of Chiapas, in Mexico, and have hosted graduate students and visiting professors from Brazil.  I have established cooperative agreements with the Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV), in Viçosa, and Universidade Federal dos Vales do Jequitinhonha e Mucuri (UFVJM), in Diamantina, both in the state of Minas Gerais, and collaborative efforts with Universidade Estadual de Londrina (UEL), in Londrina, and Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR), in Curitiba, both in the state of Paraná, Brazil.  I have also been invited and participated at a 10-day Floriculture Trade Mission to South Africa by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in Association with the Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA)


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