"I like to work closely with my students, from a scientific research point of view. Define a problem, design a method of coming up with the answer to the problem, and then actually do the research to find the answers. I think it is important to instill the sense of curiosity and joy and wonder about what we do."
Dr. Manners attended Anderson College, earning the B. A. in chemistry and biology. From there, he went to the University of Florida for the M. S. and Ph. D. degrees in horticultural science, specializing in flowering physiology of tropical fruits. He has been teaching at FSC since 1981, and has specialized in fruit production (mostly citrus), as well as roses, and techniques of propagation of various crops. Since 1996, he has participated in 14 USAID-funded vounteer consulting missions to developing countries, to help alleviate their extreme poverty through education on better crop production methods. Countries include Ethopia, Egypt, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, India, Bangladesh, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Angola. He is very active in the preservation of heirloom genetic resources in roses, and is a trustee of the Heritage Rose Foundation.
Plants and Society; Intro. to Horticultural Science; Tropical and Temperate Fruits; Citrus Utilization; Citrus Pest Management; Citrus Disease Management; Pest and Disease Management; Water and Weed Management; Ornamental Pest Management; Ornamental Horticulture; Plant Taxonomy; Plant Physiology; General Botany
Ph.D., Horticultural Science, University of Florida
M. S., Fruit crops/tropical fruit physiology, University of Florida
A. B., Biology and Chemistry, Anderson College
Presidents Volunteer Service Award, from the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation on behalf of the President of the United States to recognize the best in American spirit and encourage all Americans to contribute through volunteer service. For service as a volunteer in Bangladesh on two Winrock International Farmer-to-Farmer projects, consulting with plant nurseries on their production and propagation techniques.
Certificate of Merit, American Rose Society, for best article in a newsletter - 2006
Named John and Ruth Tyndall Professor of Citrus Science - 2003
Ben and Janice Wade Award for Exemplary Teaching - 2003
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